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 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 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’ 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’ 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.
Continue reading Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050 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.
Continue reading Floating anti-plastic waste dam to be tested in North Sea