A Possible Culprit in the Infertility Crisis: Plastic

There’s a crisis going on. A crisis of sperm. Specifically, there isn’t enough of it — at least, not enough of the high-quality stuff. Scientists haven’t quite been sure why this is the case, but a new study indicates a possible culprit: a chemical found in plastic. The chemical is one you’ve probably heard of …

Ryanair Makes Pledge to Become ‘Plastic Free’ on All Flights by 2023

Ryanair has pledged to become “plastic free” in the next five years, with the airline set to trumpet its relative green credentials as part of its ongoing makeover. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has famously suggested shooting environmentalists, and repeatedly denies climate change is driven by carbon emissions, which aviation produces in abundance. However, …

UK Retailers See Rise in Sales of Reusable Coffee Cups

Sales of reusable coffee cups are soaring in the UK, retailers are reporting, as the government hints at a tax on disposable cups. Argos, which is part of the Sainsbury’s Group, said it had sold 537% more portable cups in December 2017 than the same month the previous year. Meanwhile, kitchenware chain Lakeland reported an …

An Argentine Startup Makes Shoes from Discarded Tire Scraps and Employs Single Mothers

More than 100,000 tons of rubber tires are disposed of every year in Argentina. The majority of them are burned, contributing to the country’s already huge air pollution problem. So, when Alejandro Malgor and two of his friends, Ezequiel Gatti and Nazareno El Hom, realized they wanted to start a business, they decided to focus …

Brits to Throw Out 100 Million Plastic Straws and Cups this Christmas

New research has this week estimated that the British public will use almost 300 million plastic straws and cups over the festive party season, with a third of the resulting waste not being recycled. A survey of over 2,000 people commissioned by Sky as part of its Ocean Rescue campaign found that 84 per cent …

Penzance Hailed as UK’s first ‘Plastic Free’ Community

The Cornish town has today become the first place in the UK to be officially accredited as a ‘Plastic Free Coastline Community’, as part of a major new campaign from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) that has seen nearly 100 sites across the country begin work to restrict their use of plastic. The recently launched Plastic …

Boston City Council Approves Plastic Bag Ban

You might want to bring a tote if you plan on shopping in Beantown next year. Boston City Council voted 12-0 on Wednesday to ban single-use plastic bags across the Massachusetts capital. The measure now heads to Mayor Marty Walsh, who is said to be reviewing the proposal, which requires businesses to charge no less …