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 …

Scientists Have an Inkling Squids Could Help Cut Plastic Pollution

A recently-discovered squid protein could be used to stop microplastic fibres leaking into the environment. A review published in Frontiers in Chemistry, conducted by scientists at Penn State University in US, suggests material found in the ringed teeth of a squid’s arms can be processed into an abrasion-resistant coating that …

Banning Single-Use Plastics ‘Could Lead to Higher Carbon Emissions’

Banning single-use plastics could lead to higher carbon emissions. That’s according to a new report published by BP, which says a worldwide ban on the use of plastics for packaging and other single-use purposes from 2040 onwards would lead to lower than anticipated demand for oil. In 2017, single-use plastics …

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 …