Malaysia to Send Plastic Waste Back to UK and Other Foreign Countries

The Malaysian Government has ordered several thousand tonnes of imported plastic waste to be sent back to the countries it came from, including the UK and US. Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysia, along with many other developing countries, have become a dumping ground for rich nations, with much …

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 …

Plastic Bag Bans ‘Can Slash Air Pollution’

Plastic bag bans can not only cut down on marine waste and reduce damage to valuable ecosystems – they can also slash air pollution. That’s according to a new study published by UN Environment, which highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of air pollution, especially in …

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 …

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 …