Europe’s Circular Economy Still in Its Infancy

Circular material use can minimise waste and resource extraction, improve resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to conserving biodiversity. However, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, circular economy initiatives in Europe are still at an early stage and would benefit from more investments in …

Deconstructing Myths About Waste Management Transition

The main task for the future of waste management in Serbia is to debunk the waste management goals. So, where are we heading to as a society when it comes to this sector? As in all other fields, we simply follow global trends, and we try to give the meaning …

Plastic Alternatives May Worsen Marine Pollution, MPs Warn

Compostable and biodegradable plastics could add to marine pollution because there is no infrastructure in place to make sure they break down correctly, a committee of MPs has warned. The use of alternatives to plastic are being adopted by many food and drink companies, takeaway coffee venues, cafes and retailers. …

WHO Calls for More Research into Microplastics and a Crackdown on Plastic Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) today calls for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the …

Rummaging Through Trash to Find Clean Energy

Landfills around the world are filling up. In 2016, humanity generated over 2 billion tonnes of waste. In the next 30 years, that figure is expected to grow to 3.4 billion. Where will all this waste end up? A recent report by UN Environment’s International Environmental Technology Centre outlines one …

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Your Next Pair of Sneakers Could Be Made from Coffee

Coffee is a big deal. While just a handful of countries dominate production, it’s consumed in vast amounts almost everywhere on the planet: around 2 billion cups are drunk every day. All that coffee produces a lot of waste. Coffee grounds often end up in landfill or being washed into …

Supermarkets in Asia Are Now Using Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic Packaging

Supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative. Supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand earned praise on Facebook for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week. The novel …