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Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardousWhen the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster for the country’s pristine coral reefs and fishing industry.Classified by the UN as Sri Lanka’s “worst maritime disaster”, the big...
Tags: Business, Environment, World news, Dolphins, Fish, South and Central Asia, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Travel and transport, Water transport, Un, Cetaceans, Coastlines, Sri Lanka


Fabrice Monteiro’s best photograph: a spirit emerges from a rubbish dump in Senegal

‘The model is holding a child’s doll, looking out over the wreckage. It represents the future generations we’re condemning to environmental catastrophe’Outside Dakar, Senegal’s capital, is a rubbish dump with its own name: Mbeubeuss. The land on which it sits was once flat swampland. It began as a landfill site in 1968; today, it is a mountain of rubbish. It has accumulated so much plastic waste from the city that to reach it you have to drive on a road of compacted trash.This is not the Africa ...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Environment, Senegal, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Plastics, Dakar Senegal, Fabrice Monteiro


Single-use plastic plates and cutlery could be banned in England

Ministers launch public consultation on issue and will also investigate limiting other products such as wet wipes, tobacco filters and sachetsSingle-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups could be banned in England as the government seeks to eliminate plastic waste.Under proposals in a 12-week public consultation, businesses and consumers will need to move towards more sustainable alternatives. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Environment, UK News, Plastics


Reuse? Compost? Dump? Solving the eco-conundrum of nappies

Disposable diapers are one of the biggest factors in plastic waste. Efforts to address the problem are popping up all over the worldIn July 2017, Prigi Arisandi stood in the Surabaya River in East Java, Indonesia, and counted nappies. In one hour, “176 diapers floated in front of my face,” he said.The Indonesian biologist, who won the Goldman environmental prize in 2011 for his efforts to stem pollution flowing into the Surabaya, decided to make nappy waste his focus. He launched the Diaper Evac...
Tags: Children, Indonesia, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Ethical and green living, Parents and parenting, Goldman, Plastics, Surabaya, Prigi Arisandi, Surabaya River, Diaper Evacuation Brigade


Here’s something you can’t ignore, says tampon plastics activist

Ella Daish to hand Procter & Gamble giant Tampax applicator, made from 1,200 discarded contributionsA British environmental activist is stepping up her campaign against single-use plastics in period products by calling on the world’s bestselling manufacturer of tampons to make greener alternatives.Ella Daish, the founder of the #EndPeriodPlastic campaign, will go to the European headquarters of Tampax-maker Procter & Gamble in Geneva on Monday to present executives with a giant tampon applicator...
Tags: Europe, Business, Protest, Environment, Women, World news, Pollution, Marine Life, Oceans, Healthcare Industry, Procter Gamble, Geneva, Rivers, Environmental Activism, Menstruation, Plastics


Restaurants are scrambling to find plastic cups, straws, and takeout containers as demand swells for to-go orders

Restaurants are struggling to source plastic products. Carolyn Kaster/AP Restaurants are still facing a shortage of takeout containers, plastic cups, and straws. It's a side effect of the labor crunch, supply chain hiccups, and soaring demand. But it's also the result of the Texas storms, which severely impacted the plastics industry. The restaurant industry is facing a shortage of plastic, the latest side effect of soaring demand, labor shortages, supply-chain hiccups, and storm...
Tags: Texas, Trends, Plastic, Retail, Starbucks, Gulf Coast, Foam, Takeout, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Plastics, NPD Group, US Foods, Carolyn Kaster, Straws, Avery Hartmans


About 26,000 tonnes of plastic Covid waste pollutes world’s oceans – study

Increased demand for PPE has put pressure on an already out-of-control global problem, report findsPlastic waste from the Covid-19 pandemic weighing 25,900 tonnes, equivalent to more than 2,000 double decker buses, has leaked into the ocean, research has revealed.The mismanaged plastic waste, consisting of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, vastly exceeded the capability of countries to process it properly, researchers said. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, UK News, World news, Pollution, Oceans, Waste, Plastics, Coronavirus


Boom time for Cape Verde’s sea turtles as conservation pays off

The number of nesting sites on the archipelago has risen dramatically, but global heating sees male population plummetIt’s nearly midnight as Delvis Semedo strolls along an empty beach on the Cape Verdean island of Maio. Overhead, the dense Milky Way pierces the darkness. A sea turtle emerges from the crashing waves and lumbers up the shore. Then another. And another.Semedo is one of about 100 local people who patrol Maio’s beaches each night during nesting season to collect data on the turtles ...
Tags: Food, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Seafood, Fishing, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, IUCN red list of endangered species, Plastic bags


Boris Johnson says chances of Cop26 success are ‘touch and go’

PM urges firms to reduce use of single-use plastics and dismisses recycling as ‘a red herring’Boris Johnson has admitted Britain could fail to broker adequate enough deals to curb irreversible and devastating climate change at the global summit of world leaders beginning in Scotland later this month.The prime minister said it was “touch and go” whether the Cop26 event would be a success, as he told businesses it was their job to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic they produce ...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Environment, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Global climate talks, Recycling, Boris Johnson, Waste, Plastics, Cop26


‘The cusp of a reuse revolution’: startups take the waste out of takeout

More than 70% of Americans report ordering takeout or delivery one to three times a week – resulting in hundreds of billions of single-use productsThe first question Lauren Sweeney set out to answer when she co-founded DeliverZero, a platform for ordering meals in reusable containers, was: do other people care about takeout packaging waste? “Is it just me standing in front of recycling bins with sushi containers knowing they’re not going to be recycled?” she asked herself at the time.It wasn’t j...
Tags: Food, Business, Restaurants, Environment, World news, US news, Brooklyn, Food & drink industry, Waste, Plastics, Plastic Free, Lauren Sweeney


‘It comes from bacteria, and goes back to bacteria’: the future of plastic alternatives

Making a biodegradable material strong enough to replace plastic is a tough task. But scientists are trying to do just thatWhen people think about plastic waste, they often think of the packaging that swaddles supermarket fruits and vegetables – shiny layers that are stripped away and thrown in the bin as soon as the produce is unloaded at home.It’s a wasteful cycle that California-based company Apeel says it can help end. The firm has developed an edible, tasteless and invisible plant-based spr...
Tags: California, Environment, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Waste, Plastic bags, Plastics, Apeel


These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plastic

Diving with tiger sharks off Fuvahmulah brought a tourist boom that has led to a destructive tide of plastic waste. But now locals are pushing back“People used to think I was crazy,” says Lonu Ahmed. “Even my mum thought I was insane. Fishermen used to beg me not to dive with sharks.”Ahmed lives on the island of Fuvahmulah in the Maldives, an island surrounded by tiger sharks. The islanders have traditionally been terrified of the creatures: fishermen would regularly kill them. Ten years ago, ho...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Travel and transport, Recycling, Waste, Sharks, Maldives, Ahmed, Plastics


More microplastics in babies’ faeces than in adults’ – study

Researchers say children’s mouthing behaviour and products such as bottles may be to blameInfants have more microplastics in their faeces than adults, a study has found.Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm in size that have been released into the environment from the breakage of bigger plastic objects. They are a threat to the environment because they do not easily biodegrade, and recent research has found them in dust, food, fruit, bottled water and, as a result, animal and huma...
Tags: Science, Environment, Medical Research, Plastics


New Zealand is not as clean or green as we think – plastic waste is creating a crisis | Lizzy Carmine

Ignorance about plastic recycling has tricked us into guilt-free consumption – decision makers have to give us sustainable optionsGrowing up my school lunches were covered in plastic wrapping, like those of many of my schoolmates. I was taught from a young age to pick up my rubbish and recycle, and I trusted the recycling systems in place especially because New Zealand streets were so clean. Years later, I saw a video on Facebook of a turtle with a straw in its nose, but I knew Kiwis weren’t to ...
Tags: Facebook, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, South Island, Plastics, Project Blue, Plastic Free, Lizzy Carmine


‘Dung Beetle’ turns tech into art and plastic into fuel

Real dung beetles make waste useful and this steel sculpture does the same for plastic The post ‘Dung Beetle’ turns tech into art and plastic into fuel appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Ocean, Ecology, Recycling, Waste, Green Fuel, Green Technology, Plastic Waste, Plastics, Top Six, Jeffrey Barbee, Dung Beetle Project, Gasification System, Pierre Pretorius


Woman makes full length gown entirely out of plastic Target bags

Kailey Schmitt wanted to make herself a dress and didn't want to buy a bunch of fabric to do it. She already had a ton of plastic bags, so Voilà! Plastic bag dress made exclusively from Target shopping bags. She says she wanted a mostly white dress with red accents but I imagine riding Target coattails gave her a nice boost in viewership. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Target, Plastics, Bag Gown, Fashion Bags, Kailey Schmitt, Reuse Recycle, Voilà Plastic


Your Cotton Tote Bags Are Totally Fine

Last week, the New York Times published an article by Grace Cook that got half of Twitter talking about “the cotton tote crisis.” At the center of this article—and the multiple tweets promoting it—is an alarming statistic: “An organic cotton tote needs to be used 20,000 times to offset its overall impact of…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Environment, Articles, Economy, Bags, New York Times, Recycling, Packaging, Lifehacks, Plastic Bag, Mass Production, Plastics, Plastic Shopping Bag, Tote Bag, Dielectrics, Grace Cook


Single-use plastic plates and cutlery to be banned in England

Polystyrene cups will also be banned but campaigners say action to cut plastic waste is ‘snail-paced’Single-use plastic plates and cutlery, and polystyrene cups will be banned in England under government plans, as it seeks to reduce the plastic polluting the environment.A public consultation will launch in the autumn and the ban could be in place in a couple of years. The move was welcomed by campaigners, but they said overall progress on cutting plastic waste was “snail-paced”, with the EU havi...
Tags: England, Environment, Eu, UK News, Pollution, Plastic bags, Plastics, George Eustice


Multibillion-dollar Louisiana plastics plant put on pause in a win for activists

According to environmentalists, the $9.4bn facility could release up to 13m tonnes of greenhouse gases a yearThe US government has placed further delays on a proposed multibillion dollar plastics plant in south Louisiana, marking a major victory for environmental activists and members of the majority Black community who have campaigned for years against construction.The planned $9.4bn petrochemical facility, owned by Formosa Plastics, would roughly double toxic emissions in its local area and, a...
Tags: Environment, US, US news, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Louisiana, Black, Plastics, Formosa Plastics


Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic

Cop15 negotiations to set this decade’s targets on nature to be split into two, with face-to-face meetings delayed until 2022A key United Nations biodiversity summit has been delayed for a third time due to the pandemic, the Chinese environment ministry has announced, as environmentalists pledged the delay would “not mean taking our foot off the pedal”.In a statement, the Chinese ministry of ecology and environment confirmed that Cop15, the biggest biodiversity summit in a decade, would be delay...
Tags: Climate Change, China, Animals, Environment, World news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations, Un, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Biodiversity, Plastics, Kunming China


Welcome to the ‘plastisphere’: the synthetic ecosystem evolving at sea

Ocean plastic has created a unique home for specialised organisms, from animals that travel on it to bacteria that ‘eat’ itPlastic bottles dominate waste in the ocean, with an estimated 1m of them reaching the sea every minute. The biggest culprit is polyethylene terephthalate (Pet) bottles.Last month, a study found two bacteria capable of breaking down Pet – or, as the headlines put it, “eating plastic”. Known as Thioclava sp. BHET1 and Bacillus sp. BHET2, the bacteria were isolated in a labora...
Tags: Environment, Pollution, Marine Life, Plastics


Environmental impact of bottled water ‘up to 3,500 times greater than tap water’

Researchers also find impact of bottled water on ecosystems is 1,400 times higher than that of tap waterThe impact of bottled water on natural resources is 3,500 times higher than for tap water, scientists have found.The research is the first of its kind and examined the impact of bottled water in Barcelona, where it is becoming increasingly popular despite improvements to the quality of tap water in recent years. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Environment, Water, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Pollution, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Waste, Plastics


Evolutionary ‘trap’ leading young sea turtles to ingest plastic, study says

Researchers find fragments in innards of species that have adapted to develop in open ocean, which has highly polluted areasYoung marine turtles are swallowing large quantities of plastic, with ocean pollution changing habitats that were once ideal for their development into a risk, researchers have found.The impact of plastic on wildlife is a growing area of research, and studies have revealed harrowing cases of marine animals sustaining injuries or dying after ingesting such material or becomi...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Plastics


Study suggests bacteria in cow’s stomach can break down plastic

Scientists find micro-organisms from the bovine stomach have ability to degrade polyesters in lab settingBacteria found in one of the compartments of a cow’s stomach can break down plastic, research suggests.Since the 1950s, more than 8bn tonnes of plastic have been produced – equivalent in weight to 1 billion elephants – driven predominantly by packaging, single-use containers, wrapping and bottles. As a result, plastic pollution is all-pervasive, in the water and in the air, with people unwitt...
Tags: Environment, Plastics


New Zealand to ban most single-use plastics by 2025

Ban on plastics including cotton buds, packaging, cutlery, straws and fruit labels to be phased in from next yearNew Zealanders will be farewelling their plastics – bags, ear buds, spoons and straws – as the government attempts to match the country’s reality to its “clean green” reputation.Currently one of the top 10 per-capita producers of landfill waste in the world, New Zealand has announced it will ban a swathe of single-use plastics, including cotton buds, bags, cutlery, plates and bowls, s...
Tags: Environment, Asia Pacific, Pollution, New Zealand, Plastics


New EU rules would permit use of most polymers without checks, experts warn

Proposals would allow common plastics to be used despite valid concerns about possible harms, scientists sayNew rules on chemicals to be debated by the EU this week would allow most polymers to be used without further checks, according to a group of scientists.Only about 6% out of about 200,000 polymers would require extensive safety checks under proposals being discussed as part of Europe’s Reach chemicals regulations. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Pollution, European Commission, Plastics


Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring

Production of chemical could help make recycling more attractive and tackle global plastic pollutionPlastic bottles have been converted into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered bacteria, the first time a valuable chemical has been brewed from waste plastic.Upcycling plastic bottles into more lucrative materials could make the recycling process far more attractive and effective. Currently plastics lose about 95% of their value as a material after a single use. Encouraging better colle...
Tags: Scotland, Environment, UK News, Chemistry, Pollution, Recycling, Waste, Plastics


Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter

Ocean plastic has become a route for invasive species that threaten native animals with extinction, with Japan’s tsunami sending nearly 300 species ‘rafting’ across the PacificJapan’s 2011 tsunami was catastrophic, killing nearly 16,000 people, destroying homes and infrastructure, and sweeping an estimated 5m tons of debris out to sea.That debris did not disappear, however. Some of it drifted all the way across the Pacific, reaching the shores of Hawaii, Alaska and California – and with it came ...
Tags: Japan, California, Animals, Environment, World news, Fish, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Pacific, Plastics, Suez Canal, Hawaii Alaska


Takeaway food and drink litter dominates ocean plastic, study shows

Just 10 plastic products make up 75% of all items and scientists say the pollution must be stopped at sourcePlastic items from takeaway food and drink dominate the litter in the world’s oceans, according to the most comprehensive study to date.Single-use bags, plastic bottles, food containers and food wrappers are the four most widespread items polluting the seas, making up almost half of the human-made waste, the researchers found. Just 10 plastic products, also including plastic lids and fishi...
Tags: Environment, World news, Pollution, Oceans, Waste, Plastic bags, Plastics


Plastic debris on remote islands raises temperatures by 2.5C and threatens turtle populations

Study of Henderson Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands finds plastic acts as an insulator, making sand hotter and leading to more female turtle offspringAccumulated plastic debris on the beaches of two remote island groups increased local maximum temperatures by nearly 2.5C, new research has found.A study of Henderson Island in the South Pacific and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a remote territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean, found that plastic pollution acts as an insulator, increasing t...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Marine Life, Oceans, South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Plastics, Cocos Keeling Islands, Henderson Island