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Unilever X Alibaba: Duo Debuts Closed Loop Recycling System In China To Tackle Plastic Waste

4 Mins Read Unilever has joined forces with Alibaba Group to develop an AI-powered recycling system that will identify and sort plastic packaging in an effort to make China a waste-free country. British-Dutch multinational consumer goods giant Unilever partnered with Chinese multinational tech company Alibaba Group to launch the ‘Waste Free World’ Initiative, a first of its kind technology-driven […]

Plastic-Neutral FMCG: Hindustan Unilever To Achieve 100% Plastic Waste Collection In 2021

4 Mins Read In a recent announcement, Hindustan Unilever (HUL) plans to achieve 100% plastic waste collection this calendar year meaning that it will collect and process more plastic packaging waste than the company’s own plastic usage. Mumbai-based Hindustan Unilever, the leading Indian FMCG company that is a subsidiary of the British-Dutch multinational consumer goods giant Unilever, with […]

Ocean Breezes Can Blow Microplastic Ashore, Study Finds

3 Mins Read A new study by researchers at the University of Strathclyde and the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées at the University of Toulouse reveals that sea spray contains tiny plastic particles. The scientists say that once broken down in the ocean into microplastics, plastic pollution can end up back into the atmosphere and land through the ocean breeze. These […]

Adidas Builds Football Field Using 1.8 Million Recycled Plastic Bottles

3 Mins Read Adidas, the global sportswear and sneaker giant, has just donated a sustainable American football field made out of 1.8 million recycled plastic bottles. Collected from beaches, coastal communities, shorelines and remote islands, the newly built field at Miami’s Edison High School contains an estimated 40,000 pounds of plastic waste. The initiative is a part of […]

Coca-Cola Insists People Still Want Plastic Bottles. Is This True?

4 Mins Read Plastic bottle giant Coca-Cola has just defended its single-use plastic bottle at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Citing customers thirsty for drinks packaged in lightweight, disposable plastic bottles, the Coca-Cola senior vice president insisted that the company has to accommodate these demands, and therefore will continue to use plastic bottles. This comes […]

China Announces Single-Use Plastic & Plastic Bag Ban By End 2020

3 Mins Read In a recent policy announcement, China will be stepping up its restrictions on the sale, production and use of disposable plastic products. According to the state planner, the country will ban disposable plastic bags in all major cities by the end of this year, and will announce more phase-out policies as the country seeks to […]

The Global Plastic Crisis In Numbers: 10 Shocking Facts You Need To Know

5 Mins Read The plastic crisis is one of the biggest challenges that our planet is facing, and one that desperately needs to be tackled, especially if we want to save the fate of our oceans. Currently, millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans every single year with devastating consequences for aquatic life, seabirds, marine […]

Coca-Cola Named Most Polluting Brand On Earth For Second Year In A Row

2 Mins Read In a global audit of plastic waste conducted by the Break Free From Plastic movement, Coca-Cola was found for the second year in a row to be the top polluting brand worldwide. The multinational beverage giant is accountable for more plastic waste than the next three biggest polluting companies combined. These findings run counter to […]

Coca-Cola Will Make Bottles From Ocean Plastic Waste After Facing Global Backlash

2 Mins Read Multinational beverage giant Coca-Cola has recently partnered up with a number of technology companies to develop a way to manufacture bottles using plastic collected from oceans. This comes after the company faced public criticism for its environmentally unfriendly operations, being labelled as the world’s biggest corporate plastic polluter. Proving that naming and shaming does work, […]

Upcycling Startup Upp! Uses Plastic Waste For Construction In Vietnam

2 Mins Read Netherlands and Vietnam-based social enterprise Upp! is on a mission to fight the global plastic pollution crisis by closing the plastic waste loop with a local approach. Using a circular economy approach, Upp! hopes to save plastic waste from landfills and oceans by introducing circular plastic factories in 10 cities by 2025. The company is […]

Second Hand Fashion Is Taking Over The World, From Thrift To Preloved Luxury

4 Mins Read Global charity Oxfam has recently launched their #SecondHandSeptember campaign, calling on people to join the pledge to say no to new clothing for 30 days. Having been reusing and reselling clothes since 1948, the NGO has declared that secondhand is the answer to sustainable fashion, helping to sound the alarm on the environmental impact of […]

WAVE Startup Creates Emission-Free Bio Plastic Bags From Cassava That Dissolve In Water

3 Mins Read Amsterdam-based startup WAVE Eco Solutions has developed a biodegradable and hot water soluble cassava-based bio-plastic bag in a bid to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. Unlike conventional plastic bags, WAVE’s products are made without plastic polymers that are typically made using fossil fuels. Their new alternative to plastic does not contribute to greenhouse gas […]

Nestle Japan Scraps KitKat Plastic Packaging For Recyclable Origami Paper

2 Mins Read In order to tackle global plastic waste, Nestlé Japan has announced that it is launching recyclable paper packaging for KitKat products, which comes with instructions to fold origami cranes. With Japan being the largest market for KitKats in the world, the food giant’s packaging upgrade is set to eliminate an estimated 380 tonnes of plastic […]