Mexico City, a Megalopolis’ War on Plastic Bags

Paper cones, called “cucuruchos”, have been traditionally used by shoppers in Mexico City for carrying spices and grains. Now these plastic-free alternatives are making a comeback, along with straw baskets and reusable cloth bags, after a ban on plastic bags entered into effect in the megalopolis on 1 January 2020. …

World’s Consumption of Materials Hits Record 100bn Tonnes a Year

The amount of material consumed by humanity has passed 100bn tonnes every year, a report has revealed, but the proportion being recycled is falling. The climate and wildlife emergencies are driven by the unsustainable extraction of fossil fuels, metals, building materials and trees. The report’s authors warn that treating the …

More Than Twenty Thousand Tonnes of Tyres Were Recycled in the First Half of...

In a dozen tyre treatment plants in our country, tyres are  collected  through  a  collection  network  organised  by  recyclers.  This  network  includes  its  collecti-on  system,  as  well  as  individuals  and  legal  entity  collectors  with  whom  it  cooperates.  Tyres  also  get  to recycling centres from the waste producers such as tyre …

Christmas Jumpers Add to Plastic Pollution Crisis

Britons’ love of novelty Christmas jumpers is helping to fuel the world’s plastic pollution crisis, a report has warned. Whether emblazoned with flashing lights or alpine motifs, 12m jumpers are set to be snapped up this year, despite 65m already languishing in UK wardrobes. But as well as triggering huge …

Cup Reuse Trial to Take Off at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport, Starbucks and plastic waste charity Hubbub have launched a cup reuse trial across the international airport’s South Terminal. The organisations hope to tackle single-use plastic pollution with the one-month testing period, which will see Starbucks customers given the option to borrow a free reusable cup for their drink, …

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Ralph Lauren Unveils Polo Shirts Made from Plastic Bottles

Ralph Lauren has unveiled a new line of polo shirts made from recycled plastic bottles. The shirts are made in Taiwan, which is where the bottles are collected, and are dyed without needing to use any water. Each shirt uses around 12 bottles to be made – they are produced …

Apple Quadruples Recycling Points for Old iPhones

Apple has quadrupled the number of locations customers can send their old iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robots. Customers can return their obsolete and damaged devices to Best Buy stores throughout the US, KPN retailers in the Netherlands or any Apple Store in either country. They can also …