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Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

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A speech by by Theresa May on Thursday will set out plans to tackle UK’s ‘throwaway culture’.
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Expansion expected of highly successful policy of charging 5p for each bag could be extended beyond large retailers

January 10, 2018 — The 5p charge for plastic bags is expected to be applied to small shops under government plans to be unveiled by Theresa May this week as she seeks to tackle Britain’s “throwaway culture”. Continue reading Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans
Microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, according to the report. Photograph: Sandy Young/Alamy Stock Photo

The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report

October 11, 2017 — Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report. Continue reading Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines

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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 chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

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Plastic pollution on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Conor McDonnell

Discovery by UK scientists prompts fear that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife

September 25, 2017 — A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Continue reading Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

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The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy

Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted

September 6, 2017 — Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Continue reading Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

plastic bags stick out of a pile of rubbish in the kebera slum in nairobi
Plastic bags stick out of a pile of rubbish in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first

August 28, 2017 — Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect. Continue reading Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Fish mistaking plastic debris in ocean for food, study finds

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Fish eat microplastics driven by their odour. Above, debris found in the stomach of a fish in Portugal. Photograph: Paulo Oliveira/Alamy

Behavioural evidence suggests marine organisms are not just ingesting microplastics by accident but actively seeking them out as food

August 16, 2017 — Fish may be actively seeking out plastic debris in the oceans as the tiny pieces appear to smell similar to their natural prey, new research suggests. Continue reading Fish mistaking plastic debris in ocean for food, study finds

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 banderitas ‘extremely wasteful’

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TRASH. After events like the Feast of the Black Nazarene, trash, plastic in particular, litter the streets. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
After fiestas and when cleanups begin, plastic bags used as banderitas make garbage disposal harder and more expensive

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 24, 2016) — Fiestas do not end when people go home. After the parades and the parties, trash still have to be cleared.

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