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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 [...]

1 Apr, 2020

‘Burnt and dumped’: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever and Nestlé plastics waste fuelling climate change

By |2020-04-01T06:52:22+00:00April 1st, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on ‘Burnt and dumped’: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever and Nestlé plastics waste fuelling climate change

A new report by international development and relief agency Tearfund claims that single-use bottles, sachets and packets produced by the companies are being burnt in developing countries at an alarming rate and contributing to the climate crisis in the process. The Burning Question report found that the four global companies create enough plastic pollution [...]

11 Mar, 2020

Green expectations | Special report – bioplastics

By |2020-03-11T13:27:19+00:00March 11th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Green expectations | Special report – bioplastics

Around 50 per cent of the five million tonnes of plastic currently in circulation throughout the UK each year is used for packaging; maybe a quarter of which gets recycled. This compares pretty well with the proportion of waste to consumption worldwide, which could be as much as 90 per cent of [...]

27 Jan, 2020

Compostable packaging infrastructure can solve the plastic packaging issue

By |2020-01-27T10:28:17+00:00January 27th, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Compostable packaging infrastructure can solve the plastic packaging issue

The petrol-powered motor was first invented in 1885, however, it took until 1913 to become mass produced and cemented as a cornerstone of daily life. The replacement of the horse and carriage with the car was revolutionary. However, the development of the infrastructure to ensure cars would, for example, always be within [...]

23 Jan, 2020

“Rejuvenated” support urged for national ban on food waste to landfill

By |2020-01-23T12:00:23+00:00January 23rd, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on “Rejuvenated” support urged for national ban on food waste to landfill

ReFood is calling for “rejuvenated government support” in its national drive to nationally ban food waste from landfill. Having lobbied for a UK-wide ban since launching its Vision 2020 roadmap in 2013, ReFood says that achieving this ambition will be “impossible” without decisive legislative support. “With UK landfill sites now at bursting [...]

23 Jan, 2020

Global resource consumption passes 100 billion tonnes a year

By |2020-01-23T11:58:17+00:00January 23rd, 2020|News from the web|Comments Off on Global resource consumption passes 100 billion tonnes a year

The global economy is consuming 100 billion tonnes of materials a year for the first time ever – but reuse of resources has gone into reverse, according to a new report. Launched 21 January in Davos at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, The Circularity Gap Report 2020 suggests that [...]