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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. […]

Plastic Waste Is a Gold Mine, Study Finds

3 Mins Read Making recycling systems more efficient will save between $4.5 billion and nearly $10 billion according to new research. According to findings published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling, there’s more plastic in landfills than previous estimates—about 44 million metric tons in the U.S., versus previous EPA estimates of 32.2 million. Scientists out of the U.S. Department of […]

No New Plastic: Scientists Say a Production Cap Is Needed to Save the Planet

3 Mins Read A group of scientists says new plastic production needs to stop in order to protect the world’s oceans and the environment from plastic pollution. In a letter published in the journal Science, an international group of scientists and experts are urging industries and governments to limit new production of plastic to curb its impact on […]

Forget Recycling Plastic, New Study Says Upcycling Is More Effective

3 Mins Read New research points to the benefits of upcycling plastic instead of recycling in order to keep it out of waterways. Findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest a major shift in how we look at handling plastic waste. The research paper, “Functional Enzyme-Polymer Complexes,” was led by a Northwestern […]

Two of the Biggest Organizations Fighting Plastic Waste Announce New Partnership

3 Mins Read Two of the world’s leading plastics organizations have partnered to end plastic pollution across Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) and UK-based nonprofit Wrap, say they’re entering into a formal partnership agreement aimed at addressing the global plastic waste issue. The new […]

8 Circular Packaging Companies To Watch In The Race To Close The Waste Loop

5 Mins Read Packaging is one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste – but our modern society just can’t seem to cut it out. Living packaging-free is no easy feat, with almost every product on supermarket shelves, at clothing stores, and in our online deliveries all coming in either plastic bags, wraps, envelopes, paper parcels, or cardboard […]

Plastic Wrap Creates More Food Waste, Study Finds

3 Mins Read Purchasing fruits and vegetables packaged in plastic wrap creates two problems for the environment: more plastic and more food waste, according to new research. The U.K.-based sustainability nonprofit Wrap, looked at the sales of five fresh fruit and vegetable items over an 18-month period. It found that sales of items wrapped in plastic at retail, […]

The World’s Third Largest Container Shipping Fleet Bans Plastic Waste Transport

3 Mins Read In an effort to improve recycling efforts, the world’s third-largest ocean shipping company says it will no longer transport plastic waste beginning June 1st. France-based CMA CGM Group says it’s made the “landmark decision” to cease shipping post-consumer plastic—a first in the shipping industry—as a means to help protect oceans and biodiversity.  According to Rodolphe […]

U.S. Crowned The Biggest Plastic Polluter In The World

4 Mins Read A new report has revealed the U.S. is the biggest contributor to plastic waste globally. It is producing more than all European Union countries combined. Ineffective recycling infrastructure and increased plastic manufacturing are considered the root causes. Figures have led to declarations of environmental and social crises within the U.S. The congressionally mandated report has […]

Cambridge Spinoff Xampla To Launch Plastic-Free Sachets & Capsules Made From ‘Vegan Spider Silk’

4 Mins Read Xampla, the University of Cambridge spin-off startup, will soon introduce compostable plastic-free sachets and capsules made using a new “vegan spider silk” material. The new polymer material, which is plant-based, scalable and sustainably-made, has been developed by Cambridge researchers and could be used to replace single-use plastic items once and for all.  Scientists from Cambridge […]

Global Plastic Waste Treaty To Tackle Environmental Crisis Is Picking Up Speed

4 Mins Read After years of campaigning and awareness-raising from anti-plastic activists, a global treaty to regulate plastic pollution and waste management could finally be on the cards. Amid the current G7 talks in Cornwall, major packaging producers and charities are calling on the world’s richest democracies to take the lead on the issue, following more than 100 […]

Earth Island Sues Coca-Cola Over Greenwashing Claims & False Advertisement

4 Mins Read Environmental organization Earth Island Institute has filed a lawsuit against beverage giant Coca-Cola for falsely advertising that it is sustainable and environmental-friendly despite it being the largest plastic polluter in the world. Earth Island Institute has sued the Coca-Cola Company on World Oceans Day demanding answers from the American multinational on why it is misleading […]

‘Manta Boat’: Giant Plastic-Eating Renewable-Powered Vessel Inspired By Ray Set To Clean Up Ocean Debris

3 Mins Read A new 56-metre-long Manta sailboat will help fight the ocean plastic pollution crisis with its first-of-its-kind collection and processing capacities. Presented by the environmental nonprofit the SeaCleaners and French adventurer Yvan Bourgnon, the catamaran is equipped with everything from waste-collecting conveyors to microplastic collection “mobulas” and fitted with a hybrid system featuring wind turbines, hydro […]

Hong Kong’s Plastic Bottle Bill Looks Set For Failure, Here Are 8 Reasons Why

8 Mins Read By: Aaron Kent Aaron Kent is the founder of Please Drink Sustainably, a Hong Kong-based company providing reusable custom branded cups to businesses switching away from disposables. Hong Kong’s government has recently completed public consultation for its proposed Plastic Beverage Container Producer Responsibility Scheme – or PPRS for short. Its aim is to reduce the […]