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 …

EU Plastic Packaging Recycling Almost Doubled Since 2005

The recycling rate of plastic packaging in the EU stood at more than 42% in 2016, almost double the figure seen in 2005. That’s according to latest figures from Eurostat, which also reveal the recycling rate for packaging waste exceeded 67% during the same period. In total, it found the …

Saving the Environment One Hair Wash at a Time

In the ongoing dialogue surrounding water consumption and saving water, the length of your shower, how you water your yard and even your toothbrush usage probably come up. But there is another water-thirsty activity that should be added to the discussion — hair washing. Think about it. Daily shampooing by …

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 …

Adidas Doubles Recycled Plastic Shoe Production

Adidas has announced plans to more than double the amount of shoes it is making from recycled plastic waste in 2019. The trainer and fashion brand aims to produce 11 million pairs of its Ultraboost Parley in 2019, in partnership with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans. This is a …