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21 Oct, 2020

US chemical industry overreaches by invoking USMCA

By |2020-10-21T09:06:29+00:00October 21st, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on US chemical industry overreaches by invoking USMCA

The world is drowning in plastic. The sheer volume and variety of plastics on the market, and its persistence in nature, create significant risks for human and animal health and the survival of sensitive ecosystems. While Canada proposes regulating plastics as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and to ban [...]

21 Oct, 2020

19-year study shows we’ve been undervaluing how much compost can boost carbon capture

By |2020-10-21T08:35:47+00:00October 21st, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on 19-year study shows we’ve been undervaluing how much compost can boost carbon capture

It's no secret that organic farmers believe in compost, but just what role compost plays in soil's ability to store carbon - and keep it out of the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change - has been less clear. A recent study out of the University of California, Davis suggests that compost plays a [...]

18 Sep, 2020

Small businesses make strides in compostable packaging

By |2020-09-18T06:33:33+00:00September 18th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Small businesses make strides in compostable packaging

For years, plastic has played an important role in the food and drink sector by protecting goods from damage and ensuring a longer shelf life. But with the UK generating around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste, according to circular economy experts at WRAP, the industry is facing a crisis. “Plastic [...]

26 Aug, 2020

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

By |2020-08-26T08:48:47+00:00August 26th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

The world wastes more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. The planet’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US and Europe. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum identified cutting food waste by up to 20 million tonnes as one [...]

14 Aug, 2020

AORA: Four Corners Plastic Wars has lessons for Aus

By |2020-08-14T17:22:38+00:00August 14th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on AORA: Four Corners Plastic Wars has lessons for Aus

The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA), the national voice of the organics recycling industry, believes Plastic Wars, featured on Four Corners, contains valuable lessons for Australia in better managing its waste and recycling tasks. Plastic Wars, a PBS Frontline production from the USA, was featured on Four Corners on 10 August and provides [...]

5 Aug, 2020

Australian made BioBag goes full circle from farm to compost

By |2020-08-05T10:09:33+00:00August 5th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Australian made BioBag goes full circle from farm to compost

Farmers using plastic mulch film now have a compostable alternative that returns to the earth as organic matter instead of polluting soil with microplastics that remain for decades, even centuries. An Australian made, compostable agricultural film called BioAgri can be customised for farmers by Adelaide-based BioBag World Australia.  In a circular story, the BioAgri film [...]

29 Jun, 2020

Compostable Product Disintegration Rate

By |2020-06-29T11:18:22+00:00June 29th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Compostable Product Disintegration Rate

Part I of this article summarized the scope and research methods for a recent study at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands that analyzed the fate of compostable packaging in an industrial composting plant. The central aim of the study, “The fate of (compostable) plastic products in a full scale industrial organic waste [...]

4 Jun, 2020

Moving up the agenda | Supplier analysis – compostables

By |2020-06-04T09:45:05+00:00June 4th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Moving up the agenda | Supplier analysis – compostables

Waqas Qureshi hears from seven compostable and biodegradable packaging suppliers. The mood on the long-term outlook is mixed but there is a call for clarity over how the UK manages these materials. The industry experts interviewed are: Nick Burton – Managing Director of Celebration Packaging Joe Frankel – Chief Executive of Vegware [...]

27 May, 2020

Malaysia endures toxic legacy of UK plastic waste exports

By |2020-06-10T08:41:34+00:00May 27th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Malaysia endures toxic legacy of UK plastic waste exports

In its latest report,  The Recycling Myth 2.0, Greenpeace reveals that plastic waste exports from the UK and other developed nations, illegally dumped in Malaysia, have caused widespread environmental contamination. Heavy metals and toxic chemicals potentially harmful to human health, were found to be present in soil and water samples taken from [...]

15 Apr, 2020

Huge knowledge gap over health of soil

By |2020-04-15T08:40:34+00:00April 15th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Huge knowledge gap over health of soil

A vital knowledge gap about England’s environment has been uncovered by soil campaigners. They have discovered that just 0.41 per cent of the cash invested in environmental monitoring goes on examining the soil. That’s despite the fact that soils round the world – including in the UK – are said to be [...]