World Produced 44m Tonnes of E-Waste in 2017

More than 44 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) was produced globally in 2017, with a majority being sent to landfill. That’s more than six kilograms for every person on the planet and equivalent to all the commercial aircraft every built, according to a new report. It reveals …

Enough Plastic Produced Each Day to Make 22 Trillion Water Bottles

Enough plastic is produced each day to make almost 22 trillion water bottles. That’s according to the National Geographic Society and Sky Ocean Ventures, which say more than 90% of this volume will never be recycled – to address this troubling issue, the two organisations have teamed up to launch …

New Chemistry Technique Turns Waste Plastic Into Clean Fuel

Waste plastic is choking the Earth’s oceans and poisoning its wildlife. That’s why researchers at Purdue University are excited about a new chemical technique that turns waste plastic back into useful polymers — or even clean fuel. The new technique works on polypropelene, according to a new paper published in …

IKEA Opens the Door for Furniture Rental Service

IKEA is to start leasing furniture as part of a more sustainable business model for the future. The Swedish brand has announced it is launching trials in Switzerland this month to test out new subscription services for everything from office chairs to kitchen cabinets. New wardrobes and kitchen cupboards are …

Microplastics Found in Every Marine Mammal Surveyed in UK Study

Microplastics are being widely ingested by Britain’s marine mammals, scientists say, with samples found in every animal examined in a study. The research on 50 stranded creatures including porpoises, dolphins, grey seals and a pygmy sperm whale is the most comprehensive analysis of microplastics in the digestive tracts of both …

This New Initiative Aims to Sustainably Recycle Your Old Bras

As tidying up continues to be one of the top trends in 2019, bra company Harper Wilde is asking its customers what they are doing with old bras they no longer use. Charities don’t accept most used bras, but if you throw them in the trash, they end up in …

French Study Finds Harmful Chemicals in Disposable Diapers

Banned substances and probable carcinogens are not what any parent wants next to their baby’s sensitive skin. Parents in France are worried that disposable diapers are harming their babies. A new study, just published on Wednesday, revealed a number of harmful substances in diapers, including banned chemicals and the weedkiller …