Canada Plans to Ban Wide Range of Plastics by 2021

Canada plans to ban a wide range of single-use plastics by 2021. The government has not yet ruled on which exact products will disappear from shelves but notes it will work to identify the most environmentally damaging plastic items. These are expected to be similar to the products included in …

Italian Island of Capri Bans Single-Use Plastics

If you find yourself on the island of Capri, you’d better not have a plastic fork stuck in your bag, or else you might get a €500 fine. The new ruling, effective May 15, states that no more single-use plastics are allowed on the island, unless they’re made of biodegradable …

Ariel and Lenor Clean Up Their Act on Plastic Waste

P&G brands Ariel and Lenor have committed to reducing plastic packaging use across Europe by 30% before 2025. The parent company claims the amount of plastic saved by 2025 as a result of the initiative will be equivalent to a line of detergent bottles stretching the entire way around the …

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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 …

Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans ‘Costs up to $2.5bn a Year’

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs up to $2.5 billion (£1.9bn) a year in damaged and lost resources. That’s according to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, which suggests industries such as fishing, aquaculture and recreation, as well as global wellbeing in general, are all negatively affected …

The Last Straw: European Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in …

Lidl Trials Removal of 9p Plastic Bags in Wales

Lidl is trialling the removal of 9p plastic bags from 54 of its shops in Wales. The brand says it discovered the cheap reusable bags were frequently being used just once before being thrown away – to combat this, it will now only offer 38p and 65p options. It expects …