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16 Mar, 2017

Huge plastic waste footprint revealed

By | March 16th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Soft drinks makers admit more needs to be done to stop people discarding single-use plastic bottles. Their UK trade body says it will work with government to reduce the number of bottles ending in the sea. It follows research from Greenpeace suggesting the top six global firms sell plastic bottles weighing more [...]

8 Mar, 2017

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

By | March 8th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

As the coffee cup recycling debate continues to grab national headlines, a new eco-innovation has launched which could set a new standard for another key circular economy conundrum: non-biodegradable coffee capsules. Start-up firm Halo Coffee, which has been supported by Cranfield University’s Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC), claims to have developed the world’s first [...]

2 Mar, 2017

Only 14 per cent of plastics are recycled – Can tech innovation tackle the rest?

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

The world recycles just 14 per cent of the plastic packaging it uses. Even worse: 8 million tonnes of plastic, much of it packaging, ends up in the oceans each year, where sea life and birds die from eating it or getting entangled in it. Some of the plastics will also bind with industrial chemicals [...]

27 Feb, 2017

Celebrity backing as UN declares war on plastic waste in the oceans

By | February 27th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

UN Environment (UNEP) launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter yesterday, including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. UN Environment (UNEP) launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter yesterday, including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, [...]

20 Feb, 2017

Charging for carrier bags to be mandatory in Spain from 2018

By | February 20th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

All shops in Spain will be required by law to charge a minimum of five cents for plastic carrier bags – and in some cases, could end up applying prices of up to 30 cents. The environment ministry led by Isabel García Tejerina says free plastic bags will be banned from January [...]

20 Feb, 2017

Italy – 20 years of continuous growth in separate collection & recycling of organic wastes

By | February 20th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

In February 1997 the Italian national Decree n° 22 was adopted reorganising the framework conditions and the strategic outlook for MSW. Today Italy collects separately 48 per cent of all MSW with peaks of around 70 per cent. In February 1997 the Italian national Decree n° 22 was adopted reorganising the framework conditions [...]

20 Feb, 2017

Plastic ‘nurdles’ found littering UK beaches

By | February 20th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

A search of 279 beaches around the UK has found that almost three-quarters of them were littered with tiny plastic "nurdles". Volunteers signed up to search their local shoreline, ranging between Shetland and the Scilly Isles, for the lentil-sized pellets, used as a raw material to make plastic products. They can cause [...]

13 Feb, 2017

Our seas have become a plastic graveyard – but can technology turn the tide?

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

When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous. The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film A Plastic Ocean, but were forced to divert [...]

5 Dec, 2016

Bioplastics industry continues to expand despite low oil prices

By | December 5th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

The bioplastics industry is continuing to see stable growth despite falling oil prices, representing a positive shift in business attitudes towards manufacturing low-carbon, resource-efficient products. and a lack of stronger political support to realise the potential of bio-based materials in Europe. Data presented at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin this week reveals [...]

11 Nov, 2016

The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2016-17

By | November 11th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

In Florida, Reverdia took the #1 spot in the 2016 “40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published in The Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read advanced bioeconomy dailies. Last year, Reverdia ranked #12. Gingko BioWorks (#2), Rennovia (#3), Leaf Resources (#4), Mango Materials (#5), Calysta (#6), Bolt Threads (#7), [...]