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7 Jun, 2018

Plastic pollution on the agenda for World Environment Day

By | June 7th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

In the end, this World Environment Day was so much more than we could have imagined. We had an astonishing announcement from the Government of India, a record-breaking number of registered events around the world, and a social media game that broke every expectation. Our site nearly crashed a couple of times because of all the traffic, but [...]

5 Jun, 2018

Chile to become first South American country to ban plastic bags

By | June 5th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Chile is set to become the first South American country to ban plastic bags. Politicians in the country's House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass a law that would come into force in a year’s time for retailers and in two years’ time for smaller businesses. In total 134 voted in favour and there was one abstention. Read [...]

1 Jun, 2018

Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

By | June 1st, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Wilmbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges. Freshpak is a folding box carton, which RAP said has been made of 'fully sustainable' boards and cullulose film, both of which are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). AgriRap, meanwhile, [...]

17 May, 2018

UK losing topsoil at a rate of 2.9 million tonnes a year

By | May 17th, 2018|News from the web, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Sustainable Soils Alliance is a partnership of businesses, campaigning organisations, the applied scientific community, academia, governmental and non-governmental organisations working together to reverse the current crisis in soil health, which currently sees an estimated 2.9 million tonnes of topsoil lost each year in the UK. Read full article

16 May, 2018

Parliament to ‘virtually eliminate single-use plastics’ by 2019

By | May 16th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Yesterday (15 May), the UK Parliament announced a comprehensive range of steps to drastically reduce its consumption of single-use plastics by 2019. From coffee cups and straws to plastic bags and water bottles, these measures will virtually eliminate single-use avoidable plastics from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, replacing [...]

24 Apr, 2018

Strawless in Seattle: How a major coastal city is tackling marine litter

By | April 24th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

In July 2018, customers in Seattle – the largest city in the State of Washington, along the United States’ Pacific Coast – will have to ask for a biodegradable paper straw with their drink, or decide to go without it. While it’s a small change, it has life-saving implications for the ocean. The [...]

19 Apr, 2018

Can dirt save the Earth?

By | April 19th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Climate change often evokes images of smokestacks, and for good reason: The single largest source of carbon emissions related to human activity is heat and power generation, which accounts for about one-quarter of the carbon we put into the atmosphere. Often overlooked, though, is how we use land, which contributes almost as much. The [...]

12 Apr, 2018

Plastic doesn’t reduce food waste, study finds

By | April 12th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

A new study from Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe says annual use of plastic packaging per person has grown simultaneously with food waste since the 1950s - finding that we now use 30kg of plastic each a year in Europe, and waste 173kg of food. "What this study shows," [...]

6 Apr, 2018

Plastics all at sea

By | April 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Images of turtles trapped in plastic packaging or a fish nibbling on microfibres pull on the heartstrings. Yet many scientists studying plastics in the oceans remain open-minded on the longterm effects. While plastics shouldn’t be in our oceans, they say there is still insufficient evidence to determine whether microplastics – the very tiniest [...]

3 Apr, 2018

UK reverses opposition to tough EU recycling targets

By | April 3rd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The UK has reversed its opposition to tough EU recycling targets and will now back a goal of recycling two-thirds of urban waste by 2035, the Guardian has learned. The nation’s recycling rate has stalled and it is set to miss its current target of 50 per cent by 2020. The prime minister, [...]