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6 Jul, 2018

Environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and packaging

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

A form of environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and other packaging after a breakthrough by British scientists. They have found a way to ‘edit’ the genes of a microbe to speed up the conversion of plant material into bioplastics that break down naturally. Read [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

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

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic. The new approaches include genetically modifying bacteria to eat wood and produce useful chemicals. But the bioplastics are currently significantly more expensive to make than fossil [...]

2 Jul, 2018

Iceland: One small policy could make a big impact on our war on plastic

By | July 2nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

After announcing a series of plastic waste-busting policies in recent weeks, including a trial of an in-store reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and the adoption of plastic-free labelling for its own-brand packaging, supermarket chain Iceland's Managing Director Richard Walker shares his thoughts on the fight against plastic waste. Read full article

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, [...]

26 May, 2018

WRAP restates UK food waste figures to support united global action

By | May 26th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Figures for the levels of UK food waste have been restated by WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability body, as part of a drive for greater international consistency in measurement, reporting and action on food waste. WRAP has restated the way UK household food waste is defined and described, to conform to the Food [...]

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 [...]