Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament Increasing soil health and productivity of rice crops Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary Unique immunity genes in one widespread coral species Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru Indonesian farmers earn more thanks to rice breeding Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN Bill Gates Unveils Toilet That Transforms Waste Into Fertilizer, Doesn’t Require Water or Sewers Flood-tolerant rice saves farmers livelihoods
Category archives for: Zero waste

Signatories of new Zero Waste pledge are not always committed, said Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) has responded to the C40 network declaration “Advancing towards Zero Waste” by stating that the signatories “don’t always translate into consistent commitments.”  So far, 25 cities and regions from the global North have signed the declaration, which aims to reduce waste by 15%, halve landfill and incineration by 2030 and recycle 70% of waste. The declaration endorses the importance […]

I went trash free for a day

The idea behind going trash free is to make a person realise how much unnecessary waste is produced by each of us on a daily basis. A lot of us don't think twice before throwing something into the trash and we almost never think about where our trash ends up. Most of the discarded materials […]

A Running List of Action on Plastic Pollution

The world has a plastic pollution problem and it’s snowballing—but so is public awareness and action. Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions. That’s about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet. All that […]

Scientists get ready to begin Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup

A team of scientists and engineers will on Saturday begin an ambitious cleanup of plastics in the Pacific Ocean targeting a stretch of water three times the size of France known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A 600m-long floating barrier will be launched off the coast of San Francisco and, powered by currents, waves […]

‘People need them’: the trouble with the movement to ban plastic straws

In California and beyond, lawmakers are taking action for the environment. But advocates for people with disabilities say the bans create yet another hurdle to dining in public. At first glance, bans on plastic straws might seem like a simple – and harmless – next step for the environmentally conscious. Love sea turtles? No more […]

Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment

As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative. But they may be no better for the environment. Recently, European scientists argued that existing international industry standards are insufficient and cannot realistically predict the biodegradability […]

Is it possible to live without plastic?

For 70 years, the world’s plastic usage has grown inexorably from humble beginnings to a position where humanity now produces roughly its own weight in plastic every year.But is there a turning point in view? Guardian revelations about the scale of plastic waste and the threat it poses has finally prompted the authorities to take the issue […]

Coca-Cola Produced More Than 110 Billion Plastic Bottles Last Year

Every second, more than 20,000 drinks in plastic bottles are purchased around the globe. That adds up to more than 1 million bottles a minute and nearly 500 billion bottles per year. It may come as no surprise then that the largest beverage manufacturer, Coca-Cola, reportedly manufactured more than 110 billion plastic bottles in 2016. The environmental activist group Greenpeace claims […]

The eco guide to good plastic

Last summer Adidas released a good-looking trainer with uppers made using plastic recovered from the ocean. Everyone was very excited, but my response was: “That’s not the most efficient way of cleaning up the ocean.” Cruel, but I had no choice. If we carry on creating and consuming plastic as we are now, and hoping that trainer […]

Tesco and Sainsbury’s ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste

UK’s two largest supermarket chains will replace the plastic stems with paper ones in all own-brand products by the end of 2017. The UK’s two largest supermarket chains have committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems, which are the most common litter from toilets flushed on to the country’s beaches. Both Tesco and […]

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