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14 Jan, 2018

Scotland proposed total ban on plastic cotton buds

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP has proposed an outright ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic cotton buds in an ambitious move to mitigate the flow of plastics waste entering the oceans and washing up on Scottish beaches. The MSP was visiting Gullane beach in East-Lothian when she made the [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Government commits to zero ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042 in 25 Year Environment Plan

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Prime Minister Theresa May has committed the UK to eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as she revealed the long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan today (11 January). In a speech delivered at the West London Wetlands Centre, May outlined her government’s long-term plans for safeguarding the environment, placing a specific emphasis on plastic waste, [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Europe’s ‘best-kept secret’ – its booming bio-economy

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Europe’s bio-economy is worth €2.2 trillion and employs 18.6 million people across the bloc, but a third of citizens are unaware it exists. “People are completely unaware that the EU is number one in the world [for bio-based products] and they don’t know it is investing [in the bio-economy],” said Susanna Albertini, managing [...]

21 Dec, 2017

Why healthy soils and forests are key to climate protection and prosperity

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

What links climate change, poverty and migration? The Global Landscapes Forum addresses how land-use is central to global challenges that are more interconnected than many of us realize. What does the politics of how we use land have to do with climate change? And with poverty, conflict and migration? These are the questions [...]

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, [...]