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EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

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The EU wants companies to design plastic products with reuse in mind to try and cut back on waste. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable

October 6, 2017 — The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world’s oceans. Continue reading EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines

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Image by Rappler.com

In a report released in Manila last week, environmental group Greenpeace tags the Philippines as the ‘third-worst polluter into the world’s oceans’ after China and Indonesia

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 27, 2017) — Global food and beverage giant Nestle vowed on Tuesday, September 26, to address allegations by Greenpeace that it was polluting the world’s oceans with cheap plastic packaging for its Philippine products. Continue reading Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines

Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’

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Plastic bottles and other debris gather on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC. Plastic has now outstripped most other man-made materials. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

First global analysis of all mass–produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or oceans

July 19, 2017 — Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world’s continents and oceans, according to a new report. Continue reading Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’

Shampoo bottle made from ocean plastics hailed as ‘technological breakthrough’

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UV exposure and degradation have traditionally made plastics collected from beaches hard to recycle, says Steve Morgan of Recoup. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Limited edition Head & Shoulders bottle to go on sale in France represents tiny proportion of global sales

January 25, 2017 — Beaches strewn with plastic waste have become a graphic illustration of just how much plastic we use in everything from food packaging to cosmetics, and how much of it gets thrown away. Continue reading Shampoo bottle made from ocean plastics hailed as ‘technological breakthrough’

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050

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In this file photo, an Indonesian young boy collects plastics on a polluted river in North Jakarta, March 20, 2008. Mast Irham/EPA
An overwhelming 95% of plastic packaging worth $80-120 billion (73-110 billion euros) a year is lost to the economy after a single use

DAVOS, Switzerland (Jan. 20, 2016) — Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report warned Tuesday, January 19, on the opening day of the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in the snow-clad Swiss ski resort of Davos.

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Floating anti-plastic waste dam to be tested in North Sea

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PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo
The floating barrier uses currents to passively ensnare waves of garbage – while allowing fish and other sea creatures through

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Dec. 30, 2015) — A revolutionary floating dam that traps plastic bags, bottles and other waste choking the world’s oceans will be tested at sea for the first time in 2016, the Ocean Cleanup foundation said.

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