23 Nov, 2021

Solving the plastic waste problem of nappies

By |2021-11-23T11:53:56+00:00November 23rd, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Solving the plastic waste problem of nappies

Debate around single-use plastics tends to centre on plastic straws and bags, despite disposable nappies being one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste globally. They are typically made from a multitude of plastics, including a polyethylene waterproof back layer and a polypropylene inner layer. A baby may get through between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies [...]

23 Nov, 2021

COP26 finds consensus on key climate change strategies

By |2021-11-23T11:33:06+00:00November 23rd, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on COP26 finds consensus on key climate change strategies

COP26 deliberations came to an end recently. The wide-ranging set of decisions, resolutions and statements that constitute the outcome of the summit were the fruit of intense negotiations, strenuous formal and informal work over many months, and constant engagement both in-person and virtually for nearly two years. The package adopted, the UN says, was a [...]

2 Nov, 2021

Microplastics found in the blood of farm animals for the first time

By |2021-11-02T14:47:53+00:00November 2nd, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Microplastics found in the blood of farm animals for the first time

Scientists have discovered microplastics in the blood of farm animals, including cows and pigs, for the first time, prompting concern over the material's movement through the food chain towards humans. The research, which involved 12 cows and six pigs, was led by the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Those working on the project have warned of [...]

15 Oct, 2021

Study links phthalate exposure to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality

By |2021-10-15T09:16:12+00:00October 15th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Study links phthalate exposure to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality

A report published on Tuesday (12 October) in Environmental Pollution has identified a link between phthalate exposure and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. The research states that, in a sample representative of the US population, the associated risks to mortality accrued societal costs of more than USD $39 billion per annum. The study sampled 5303 adults [...]

15 Oct, 2021

Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

By |2021-10-15T08:55:00+00:00October 15th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

The US Environment Protection Agency recently found that recycled paper and construction materials "contained greater numbers of chemicals than virgin products". Researchers found 733 chemicals in particular, including flame retardants, solvents, and dyes, which had a "greater occurrence in recycled compared to virgin materials". The authors of the paper, which was published in Environmental Science [...]

25 Aug, 2021

Composting certified compostable products

By |2021-08-25T10:05:44+00:00August 25th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Composting certified compostable products

Allowance of compostable liner bags, and in some cases compostable products, is a must for some clients of a Tennessee composter. Key has been tweaking processes and equipment to manage them successfully. In 2011, Edward Wansing launched The Compost Company in Ashland City, Tennessee, the first organics recycler in the mid-state region around Nashville. Wansing, [...]

3 Aug, 2021

Sustainable futures over the next decade are rooted in soil science

By |2021-08-03T09:53:02+00:00August 3rd, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Sustainable futures over the next decade are rooted in soil science

In response to an emerging need to better understand soils as key deliverers of these vital services, the make-up of the soil science research community has been transformed. Soil science has arguably shifted from a discipline largely concerned with the fundamental mechanics of soil systems (soil physics, soil biology, soil chemistry, soil hydrology, etc), to [...]

6 Jul, 2021

Single-Use Plastics Directive comes into force

By |2021-07-06T10:34:36+00:00July 6th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Single-Use Plastics Directive comes into force

The EU's Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) came into force on 3 July. The guidelines can be accessed through the European Commission website. They involve important changes to labelling, to materials and products permitted to be sold on the European market. More specifically, the SUPD comprises product bans; design requirements; targets for separate plastic recycling collections; [...]

2 Jun, 2021

European Commission publishes new SUP guidelines

By |2021-06-02T14:21:50+00:00June 2nd, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on European Commission publishes new SUP guidelines

On 31 May the EU Commission published the long awaited and delayed SUP guidelines, which aim to support Member States in the implementation of the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive at national level by 3 July 2021. The EU Commission also published a Q&A on the application of SUP rules, as it can be expected that [...]

5 May, 2021

Benefits of compost highlighted during International Compost Awareness Week 2021

By |2021-05-05T12:08:39+00:00May 5th, 2021|News from the web|Comments Off on Benefits of compost highlighted during International Compost Awareness Week 2021

Compost organisations around the world have joined forces to highlight how composting can recycle carbon, help mitigate climate change and feed the soil. International Compost Awareness Week (2-8 May) showcases how recycling organic wastes into compost can benefit the environment and people by locking up carbon in soil, returning nutrients to degraded land while also [...]

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