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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’

England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

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Plastic bag floating underwater at Pulau Bunaken, Indonesia. Around 8m tonnes of plastic flows into the world’s oceans each year. Photograph: Paul Kennedy/Getty Images

Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous year

July 31, 2016 — The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.  Continue reading England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced