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5 Ways Fungi Could Change The World, From Cleaning Water to Breaking Down Plastics

5 Mins Read By: Mitchell P. Jones Fungi — a scientific goldmine? Well, that’s what a review publishedlast year in the journal Trends in Biotechnology indicates. You may think mushrooms are a long chalk from the caped crusaders of sustainability. But think again. Many of us have heard of fungi’s role in creating more sustainable leather substitutes. Amadou vegan leather crafted from […]

EcoDrive Hong Kong Launches Third “Enough Plastic” Campaign To Tackle Single-Use Plastic Waste

3 Mins Read Hong Kong non-profit EcoDrive Hong Kong announces third Enough Plastic campaign to raise awareness about the city’s plastic waste problem. EcoDrive Hong Kong, a non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions, is proud to announce the launch of its third “Enough Plastic” campaign. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about Hong […]

10 Terrifying Facts About Microplastics

4 Mins Read Microplastics are all around us. But you probably don’t even realize just how prevalent they are. Here are 10 facts you need to know about these fossil fuel-based tiny particles. In his book, A Poison Like No Other, Wired journalist Matt Simon shares some frankly horrifying facts about the overwhelming amount of microplastics present in […]

How to Minimize Waste On Amazon Orders

4 Mins Read If you must use the e-com behemoth, Amazon, there are still some steps you can take to try and reduce the impact of your order as much as possible. It can be difficult to completely quit all online shopping. Sometimes, there might be something that you really do need and cannot source from local stores, […]

The 10 Best Sustainability Podcasts You Need To Listen To Now

4 Mins Read We scoured the airwaves to find the best podcasts out there about environmental issues, all with their own voice and format, some inspiring, some informative, some funny, all important and worthwhile. Are you a podcast fan yet? Or maybe you’re exploring this format for your daily commute but you are not sure where to start? […]

This New Design Tool Was Created To Help Businesses Go Plastic-Free

3 Mins Read A new online designed tool backed by A Plastic Planet aims to help designers and business leaders eradicate one trillion pieces of plastic waste from the global economy by 2025. Following two years of development, the PlasticFree site is now live; the new design tool spearheaded by the action group A Plastic Planet is aimed […]

5 Ways Going Plastic-Free Improved My Health

4 Mins Read One of the more surprising parts of adopting a more low-waste lifestyle with a focus on reusable packaging, reducing plastic usage as much as possible, lessen my reliance on recycling, and changing my habits to lessen my overall waste impact was how much healthier I became. I feel lighter, I eat better and I am […]

‘The Responsibility To Lead Change Falls To Governments and Business Groups, Not Consumers’ – Q&A w/ Muuse CEO Jonathan Tostevin

7 Mins Read An interview with Jonathan Tostevin, CEO of Muuse, one of Asia’s leading reusable packaging startups on the company’s biggest wins, the importance of regulation and the economics of reuse. As of 2022, Muuse‘s data-driven cup and lunchbox reuse systems are present in Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto. The company is on a mission to eliminate […]

Proposed E.U. Rule Could Reduce Plastic Waste Emissions By 43 Million Tons

3 Mins Read The European Commission is proposing a bloc-wide plan for tackling plastic waste that could reduce emissions and save resources. Could the E.U. ban plastic? It’s possible with the proposed rules from the European Commission aimed at tackling single-use plastic. Part of the European Green Deal’s Circular Economy Action Plan, the objective is to normalize sustainable […]

Plastic Pollution Lawsuits are Coming. Is Big Oil Ready?

4 Mins Read New research on plastic pollution from Minderoo Foundation shows the potential for harmful impacts could lead to a number of liability claims against the petrochemical industry. “Just as oil and gas companies are now starting to be held legally and financially accountable for the climate change impact of their products, and chemicals companies for damaging […]

Could This Paper Cup Help Us Quit Plastic Coffee Cups for Good?

3 Mins Read A new patented paper cup called The Good Cup aims to help consumers quit single-use plastic. Can it work? ChoosePlanetA, a green packaging solutions company, says its Good Cup can help reduce the use of plastic cups. Its alternative is made from bio-based and 100 percent certified home compostable paper that’s free from Polyethylene (PE) […]

Compostable Seaweed-Coated Coffee Balls Are Coming for Your Nespresso

2 Mins Read Your coffee habit is on notice. Swiss retail giant Migros says it is launching a proprietary coffeemaking system aimed at replacing single-use coffee pods. Launching in Switzerland and France, Migros’ CoffeeB Coffee Balls were five years in the making. Designed to replace single-serve plastic coffee pods, they are encased in a thin protective layer that […]

Corporate Plastic Pledges Fall Short in Europe, Report Finds

3 Mins Read New findings from a Deutsche Welle investigation show that despite a growing number of plastic commitments made by European companies, many are failing to deliver. Two dozen European-based companies have made nearly 100 plastic commitments in the last 20 years. But 68 percent of 37 of those commitments have not been delivered or even reported […]

Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ In All Rainwater Crosses ‘a Planetary Boundary’

3 Mins Read Virtually all rainwater now contains unsafe levels of forever chemicals—Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—says new research. Reducing exposure to PFAS chemicals can help prevent the risks of metabolic and reproductive issues as well as reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. But the chemicals found in common household items that can be replaced with […]

The War On Plastic: Are We Missing The Bigger Picture? Stigmatisation Vs. Deinstitutionalisation

5 Mins Read By: Céline Louche, Delphine Gibassier & Jennifer Goodman “Plastic-free aisle”, “No plastic straws”, “Plastic-free Tuesday”. Social media abounds with anti-plastic messages and chilling statistics about the quantity of plastic in our oceans, food, clothes and bodies flash before us in quick succession. Shocking images that circulate widely provoke emotions and generate momentum for action on plastic. […]

New Study Finds Microplastics In Meat, Milk, and Animal Blood

3 Mins Read Samples of beef and pork from the Netherlands contain surprising levels of microplastic contamination, according to new research. A pilot study conducted by scientists at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), working for the Plastic Soup Foundation, say they’ve found microplastics in beef and pork and in the blood of farm animals for the first time. […]