Catch Plastics Blog

10Dec

Scallops Absorb Billions of Microplastics in Just 6 Hours

Scallops Absorb Billions of Microplastics in Just 6 Hours

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the proliferation of micro-plastics in the world’s oceans is how they might move up […]

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10Dec

UK’s first national crisp packet recycling scheme launched by Walkers

UK’s first national crisp packet recycling scheme launched by Walkers

The UK’s largest crisp brand has today (10 December) launched a UK-wide crisp packet recycling scheme, after partnering with TerraCycle […]

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10Dec

Palagan working with local MP to increase understanding of plastics

Palagan working with local MP to increase understanding of plastics

Palagan is working with South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous to help increase government understanding of plastic materials and recyclability. […]

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07Dec

Confectionary giant strengthens packaging commitments

Confectionary giant strengthens packaging commitments

The snack manufacturing company behind brands such as McVitie’s and Jacob’s has today (7 December) joined WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact, […]

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07Dec

Tri-Star Packaging produces 100% recycled plastic salad packs for Chop’d

Tri-Star Packaging produces 100% recycled plastic salad packs for Chop’d

Food to Go chain Chop’d will be selling its salad offering in 100% recycled PET from January 2019, supplied by […]

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07Dec

Hubbub to launch third waste-cleaning boat as part of UK ‘plastic fishing’ tour

Hubbub to launch third waste-cleaning boat as part of UK ‘plastic fishing’ tour

Environmental charity Hubbub has unveiled plans to launch its third waste-cleaning boat made from recycled plastic, after partnering with media […]

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07Dec

Unilever pours €100,000 into plastic-free laundry tablet

Unilever pours €100,000 into plastic-free laundry tablet

Unilever, the multinational behind cleaning brands such as Persil, CIF and Domestos, has announced plans to invest €100,000 in a […]

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07Dec

“Convenience is Key” To Successful Deposit Return Scheme – RECOUP

“Convenience is Key” To Successful Deposit Return Scheme – RECOUP

Plastics Recycling Charity, RECOUP, has undertaken consumer insight research to understand a range of considerations for a Deposit Return Scheme […]

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06Dec

Why some see Chile’s plastic bag ban as a rubbish proposal

Why some see Chile’s plastic bag ban as a rubbish proposal

In August, Chile became the first country in Latin America to ban stores from handing out free plastic bags to […]

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06Dec

Corona Becomes First Big Beer Brand to Trial Plastic-Free Rings

Corona Becomes First Big Beer Brand to Trial Plastic-Free Rings

Corona will pilot 100 percent plastic-free six pack rings in select markets—the first global beer brand to attempt the switch […]

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06Dec

The Ocean Cleanup Isn’t Capturing Plastic, But Organizers Are Testing A Solution

The Ocean Cleanup Isn’t Capturing Plastic, But Organizers Are Testing A Solution

Three months in, an ambitious project to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t capturing tons of plastic as […]

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05Dec

Microplastics found in guts of every species of sea turtle across world

Microplastics found in guts of every species of sea turtle across world

Fragments of plastic have been found in every single species of turtle in a new study spanning the world’s oceans. […]

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05Dec

Banning plastic ‘worse for the planet’ according to Scots scientists

Banning plastic ‘worse for the planet’ according to Scots scientists

Banning plastics in an attempt to combat the amount of man-made rubbish piling up in the environment could cause the […]

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05Dec

£60m Funding For “Environmentally-Friendly” Plastic Alternatives

£60m Funding For “Environmentally-Friendly” Plastic Alternatives

Household food scraps could be transformed into “environmentally-friendly” plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to £60m of new government […]

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04Dec

Cardiff Strives To Reduce Single-Use Plastic Waste Through Refill Scheme

Cardiff Strives To Reduce Single-Use Plastic Waste Through Refill Scheme

Refill Cardiff has been launched with an aim of reducing single-use plastic waste and making it easier to get free […]

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04Dec

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Despite a few hiccups along the way, Australia’s plastic bag consumption has dropped drastically. Three months after two of the […]

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04Dec

Novamont tackles microbeads in cosmetics to fight marine pollution

Novamont tackles microbeads in cosmetics to fight marine pollution

Novamont has developed a line of bio-based and readily biodegradable ingredients for cosmetic applications to fight marine plastic pollution. To […]

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03Dec

Microplastic toxins leave shellfish at mercy of predators – research

Microplastic toxins leave shellfish at mercy of predators – research

Toxins leaching from microplastics leave shellfish at the mercy of predators, research has found. The chemicals completely suppress the ability […]

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03Dec

A video on the devastating effects of plastic pollution on marine life!

A video on the devastating effects of plastic pollution on marine life!

  https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6472082000391081984/?commentUrn=urn%3Ali%3Acomment%3A(ugcPost%3A6472081898373021696%2C6474508745442410497) (Photo credit: Gemredding via Getty Images)

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03Dec

Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is making a new strategic investment from Loop Industries to purchase a supply of 100% recycled […]

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30Nov

Valpak urges more collaboration on plastics

Valpak urges more collaboration on plastics

Packaging compliance scheme Valpak has called for further “innovation and collaboration” in order to meet the targets set out in […]

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29Nov

Plastics industry helps designers create easy-to-recycle packaging

Plastics industry helps designers create easy-to-recycle packaging

RECOUP and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have launched new guidance to help packaging designers create easy-to-recycle plastic packaging. To […]

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28Nov

Ocean Pollution Campaign Receives £24,000 Boost From Enforcement Undertaking

Ocean Pollution Campaign Receives £24,000 Boost From Enforcement Undertaking

A campaign aimed at reducing waste pollution in our oceans and on beaches has been given a boost of more […]

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28Nov

Trawling for trash: the brands turning plastic pollution into fashion

Trawling for trash: the brands turning plastic pollution into fashion

Fishing nets and discarded plastic are finding their way into wardrobes around the world thanks to a rise in the […]

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27Nov

Merlin Entertainments begins single-use plastic phase out, starting with straws

Merlin Entertainments begins single-use plastic phase out, starting with straws

The Legolands, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds operator has launched a review into the sale and distribution of single-use plastic […]

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26Nov

Gove hints at further plastic focus in Resources strategy

Gove hints at further plastic focus in Resources strategy

The government’s waste and resources strategy will look at ‘further restrictions’ on some single-use plastic items, Environment Secretary Michael Gove […]

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23Nov

EU Commission attacks ‘weak’ plastic pledges

EU Commission attacks ‘weak’ plastic pledges

The European Commission has urged industry to go further with pledges to use recycled plastic in products. The call comes after an […]

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23Nov

Co-op Rolls Out Compostable Carrier Bags In 1,000 Stores

Co-op Rolls Out Compostable Carrier Bags In 1,000 Stores

The Co-op has this week rolled out its scheme to offer compostable carrier bags to customers from 1,000 stores across […]

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22Nov

Swindon MP opens ‘plastic-to-oil’ machine factory

Swindon MP opens ‘plastic-to-oil’ machine factory

Justin Tomlinson, the Conservative MP and a former marketing executive, expressed delight that Swindon is “leading the world” in the […]

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22Nov

Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach

Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including […]

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22Nov

Tyres and synthetic clothes ‘big cause of microplastic pollution’

Tyres and synthetic clothes ‘big cause of microplastic pollution’

Vehicle tyres and synthetic clothing are the two leading contributors to micro-plastic pollution from UK households, according to a new […]

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21Nov

“Refundable” Levy On All Packaging Recommended In New Report

“Refundable” Levy On All Packaging Recommended In New Report

Policy measures to deliver increased use of post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) in the UK economy are outlined in a new […]

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21Nov

Tetra Pak partners with Veolia to improve recyclability of beverage carton components

Tetra Pak partners with Veolia to improve recyclability of beverage carton components

Packaging giant Tetra Pak has partnered with global resource and waste management firm Veolia to develop technologies and infrastructure that […]

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21Nov

‘Sad surprise’: Amazon fish contaminated by plastic particles

‘Sad surprise’: Amazon fish contaminated by plastic particles

Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which […]

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21Nov

Disruptive plastics firm Polymateria backed by £1m Innovate UK funding

Disruptive plastics firm Polymateria backed by £1m Innovate UK funding

BT’s former chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne’s vision to create the “Tesla of plastics” has moved a step closer to […]

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20Nov

What you need to know about plant-based plastics

What you need to know about plant-based plastics

More than eighteen trillion pounds of plastic have been produced to date, and eighteen billion pounds of plastic flows into […]

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19Nov

Food experts discuss UK plastic challenges at Peterborough event

Food experts discuss UK plastic challenges at Peterborough event

With the UK’s ‘on-the-go’ recycling needing improvement and consumer awareness growing, the food industry has to innovate and change its […]

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19Nov

Four Critical Climate Change Response Strategies Every Government Should Implement … Now

Four Critical Climate Change Response Strategies Every Government Should Implement … Now

The recent IPCC report 2018 suggests that climate change is occurring earlier and more rapidly than expected. It stated that […]

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19Nov

Thomas Cook reveals ‘pragmatic’ pledge to slash single-use plastics

Thomas Cook reveals ‘pragmatic’ pledge to slash single-use plastics

Thomas Cook has pledged to slash the use of plastic across its airlines and resorts, vowing to remove 70 million […]

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19Nov

Budgens Store Becomes One Of World’s First To Have Plastic-free Zones

Budgens Store Becomes One Of World’s First To Have Plastic-free Zones

A supermarket in north London has become one of the first in the world to introduce plastic-free zones to encourage […]

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16Nov

How to close the loop on a quarter-trillion plastic bottles a year

How to close the loop on a quarter-trillion plastic bottles a year

Serious, sensible world-scale solution to plastic beverage bottle pollution that beverage and retail companies can implement now to collect all […]

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16Nov

UK Aid funds WasteAid to recycle ocean-bound plastics in the Gambia

UK Aid funds WasteAid to recycle ocean-bound plastics in the Gambia

WasteAid is excited to announce it has received grant funding from UK Aid to run a two-year plastics recycling programme […]

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15Nov

Greenpeace Publishes “Most Comprehensive” Supermarket Plastic Research

Greenpeace Publishes “Most Comprehensive” Supermarket Plastic Research

The research presents the findings of the most comprehensive survey to date on how supermarkets are addressing plastic pollution. This […]

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15Nov

WRAP Signposts Way Towards Sustainable Use Of Plastics

WRAP Signposts Way Towards Sustainable Use Of Plastics

Key actions businesses should take to help curb the situation of plastic packaging polluting the environment have been laid out […]

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15Nov

Supermarkets still produce thousands of tonnes of plastic bags

Supermarkets still produce thousands of tonnes of plastic bags

Big supermarkets are producing billions of single-use plastic bags each year despite charges that are designed to reduce their use […]

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14Nov

These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

Each of 1.3 billion Indians use on average 11kg of plastic pa. The Indus carries the second most plastic to […]

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14Nov

Survey Shows 90% Want All Packaging To Be Recyclable

Survey Shows 90% Want All Packaging To Be Recyclable

A survey conducted by Cardiff University shows three quarters of people want the government to ensure products are recyclable and […]

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13Nov

“A Little More Recycling” Not Enough To Make Ireland’s Plastic Economy Circular

“A Little More Recycling” Not Enough To Make Ireland’s Plastic Economy Circular

Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will target the “most pressing” waste prevention priorities facing Ireland, including plastics, as part of […]

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13Nov

Council’s Decision To Stop Recycling Plastic “Regressive”, Says Coffey

Council’s Decision To Stop Recycling Plastic “Regressive”, Says Coffey

Minister for Resources, Dr Therese Coffey has written to Swindon Borough Council to ask it to “reflect carefully” on its […]

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13Nov

BBC outlines plan to become a ‘model for sustainable broadcasting’

BBC outlines plan to become a ‘model for sustainable broadcasting’

BBC has launched the Greener Broadcasting Strategy with commitment to cut single use plastic, use 100% renewable electricity and send […]

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13Nov

Coalition Calls For Binding Recycled Content Targets in Beverage Bottles

Coalition Calls For Binding Recycled Content Targets in Beverage Bottles

A binding target of at least 35% recycled content in packaging would transform the waste and recycling sector in Europe. […]

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12Nov

Retailers to pay up to £1bn for recycling under waste strategy

Retailers to pay up to £1bn for recycling under waste strategy

The issue of producer responsibility will transform the packaging and recycling landscape with a move to a new waste strategy […]

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09Nov

The Power Of Purpose: How Adidas Will Make $1 Billion Helping Solve The Problem Of Ocean Plastic

The Power Of Purpose: How Adidas Will Make $1 Billion Helping Solve The Problem Of Ocean Plastic

As more and more companies find their purpose and innovate around ways to use business as a force for good, […]

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09Nov

How former Arsenal team-mates Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini are aiming to save the planet

How former Arsenal team-mates Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini are aiming to save the planet

Former Arsenal teammates Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil launch UNITY a well-being brand to promote sustainability, initially comprising 11 vegan-friendly […]

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08Nov

Viridor collaborates with brands on product packaging

Viridor collaborates with brands on product packaging

Viridor has announced it is working with a number of leading highstreet retail brands to ensure product packaging can survive […]

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08Nov

‘Bioplastics’: help or hindrance to achieving a circular plastics economy?

‘Bioplastics’: help or hindrance to achieving a circular plastics economy?

As we face into the enormous necessity and challenge of creating a radically different approach to using plastics this is […]

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08Nov

University of Leeds – Our pledge: become single-use plastic free by 2023

University of Leeds – Our pledge: become single-use plastic free by 2023

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023. To find out […]

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08Nov

‘Single-use’ named 2018 word of the year

‘Single-use’ named 2018 word of the year

Collins Dictionary makes ‘single-use’ it’s word of the year reflecting a fourfold increase in its usage since 2013. Whilst closely […]

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07Nov

Plastic waste is good and bad for Malaysia. Here’s why

Plastic waste is good and bad for Malaysia. Here’s why

Hundreds of sacks filled with plastic waste from the United States, Britain, South Korea and Spain spill onto the streets […]

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07Nov

Extra 700,000 tons of plastic could be thrown away while government delays new tax, Labour claims

Extra 700,000 tons of plastic could be thrown away while government delays new tax, Labour claims

‘The government is showing a shocking disregard for the environment at a time when the urgency and seriousness of the […]

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07Nov

EU discussions centre on single use plastics

EU discussions centre on single use plastics

Lobby groups who are keen to see the European Parliament’s idea of having at least 35% of recycled plastic in […]

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06Nov

Meet the scientists who are trying to change plastics to make them biodegradable

Meet the scientists who are trying to change plastics to make them biodegradable

As the issue of single use plastics grips the nation, many have begun to advocate for alternative and more environmentally […]

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05Nov

Marks and Spencer launches shopping bag made with recycled plastic

Marks and Spencer launches shopping bag made with recycled plastic

M&S has launched an eco-shopping bag made with recycled plastic it says will help prevent waste and reduce poverty. The […]

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05Nov

TerraCycle teams up with producers on complex packaging

TerraCycle teams up with producers on complex packaging

Three recycling schemes for traditionally difficult to recycle packaging products have been announced in recent weeks, in partnership with specialist […]

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02Nov

Fight against plastic moves to space as satellites track pollution

Fight against plastic moves to space as satellites track pollution

Satellites are being used to help curb plastic on British coasts for the first time under a government scheme to […]

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01Nov

Money for old toothbrushes? Colgate announces recycling programme

Money for old toothbrushes? Colgate announces recycling programme

UK consumers can now post off their old toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and packaging for recycling under a new partnership between […]

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01Nov

Starfish have been feeding on plastic for 40 years off Scottish coast, scientists find

Starfish have been feeding on plastic for 40 years off Scottish coast, scientists find

Deep sea creatures living off the Outer Hebrides have been feeding on plastic for at least four decades, researchers have […]

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31Oct

HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics

HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics

On October 22nd 2018, NextWave Plastics — a collaborative, open-source initiative convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global […]

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30Oct

The battle to curb our appetite for concrete

The battle to curb our appetite for concrete

We extract billions of tonnes of sand and gravel each year to make concrete for the building industry, and this […]

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30Oct

‘Worst year’ for Horsey seals injured by rubbish

‘Worst year’ for Horsey seals injured by rubbish

The number of seals with “horrifying” injuries caused by fishing paraphernalia and plastic flying rings is on the rise, a […]

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29Oct

Budget 2018: Philip Hammond announces new tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled material

Budget 2018: Philip Hammond announces new tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled material

Philip Hammond has announced a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging that contains less than 30 […]

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29Oct

Prepare for the great nurdle invasion, as a wave of 1 billion plastic pellets bears down on WA

Prepare for the great nurdle invasion, as a wave of 1 billion plastic pellets bears down on WA

Plastics granules in the billions have been spilt into the sea near Durban South Africa and now some of these […]

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29Oct

UK plastics found in Malaysia’s illegal dumps

UK plastics found in Malaysia’s illegal dumps

The post consumer packaging that countries like UK and Australia collect and then export is ending up in locations like […]

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29Oct

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, launched a Global Commitment to address plastic waste and pollution at its source

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, launched a Global Commitment to address plastic waste and pollution at its source

Today over 250 businesses, governments and other organisations around the world signed a Global Commitment to eliminate plastics waste, incl. […]

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25Oct

M’sia to do away with single-use plastics

M’sia to do away with single-use plastics

There will be no more drinking straws and plastic carrier bags by 2030 under an ambitious plan that will see […]

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25Oct

Recycling options dwindle for councils hit by China ban

Recycling options dwindle for councils hit by China ban

Councils have spent years getting people to recycle plastic, but as the process gets harder there are fears of a […]

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25Oct

Residents to be told to stop recycling plastic by council

Residents to be told to stop recycling plastic by council

Swindon Borough Council wants to burn plastic along with other black bag waste rather than recycling the material. While this […]

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24Oct

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a […]

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24Oct

Thailand to ban plastic waste imports by 2021

Thailand to ban plastic waste imports by 2021

In a bid to stem the flow of imported rubbish coming into Southeast Asia following China’s waste ban, Thailand has […]

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23Oct

Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Microplastics have been found in human stools for the first time, according to a study suggesting the tiny particles may […]

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23Oct

‘No questions, no excuses’: the squad enforcing Mumbai’s ban on plastic

‘No questions, no excuses’: the squad enforcing Mumbai’s ban on plastic

At 10am on a muggy October morning, Crawford Market, one of Mumbai’s oldest, is stirring into life. In a first […]

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22Oct

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year

Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds could be banned within a year under government plans to cut pollution, Michael […]

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22Oct

Plastic recycling industry’s problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Plastic recycling industry’s problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as […]

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22Oct

Jamaica to ditch single use bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam in 2019

Jamaica to ditch single use bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam in 2019

Jamaica is introducing a ban on single use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam in a bid to reduce the […]

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19Oct

Micro-plastics found in 90 percent of table salt

Micro-plastics found in 90 percent of table salt

Micro-plastics were found in sea salt several years ago. But how extensively plastic bits are spread throughout the most commonly […]

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19Oct

Poland is returning 1,000 tons of illegal waste shipped over from UK

Poland is returning 1,000 tons of illegal waste shipped over from UK

An enormous shipment of waste that was illegally shipped to Poland from the UK disguised as plastic is being sent […]

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19Oct

Royal tour: Prince Harry condemns plastic pollution on beach in Australia

Royal tour: Prince Harry condemns plastic pollution on beach in Australia

Prince Harry has spoken out about the detrimental impact of plastic pollution, condemning the effect that “fast fashion” is having […]

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19Oct

UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption

UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption

The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings […]

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19Oct

Turkey’s plastic waste imports from the UK are booming – but at what cost?

Turkey’s plastic waste imports from the UK are booming – but at what cost?

Following restrictions on imports of UK plastic waste imposed by Malaysia and Vietnam and now being considered in Poland, the […]

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18Oct

Drowning in plastic – BBC One

Drowning in plastic – BBC One

Drowning in Plastics!!! In this 90-minute BBC documentary, wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin examines the causes and solutions to Plastics Waste […]

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12Oct

Sadiq Khan announces 100 new drinking fountains for London

Sadiq Khan announces 100 new drinking fountains for London

London could soon be awash with drinking fountains, with 100 new installations in the pipeline across the capital. This year […]

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10Oct

10 Worst Plastic Polluting Companies Found by Global Cleanups

10 Worst Plastic Polluting Companies Found by Global Cleanups

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlè were identified as the world’s biggest producers of plastic trash in global cleanups and brand audits, a […]

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09Oct

Plastic bottle washes up looking ‘almost new’ after nearly 50 years at sea

Plastic bottle washes up looking ‘almost new’ after nearly 50 years at sea

A plastic washing-up bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found washed up on a beach in […]

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09Oct

Formerly ‘pristine’ South Atlantic Islands under threat from rafts of plastic bringing alien species, scientists warn

Formerly ‘pristine’ South Atlantic Islands under threat from rafts of plastic bringing alien species, scientists warn

A massive spike in plastic washing up on the shores of remote South Atlantic islands has sparked concerns that it […]

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05Oct

Walkers answers critics with launch of UK crisp packet recycling plan

Walkers answers critics with launch of UK crisp packet recycling plan

Walkers has agreed to offer a free national recycling scheme to stop millions of empty crisp packets ending up in […]

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05Oct

Huge rise in US plastic waste shipments to poor countries following China ban

Huge rise in US plastic waste shipments to poor countries following China ban

Exports of plastic waste from the US to developing countries have surged following China’s crackdown on foreign waste imports, new […]

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02Oct

Is turning plastic waste into green energy the most environmentally friendly option?

Is turning plastic waste into green energy the most environmentally friendly option?

Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials – although with the way people discard them, you probably wouldn’t know […]

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26Sep

a2 Milk becomes first mainstream dairy brand to ditch plastic bottles

a2 Milk becomes first mainstream dairy brand to ditch plastic bottles

The first mainstream fresh dairy brand to switch from plastic milk bottles to cartons goes on sale in UK supermarkets […]

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25Sep

Supermarket Becomes First in UK to Replace Single-Use Plastic Bags With Compostable Alternative

Supermarket Becomes First in UK to Replace Single-Use Plastic Bags With Compostable Alternative

British retailer Co-op has unveiled plans to ban single use plastics and replace roughly 60 million plastic bags with environmentally […]

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21Sep

Lidl to stop using black plastic fruit and vegetable packaging

Lidl to stop using black plastic fruit and vegetable packaging

Lidl UK says it will remove black plastic from its entire fruit and vegetable range by the end of the […]

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21Sep

All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic – but the many different ways in which recycling is collected […]

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20Sep

ICELAND LAUNCHES PLASTIC-FREE PRE-PACKED BANANAS

ICELAND LAUNCHES PLASTIC-FREE PRE-PACKED BANANAS

Frozen food specialist Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to introduce plastic-free packaging for its pre-packed bananas. Iceland’s bananas […]

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20Sep

Microplastics can spread via flying insects, research shows

Microplastics can spread via flying insects, research shows

Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, new research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and […]

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16Sep

Thailand bans import of plastic and WEEE waste

Thailand bans import of plastic and WEEE waste

Thailand has joined Vietnam in banning imports of plastics and WEEE waste. This might disrupt current business practices however it […]

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16Sep

EU PRESSED TO SET MANDATORY RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTENT REQUIREMENT

EU PRESSED TO SET MANDATORY RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTENT REQUIREMENT

34 European organisations have asked the EU to implement a minimum requirement for recycled plastics in new products in response […]

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16Sep

Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Most of the plastic food containers that householders wash out after use and put in the recycling bin cannot actually […]

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16Sep

France to introduce plastic packaging tax

France to introduce plastic packaging tax

The French Government will use classic economic instruments to address the plastics crisis.  They will tax the negative and subsidise […]

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16Sep

Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

The UK Treasury consultation on how taxes could address the problem of plastic waste and promote recycling received an unprecedented […]

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16Sep

FRESH LAUNCH OF JUST WATER

FRESH LAUNCH OF JUST WATER

JUST Goods, Inc. has launched its JUST Water brand, an eco-friendly bottled water company founded by Jaden Smith, in Boots […]

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16Sep

Waitrose steps up action to remove plastic bags

Waitrose steps up action to remove plastic bags

Waitrose & Partners is to remove traditional plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables and 5p single-use plastic bags from […]

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14Sep

Single use plastic bottles banned from half marathon in London

Single use plastic bottles banned from half marathon in London

The capital’s first marathon event pledging to be completely free of “single use” plastic drinks bottles is to take place […]

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14Sep

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

The world’s first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging has opened in the Netherlands as part […]

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10Sep

Carlsberg to replace plastic ring can holders with recyclable glue

Carlsberg to replace plastic ring can holders with recyclable glue

Familiar plastic can holders used for lager and beer multipacks could be on their way out after global brewing giant […]

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03Sep

Pope calls for action on ‘emergency’ of plastics littering oceans

Pope calls for action on ‘emergency’ of plastics littering oceans

In a message focusing on the “precious element” of water, Pope Francis has called for urgent action to combat the […]

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03Sep

Plastic bags: Charge could rise to 10p and be extended to smaller shops

Plastic bags: Charge could rise to 10p and be extended to smaller shops

The plastic bag fee in England could rise to 10p – with all shops having to charge, regardless of how […]

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03Sep

Morrisons removes plastic packaging from cucumbers

Morrisons removes plastic packaging from cucumbers

Morrisons is removing plastic from most of its cucumbers during the British growing season as part of an ongoing plastic […]

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13Aug

France: Non-Recycled Plastic Will Cost 10 Percent More

France: Non-Recycled Plastic Will Cost 10 Percent More

France will roll out a series of measures to accelerate President Emmanuel Macron’s goal of reaching 100 percent plastic recycling […]

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12Aug

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces plans to ban plastic bags nationwide

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces plans to ban plastic bags nationwide

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced plans to gradually phase out single-use plastic bags across the country in the next […]

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05Aug

Crunch time for Walkers over non-recyclable crisp packets

Crunch time for Walkers over non-recyclable crisp packets

Petition calls on snacks firm to end use of plastic in the 11 million packets a day produced at Leicester […]

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04Aug

Only a third of plastic food packaging can be recycled, councils say

Only a third of plastic food packaging can be recycled, councils say

Only a third of the plastic in packaging pots and trays for food can be recycled, local authorities have said. […]

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03Aug

Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the […]

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03Aug

Retailers likely to face backlash for failing to curb plastic use, survey finds

Retailers likely to face backlash for failing to curb plastic use, survey finds

Retailers are likely to face a consumer backlash if they fail to take action to curb plastic use, according to […]

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29Jul

Your old plastic bottle … reborn as a towel, bag or swimsuit

Your old plastic bottle … reborn as a towel, bag or swimsuit

First it was “bags for life”, chunky doormats and, more recently, clothing such as fleeces, swimwear and pack-away macs. Now […]

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25Jul

UK theme parks to offer half-price entry in exchange for used plastic bottles

UK theme parks to offer half-price entry in exchange for used plastic bottles

Visitors to some of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions are to be offered half-price entry in exchange for used […]

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24Jul

UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the […]

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19Jul

One-third of UK supermarket plastic is not easily recyclable, analysis shows

One-third of UK supermarket plastic is not easily recyclable, analysis shows

Almost a third of plastic packaging used by UK supermarkets is either non-recyclable through standard collection schemes or difficult to […]

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17Jul

Adidas Will Use Only Recycled Plastics by 2024

Adidas Will Use Only Recycled Plastics by 2024

Adidas has long been committed to the fight against single-use plastics. Since 2015, it has partnered with Parley for the […]

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14Jul

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 to help environment

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, in a nod to the growing push for businesses […]

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14Jul

Bacardi and Lonely Whale to Remove 1 Billion Plastic Straws to Ensure #TheFutureDoesntSuck

Bacardi and Lonely Whale to Remove 1 Billion Plastic Straws to Ensure #TheFutureDoesntSuck

Bacardi, the world’s largest privately-owned spirits company, and Lonely Whale, the innovative oceans nonprofit helping Alaska Airlines reduce plastic use, […]

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14Jul

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

A bottle deposit hub on the outskirts of Oslo has had a stream of high-level international visitors. Can its success […]

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06Jul

Plastics Industry Loses Legal Bid Against Chile’s Landmark Bag Ban

Plastics Industry Loses Legal Bid Against Chile’s Landmark Bag Ban

Chile’s Constitutional Court ratified a bill that bans plastic bags across the country after rejecting an appeal from the plastic […]

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05Jul

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil […]

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05Jul

Mumbai has criminalised plastic bags in a bid to clean up its littered beaches

Mumbai has criminalised plastic bags in a bid to clean up its littered beaches

Municipal authorities are now taking a new step in the battle against the plastic waste that afflicts Mumbai, and many […]

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04Jul

PET Recycling industry installed capacity reviewed

PET Recycling industry installed capacity reviewed

78 PET recycling facilities located all over Europe were evaluated. The results point to a PET recycling capacity in Europe […]

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04Jul

The last (plastic) straw: travel and its environmental responsibilities

The last (plastic) straw: travel and its environmental responsibilities

For decades the image of a brightly coloured plastic straw in a cocktail against a backdrop of sea and sunset […]

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02Jul

Aussie Retailers Brave Customer ‘Bag Rage’ to Save the Planet

Aussie Retailers Brave Customer ‘Bag Rage’ to Save the Planet

The Australian states of Queensland and Western Australia, as well as the supermarket chains Coles, Big W and Woolworths joined […]

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02Jul

Australians rage over plastic bag ban, with shop workers throttled and abused by customers

Australians rage over plastic bag ban, with shop workers throttled and abused by customers

Supermarket staff in Australia have faced abuse and violence from shoppers angry at the removal of plastic bags as a […]

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02Jul

Plastic cutlery and plates may be banned in UK in drive to halt oceans pollution

Plastic cutlery and plates may be banned in UK in drive to halt oceans pollution

Plastic cutlery and plates could be among items banned in Britain as the government looks at ways to stem the […]

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02Jul

New Zealand the most perilous place for seabirds due to plastic pollution

New Zealand the most perilous place for seabirds due to plastic pollution

Seabirds are more at risk of dying due to plastic in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world, new […]

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25Jun

Mumbai Becomes Largest City in India to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Mumbai Becomes Largest City in India to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The Indian state of Maharashtra—which encompasses the fast-paced and densely populated city capital of Mumbai—imposed a statewide ban on single-use […]

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25Jun

Morrisons’ paper bag switch is bad for global warming, say critics

Morrisons’ paper bag switch is bad for global warming, say critics

Experts have criticised Morrisons’ decision to switch from plastic to paper bags for fruit and vegetables, branding it a retrograde […]

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25Jun

Little green bag: Morrisons revives paper in war on plastic

Little green bag: Morrisons revives paper in war on plastic

Morrisons is reviving traditional brown paper bags for loose fresh fruit and vegetables, in a move it says will prevent […]

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25Jun

Coconut-fibre plates on the table as Samoa looks beyond single-use plastics

Coconut-fibre plates on the table as Samoa looks beyond single-use plastics

In a bid to protect the precious “blue Pacific” the Samoan government will ban all single-use plastic bags and straws […]

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25Jun

Texas Supreme Court Rules Cities Cannot Ban Plastic Bags

Texas Supreme Court Rules Cities Cannot Ban Plastic Bags

The Texas Supreme Court struck down the city of Laredo’s plastic bag ban—a decision that will likely overturn similar bans […]

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22Jun

World’s Plastic Waste Problem Now Predicted to Reach 111 Million Metric Tonnes by 2030

World’s Plastic Waste Problem Now Predicted to Reach 111 Million Metric Tonnes by 2030

By 2030, an estimated 111 million metric tons of single-use drink bottles, food containers and other plastic junk will be […]

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21Jun

Seattle’s Ban on Plastic Straws, Utensils Begins July 1

Seattle’s Ban on Plastic Straws, Utensils Begins July 1

Starting next month, Seattle eateries will no longer provide plastic straws, utensils and cocktail picks to customers. To find out […]

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20Jun

Micro-plastics May Heat Marine Turtle Nests and Produce More Females

Micro-plastics May Heat Marine Turtle Nests and Produce More Females

Have you ever considered that small pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters long, or smaller than a pencil eraser […]

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19Jun

MICRO-BEAD BAN ON RINSE-OFF PRODUCTS COMES INTO EFFECT FROM TODAY

MICRO-BEAD BAN ON RINSE-OFF PRODUCTS COMES INTO EFFECT FROM TODAY

The ban on products that contain micro-beads will come into effect from today, the government has announced. To read more, […]

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19Jun

Mediterranean at Risk of Becoming a ‘Sea of Plastic,’ WWF Warns

Mediterranean at Risk of Becoming a ‘Sea of Plastic,’ WWF Warns

The Mediterranean Sea is turning into a dangerous plastic trap, with record levels of pollution from micro-plastics threatening marine species […]

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18Jun

UK now exporting more waste to countries with highest levels of ocean plastic pollution

UK now exporting more waste to countries with highest levels of ocean plastic pollution

The ban on plastic exports to China has seen the UK offloading its waste to nations with questionable records on […]

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18Jun

Paper straw factory to open in Britain as restaurants ditch plastic

Paper straw factory to open in Britain as restaurants ditch plastic

No paper straws have been made in Britain for the last several decades. But that is about to change as […]

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15Jun

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws

McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September. It is […]

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14Jun

Recycled plastic could supply three-quarters of UK demand, report finds

Recycled plastic could supply three-quarters of UK demand, report finds

Plastic recycled in the UK could supply nearly three-quarters of domestic demand for products and packaging if the government took […]

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14Jun

Chepstow celebrates plastic-free status with plastic banner

Chepstow celebrates plastic-free status with plastic banner

A historic town in south Wales has been criticized for celebrating becoming a plastic-free community by hanging a banner made […]

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13Jun

Trash in Marianas Trench: the World’s Deepest Garbage Destination

Trash in Marianas Trench: the World’s Deepest Garbage Destination

As a matter of fact, a recent study shows that Marianas Trench is even more polluted than the most polluted […]

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13Jun

Plastic Shreds, Rubber Bands and Balloon Pieces Found in Thai Turtle

Plastic Shreds, Rubber Bands and Balloon Pieces Found in Thai Turtle

Another victim of marine plastic. A juvenile Green Turtle found sick near Laem Chabang, Chonburi on June 4th. A team […]

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13Jun

SeaWorld, American Express, Fast Food Chains to Curb Single-Use Plastics

SeaWorld, American Express, Fast Food Chains to Curb Single-Use Plastics

Momentum is building in the war against single-use plastics. In the past week, a slew of major companies—including SeaWorld parks, […]

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11Jun

International Olympic Committee Makes ‘Biggest Commitment Ever’ to Fight Plastic Pollution

International Olympic Committee Makes ‘Biggest Commitment Ever’ to Fight Plastic Pollution

On Monday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced plans to eradicate single-use plastic from the organization and its events around […]

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11Jun

UN Launches First-Ever Global Plastics Report on World Environment Day

UN Launches First-Ever Global Plastics Report on World Environment Day

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, the world’s largest environmental celebration which takes place June 5, is “Beat […]

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11Jun

Five G7 nations adopt ‘plastics charter’ on ocean pollution which details some specific goals

Five G7 nations adopt ‘plastics charter’ on ocean pollution which details some specific goals

Five countries in the G7 group of industrial democracies have adopted a plastics charter on ocean pollution, a move that […]

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11Jun

EU challenges UK to ‘race to the top’ on plastics reduction

EU challenges UK to ‘race to the top’ on plastics reduction

Brussels has challenged the UK’s environment secretary, Michael Gove, to try to outdo it in an environmental “race to the […]

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11Jun

Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

The EU is to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks in a bid to tackle the […]

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11Jun

Will Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Manage to Gain Recognition as Widely Adopted Sustainable Packaging Material?

Will Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Manage to Gain Recognition as Widely Adopted Sustainable Packaging Material?

Governments, Businesses and Retailers need to keep their eyes open to (science) fiction as shown in this post claiming to […]

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11Jun

Will the RPET market flourish with the UK’s new deposit scheme?

Will the RPET market flourish with the UK’s new deposit scheme?

The selection of a bottle deposit scheme will profoundly influence the way we recycle beverage containers in UK. Helen McGeough […]

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11Jun

Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem

Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem

The New Scientist (May 19) article by Aisling Irwin explores the issues and myths  in dealing with the problem of […]

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11Jun

New York city to consider banning plastic straws

New York city to consider banning plastic straws

A New York city council member announced on Wednesday his plan to ban plastic straws from the city of 8.5 […]

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11Jun

Princes sets 50% recycling target for plastic bottles

Princes sets 50% recycling target for plastic bottles

A major producer of plastic bottles in the UK is to increase its recycled content to more than 50% within […]

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11Jun

New labelling helps UK shoppers avoid plastic packaging

New labelling helps UK shoppers avoid plastic packaging

A new plastic-free “trust mark” is being introduced today, allowing shoppers to see at a glance whether products use plastic […]

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11Jun

UK parliament to remove single-use plastics from Westminster

UK parliament to remove single-use plastics from Westminster

The UK parliament has unveiled a package of measures to “virtually eliminate” single-use plastics from Westminster in the next year. […]

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11Jun

Tesco to ban non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019

Tesco to ban non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019

Tesco has announced it will ban all non-recyclable plastic by 2019, in a move campaigners have cautiously welcomed as “raising […]

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11Jun

All UK mussels contain plastic and other contaminants, study finds

All UK mussels contain plastic and other contaminants, study finds

All mussels sampled from UK coastlines and supermarkets were found to contain tiny shards of plastic and other debris in […]

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08Jun

Tourists to Med told to ditch plastic to avoid huge rise in beach litter

Tourists to Med told to ditch plastic to avoid huge rise in beach litter

Holidaymakers are being urged to shun single-use plastic this summer in a bid to combat a surge in pollution in […]

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08Jun

Ikea commits to phase out single-use plastic products by 2020

Ikea commits to phase out single-use plastic products by 2020

Ikea is to phase out all single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020 amid growing concern about […]

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08Jun

Plastic roads: India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets

Plastic roads: India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets

In India, roads made from shredded plastic are proving a popular solution to tackling waste and extreme weather. To read […]

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08Jun

World Environment Day: focus on plastic pollution

World Environment Day: focus on plastic pollution

The UN Environment Programme’s World Environment Day (5 June) this year is hosted by India and focuses on beating plastic […]

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08Jun

The Catch Plastics team at the Institution of Environmental Sciences screening of a Plastic Ocean

The Catch Plastics team at the Institution of Environmental Sciences screening of a Plastic Ocean

Professor Edward Kosior was part of a panel discussion at the Institution of Environmental Sciences screening of a Plastic Ocean on […]

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08Jun

WRAP Cymru Sets Out Plan For Welsh Plastics Route Map

WRAP Cymru Sets Out Plan For Welsh Plastics Route Map

WRAP Cymru shows how to tackle plastics and meet the UK Plastics Pact. It aims to grow plastics reprocessing capacity […]

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08Jun

Quorn Makes First Steps To Remove Black Plastic From Packaging

Quorn Makes First Steps To Remove Black Plastic From Packaging

  Vegetarian food brand, Quorn, has announced a move to eliminate more than 297 tonnes of black plastic packaging from […]

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08Jun

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

Bans are a sign that common sense in communities and business has failed to avert the obvious problem that we […]

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07Jun

Whales and seabirds at risk from deadly plastic and nappies after 80 shipping containers go overboard

Whales and seabirds at risk from deadly plastic and nappies after 80 shipping containers go overboard

Dozens of items spilled into the ocean when 83 shipping containers fell from a vessel off the coast of Australia […]

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07Jun

Preaching against plastic: Indonesia’s religious leaders join fight to cut waste

Preaching against plastic: Indonesia’s religious leaders join fight to cut waste

Nation’s two largest Islamic organizations will call on network of 100 million followers to reduce plastic waste and reuse bags. […]

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07Jun

Whale dies in Thai waters after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Whale dies in Thai waters after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Another shocking reminder that the way we manage our waste is killing creatures. Waste management is missing in many communities […]

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07Jun

Global 24-hour boycott on plastic packaging to fight ocean pollution begins in wake of ‘Blue Planet effect’

Global 24-hour boycott on plastic packaging to fight ocean pollution begins in wake of ‘Blue Planet effect’

Millions of customers are being urged to boycott food and drink in plastic packaging for 24 hours on Tuesday, as […]

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06Jun

India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows Narendra Modi

India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows Narendra Modi

India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, has announced. To read […]

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12May

Stopping Ocean Plastics Report

Stopping Ocean Plastics Report

Currently there are no effective tools available to collect and clean up the accumulation of plastics and micro plastics once […]

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12May

The Earth Champions Foundation Ocean Certification

The Earth Champions Foundation Ocean Certification

The Earth Champions Foundation’s mission is to “find local environmental heroes to achieve global impact”. It conducted Earth Champion Discovery […]

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01Apr

Co-op to switch own-brand water to 50% recycled plastic bottles

Co-op to switch own-brand water to 50% recycled plastic bottles

The Co-op supermarket plans to switch all of its own-brand water to 50% recycled plastic bottles in a move it […]

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29Mar

McDonald’s says it will phase out plastic straws from all UK restaurants

McDonald’s says it will phase out plastic straws from all UK restaurants

McDonald’s has become the latest restaurant chain to say it will phase out plastic straws from its UK restaurants. The […]

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29Mar

Bottle and can deposit return scheme could cost £1bn, say UK retailers

Bottle and can deposit return scheme could cost £1bn, say UK retailers

Major supermarkets express support for government’s plan but key issues, including who would pay for it, remain unclear. The UK retail […]

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28Mar

Plastic bottle tax: 22p return scheme to protect oceans from tide of waste

Plastic bottle tax: 22p return scheme to protect oceans from tide of waste

A tax of up to 22p could be added to plastic bottles to prevent the tide of rubbish flowing into […]

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28Mar

Ocean plastic could triple in decade

Ocean plastic could triple in decade

The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major […]

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27Mar

Plastic packaging a ‘policy failure’, claims Sainsbury’s boss

Plastic packaging a ‘policy failure’, claims Sainsbury’s boss

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe makes it clear that it is difficult for retailers to switch from plastics to biodegradable and […]

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26Mar

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, 16 times higher than previous estimates, experts have […]

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22Mar

Manchester “to be plastic free by 2020”

Manchester “to be plastic free by 2020”

Greater Manchester is aiming to become the first UK city region to ditch single-use plastics. To read more, follow the […]

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16Mar

WHO launches health review after micro-plastics found in 90% of bottled water

WHO launches health review after micro-plastics found in 90% of bottled water

Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in […]

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15Mar

Plastic particles found in bottled water

Plastic particles found in bottled water

Plastics particles in bottled water is a real concern !!! But where do they come from? The water? The environment? […]

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14Mar

Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils consultation on plastic tax

Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils consultation on plastic tax

Taxes to address the problem of single use plastics. There is a lot to commend in this initiative which will […]

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13Mar

British river has worst recorded micro-plastic pollution into the world, study finds

British river has worst recorded micro-plastic pollution into the world, study finds

A British river has the worst micro-plastic pollution in the world, researchers have found, with levels even greater than hugely […]

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12Mar

Lidl vows to crack down on plastic waste by eliminating 5p bags

Lidl vows to crack down on plastic waste by eliminating 5p bags

  Lidl has vowed to crack down on plastic waste in the UK, announcing that it will remove 5p reusable […]

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09Mar

World’s first plastic-free aisle opens in Netherlands supermarket

World’s first plastic-free aisle opens in Netherlands supermarket

Shoppers in the Netherlands got the chance to visit Europe’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle on the 7th of March in […]

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07Mar

UK overestimates plastic recycling by a third – Eunomia

UK overestimates plastic recycling by a third – Eunomia

An independent report by environmental consultancy Eunomia claims the UK “consistently overestimates” how much of the plastic packaging waste it […]

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05Mar

Ed Sheeran Among Musicians Featured On “Plastic Oceans Album”

Ed Sheeran Among Musicians Featured On “Plastic Oceans Album”

Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Beck, are among the array of […]

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28Feb

PG tips announces switch to plastic-free fully biodegradable teabags

PG tips announces switch to plastic-free fully biodegradable teabags

The UK’s biggest tea brand is switching to fully biodegradable tea bags free from synthetic materials to cut down on […]

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26Feb

Ocean plastic tide “violates the law”

Ocean plastic tide “violates the law”

Roger Harrabin reminds us that countries are in violation of international law by emitting ocean plastic pollution according to Oliver […]

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15Feb

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

The BBC is to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after TV series Blue Planet II highlighted the scale of sea […]

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14Feb

MANIFESTO: ‘PACKAGING MUST LEAD WAY TO A MORE INTEGRATED APPROACH’

MANIFESTO: ‘PACKAGING MUST LEAD WAY TO A MORE INTEGRATED APPROACH’

Stuart Lendrum has reminded us all that leadership across the packaging sector is the way to meet the challenges facing […]

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13Feb

The Queen declares war on plastic after David Attenborough documentary

The Queen declares war on plastic after David Attenborough documentary

The Queen has declared war on plastic, banning straws and bottles from the Royal estates. To read more follow the […]

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09Feb

Plastic waste ‘building up’ in Arctic

Plastic waste ‘building up’ in Arctic

Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say. To read more follow […]

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09Feb

UK ‘could adopt’ Norway bottle recycling system

UK ‘could adopt’ Norway bottle recycling system

A Scandinavian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is thought likely to be adopted in the UK. To read more follow […]

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06Feb

Asda joins wave of supermarkets pledging to cut plastic waste

Asda joins wave of supermarkets pledging to cut plastic waste

Asda has become the latest supermarket to join the war against plastic by pledging to reduce it “wherever” it can, […]

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01Feb

Mission critical: Unilever urges “much faster” action on packaging waste

Mission critical: Unilever urges “much faster” action on packaging waste

Paul Polman has set the agenda to tackle Ocean Plastic as “a shared responsibility – all stakeholders in the value […]

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01Feb

New rules may force firms to use recycled materials

New rules may force firms to use recycled materials

The use of minimum levels of recycled plastics in new packaging must not stop at drinks containers but should be […]

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25Jan

11 companies take major step towards a New Plastics Economy

11 companies take major step towards a New Plastics Economy

On January, 22, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the list of leading brands, retailers, and […]

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25Jan

Waitrose pledges to scrap black plastic trays from 2019

Waitrose pledges to scrap black plastic trays from 2019

Waitrose is the latest retailer to react to the plastic packaging backlash, pledging not to sell own-label food in black […]

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25Jan

Danone’s Evian vows to use 100% recycled plastic in bottles by 2025

Danone’s Evian vows to use 100% recycled plastic in bottles by 2025

  Evian has pledged to make all its plastic bottles from 100 per cent recycled plastic by 2025, up from […]

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22Jan

Coca-Cola pledges to recycle all packaging by 2030

Coca-Cola pledges to recycle all packaging by 2030

Coca-Cola has announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. […]

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18Jan

Thousands of micro-plastic nurdles inundate Warrnambool coastline

Thousands of micro-plastic nurdles inundate Warrnambool coastline

Hundreds of thousands of tiny micro-plastics have inundated the south-west Victorian coastline, turning Warrnambool’s pristine beaches into something more evocative […]

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18Jan

Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging

Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging

  Britain’s leading supermarkets create more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste every year, according to an investigation by […]

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16Jan

EU declares war on plastic waste

EU declares war on plastic waste

The Vice President of the EU Commission plans to ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable […]

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16Jan

McDonald’s aims for fully recycled packaging by 2025

McDonald’s aims for fully recycled packaging by 2025

First Iceland supermarkets and now MacDonald’s restaurants have announced that they will act on reducing disposable packaging and create recycling […]

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16Jan

Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all its own-brand products. The supermarket […]

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12Jan

Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste

Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste

The UK’s 25 year environment plan does not mention deposits on bottles yet promises to eliminate avoidable plastics waste by […]

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11Jan

Theresa May proposes plastic-free supermarket aisles in green strategy

Theresa May proposes plastic-free supermarket aisles in green strategy

Theresa May is to announce a war on plastic waste, with proposed policies including plastics-free aisles in supermarkets and a […]

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09Jan

Plastic microbeads ban enters force in UK

Plastic microbeads ban enters force in UK

Plastic micro-beads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban […]

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04Jan

Rubbish already building up at UK recycling plants due to China import ban

Rubbish already building up at UK recycling plants due to China import ban

We have a problem when journalists see recyclables as rubbish rather than resources. How do we expect the public to […]

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04Jan

… as plastic menace chokes the Thames

… as plastic menace chokes the Thames

Clear-up volunteers say the Thames estuary is choked with so much rubbish that they are unable to keep it under […]

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04Jan

Recycling “to be burned or buried”: Councils may be forced into drastic action as China stops taking plastic

Recycling “to be burned or buried”: Councils may be forced into drastic action as China stops taking plastic

Britain may soon have to burn or bury mountains of plastic waste because China has stopped accepting our recycling. Experts […]

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04Jan

The village that proves you can live without plastic: Jane Fryer reports from an isolated coastal community that has scrapped plastic pintas, straws, cutlery and sauce sachets

The village that proves you can live without plastic: Jane Fryer reports from an isolated coastal community that has scrapped plastic pintas, straws, cutlery and sauce sachets

Aberporth has been all over the news recently, in newspapers around the world and on social media, as its crusade […]

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04Jan

Bali declares rubbish emergency as rising tide of plastic buries beaches

Bali declares rubbish emergency as rising tide of plastic buries beaches

For decades  tourists have flocked to the Indonesian island of Bali to surf, snorkel and sunbathe on its perfect beaches. […]

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30Dec

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase […]

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22Dec

Plastic bottles: Turning Back the Plastic Tide.

Plastic bottles: Turning Back the Plastic Tide.

The UK house of Commons Environment Audit Committee’s report has backed a deposit return scheme (DRS) and higher taxes for […]

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19Dec

Gove’s plan to fight rising tide of plastic in the ocean

Gove’s plan to fight rising tide of plastic in the ocean

Cutting plastic pollution in the ocean will be a key objective of a 25-year plan to improve the environment published […]

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18Dec

UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove. To read more follow […]

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15Dec

Shocking report reveals that 95% of plastic polluting the world’s oceans comes from just ten rivers including the Ganges and Niger

Shocking report reveals that 95% of plastic polluting the world’s oceans comes from just ten rivers including the Ganges and Niger

According to a new research, up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just […]

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15Dec

UK to devote foreign aid money to fighting plastic pollution

UK to devote foreign aid money to fighting plastic pollution

In a major win in the battle to turn the tide on plastic, British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed […]

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15Dec

Marine life shreds plastic

Marine life shreds plastic

According to a new research, a single plastic carrier bag could be shredded by marine organisms into around 1.75 million […]

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12Dec

Kittiwake added to the list of British birds facing global extinction…and plastic is partly to blame

Kittiwake added to the list of British birds facing global extinction…and plastic is partly to blame

The kittiwake has been added to the list of British birds facing global extinction, with plastic, pollution, climate change and […]

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11Dec

World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit

World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit

Pollution free planet is UNEP’s target so that more people can breathe fresh air and have clean coast lines delivered […]

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11Dec

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

8 Billion tonnes of plastics have been made by us and 6.3 billion tonnes is in landfill. We are now […]

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07Dec

Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka, South Africa join #CleanSeas campaign against ocean pollution

Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka, South Africa join #CleanSeas campaign against ocean pollution

Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka and South Africa today joined UN Environment’s CleanSeas campaign against marine litter and ocean pollution, announcing […]

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07Dec

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an […]

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07Dec

Pledge to stop planetary crisis

Pledge to stop planetary crisis

Holding DailyMail front page, at a global summit in Nairobi, Kenya, UN boss, Erik Solheim, unveils pledge by 100 nations […]

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06Dec

UN signals “end” of throwaway plastic

UN signals “end” of throwaway plastic

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed […]

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05Dec

“Shame and anger” at plastic ocean pollution

“Shame and anger” at plastic ocean pollution

The question is how do we respond to criticism that while plastics are scientific miracles that provide huge benefits in […]

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04Dec

Plastic cutlery blighting Britain’s beaches as pollution rises 10 per cent

Plastic cutlery blighting Britain’s beaches as pollution rises 10 per cent

A new report reveals that plastic knives and forks are polluting Britain’s beaches as part of a rubbish blight which […]

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04Dec

Saqid Khan plans network of London water fountains to reduce plastic waste

Saqid Khan plans network of London water fountains to reduce plastic waste

According to the Guardian, London’s mayor Saqid Khan wants to roll out a new network of water fountains and bottle-refill […]

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01Dec

Let’s turn the tide on plastic: Beauty spots across Britain are scarred with thousands of pieces of waste leading to calls for a plastic tax and a bottle deposit scheme

Let’s turn the tide on plastic: Beauty spots across Britain are scarred with thousands of pieces of waste leading to calls for a plastic tax and a bottle deposit scheme

Washed up by the tide, ugly piles of discarded bottles scar otherwise magnificent beaches. Nearly 1,000 pieces of litter  are […]

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01Dec

“Zero tolerance” plan eyed for plastic pollution

“Zero tolerance” plan eyed for plastic pollution

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment […]

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30Nov

Co-op and Iceland back bottle deposit scheme to reduce plastic pollution

Co-op and Iceland back bottle deposit scheme to reduce plastic pollution

Iceland and Co-op have become the first two supermarkets to support the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme in England […]

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30Nov

Lobster found with Pepsi logo “tattoo” fuels fears over ocean litter

Lobster found with Pepsi logo “tattoo” fuels fears over ocean litter

Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster […]

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29Nov

Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney launch A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future

Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney launch A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future

On November, 28, 2017, Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney co-hosted the launch in London of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s latest […]

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28Nov

The plastics problem: are natural alternatives doing more harm than good?

The plastics problem: are natural alternatives doing more harm than good?

Around the world, companies are trying to develop materials that can take the place of oil-based plastics, which can have […]

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28Nov

Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics

Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics

Scientists have long known that marine animals mistakenly eat plastic debris because tiny bits of floating plastic look like prey. […]

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24Nov

Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

“Very worrying finding” from nearly 11km deep confirms fears that synthetic fibers have contaminated the most remote places on Earth. […]

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24Nov

Seabirds, gyres and global trends in plastic pollution

Seabirds, gyres and global trends in plastic pollution

Fulmars are effective biological indicators of the abundance of floating plastic marine debris. Long-term data reveal a high concentration of […]

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23Nov

Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

According to a new Report, sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the ocean with millions of tiny beads […]

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22Nov

The Plastic Bottle Cap Report

The Plastic Bottle Cap Report

  Billions of plastic bottles are sold and opened every day and many of the bottle caps end up in […]

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22Nov

Plastic in roads – plastic bottles and bags recycled to build roads

Plastic in roads – plastic bottles and bags recycled to build roads

  Plastic in roads, what do we mean by that? Engineers and chemistry experts have developed a process that allows […]

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21Nov

The fight to save our wildlife from ocean rubbish

The fight to save our wildlife from ocean rubbish

Marine plastic pollution is an alarming global threat to our oceans and its wildlife. Whales, seals, fish and sea birds […]

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20Nov

The Catch Plastics team at the Galapagos event at the Royal Geographical Society

The Catch Plastics team at the Galapagos event at the Royal Geographical Society

Excellent discussion at the Galapagos event at the RGS. A fantastic panel including Liz Bonnin.  

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19Nov

Launch of Catch Plastics at the Steppes Travel Festival at the Royal Geographical Society

Launch of Catch Plastics at the Steppes Travel Festival at the Royal Geographical Society

Professor Edward Kosior launched Catch Plastics at the Steppes Travel Festival at the Royal Geographical Society on the 30th September […]

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19Nov

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

What will be the real impact of this proposed tax on single use packaging? The UK government will be hoping […]

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