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12 Dec, 2017

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

By | December 12th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. "This is a planetary crisis... we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean," UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week. But how does [...]

5 Dec, 2017

Ocean plastic a ‘planetary crisis’ – UN

By | December 5th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned. Lisa Svensson said governments, firms and individual people must act far more quickly to halt plastic pollution. "This is a planetary crisis," she said. "In a few short decades since we discovered [...]

13 Nov, 2017

Biorefinery of available industrial waste could add millions to Scottish economy

By | November 13th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Up to 27 million tonnes of waste from industry could be better utilised through biorefining in Scotland every year, with the potential to add millions of pounds of value to Scotland’s economy, says a new Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) report. Released yesterday (25 October), ZWS’s new report - ‘Biorefining Potential for Scotland’ - [...]

6 Nov, 2017

Heinz and Ford’s drive to make bio-plastic from tomatoes

By | November 6th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Heinz and Ford find common purpose as tomato fibre is used to develop a bio-plastic that can be used in cars Heinz began collaborating with Ford because they both wanted the same thing: improving their environmental impact. This common purpose provided the bedrock for one of the most innovative of business partnerships. One night [...]

3 Oct, 2017

Cleaning up Zimbabwe with a styrofoam ban

By | October 3rd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Styrofoam pollution is a serious problem in Zimbabwe. The government is set to ban the ubiquitous material for use in food containers and to promote greener alternatives. But not everyone is happy with the move. Zimbabwe's streets, rivers, drains and lakes are awash with discarded, non-recyclable Styrofoam food containers. A problem worsened [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency

By | October 2nd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Berlin, 21 September 2017 – In the light of the current debates and consultations on the upcoming EU Strategy on Plastics and the revision of the EU waste legislation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, echoes the call for greater investments in the implementation of separate recycling streams, [...]

28 Sep, 2017

EAC relaunches inquiry to curb impact of coffee cups and plastic bottles

By | September 28th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is relaunching its predecessor’s investigation into the impact of disposable drinks packaging on the environment, after the original inquiry was disrupted by the general election. The new inquiry will look at what actions are being undertaken by industry and government to reduce waste generated by takeaway cups and plastic bottles, [...]

25 Sep, 2017

Wrapped in plastic, China’s farmland is suffering

By | September 25th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Covering soil in plastic has been a boon for agriculture around the world, especially in China, where an area half the size of California is under polyethylene wrap. Farmers cover their land in razor-thin sheets of the translucent white film to trap moisture and heat and to prevent weeds and pests. The so-called [...]

29 Aug, 2017

Kenya plastic bag ban comes into force after years of delays

By | August 29th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years. The government says the ban will help protect the environment. But manufacturers of the bags [...]

21 Jul, 2017

The Role of Bioplastics in the New Plastic Economy

By | July 21st, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Bioplastics are shaping our economy as they increase in use and feasibility. Green Dot Bioplastics’ Kevin Ireland explains why there is still vast room for growth. Bioplastics will be a major component in the New Plastic Economy. For plastics to thrive without harmful waste and negative environmental impact, a switch from a linear economy [...]