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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 […]

Fully Circular By 2030: IKEA Launches Resale Hub Concept For Secondhand Furniture

3 Mins Read IKEA has launched its much-anticipated secondhand furniture program around the world, as part of the retail giant’s goal to go fully circular by 2030. The new sustainable Circular Hub concept opening across IKEA stores were originally scheduled to land in November, but have experienced pandemic-related delays. Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA has opened its buy-back […]

A Type Of ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Will Soon Be Phased Out In Australia, And That’s A Big Win For The Environment

6 Mins Read By: Jenni Downes, Monash University; Kim Borg, Monash University, and Nick Florin, University of Technology Sydney To start dealing with Australia’s mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan. The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, […]

Watsons Hong Kong Launches Citywide ‘Plastic Reborn’ Container Recycling Program With P&G

3 Mins Read Watsons Hong Kong, the health, beauty and pharmacy chain, has rolled out a new territory-wide plastic container recycling campaign. Partnering with multinational CPG industry giant P&G, Watsons will provide convenient collection points across the city and work with Hong Kong-based circular economy service The Loops to send plastic personal care containers to a local recycling […]

Fast Fashion Giants Back Bangladesh Recycling Scheme In Industry Push To Go Circular

3 Mins Read Big fashion labels are hopping on the sustainable bandwagon, backing a new recycling scheme in Bangladesh garment factories. The program will see brands like H&M, Bershka, Marks & Spencer, Bestseller and others forge commercial partnerships with textile and garment manufacturers and recyclers to reintroduce post-production fashion waste back into their products, as well as find […]

Asian Example: Here’s How South Korea Is Recycling 95% Of Its Food Waste

4 Mins Read South Korea used to recycle just 2% of its food waste, but has since impressively brought this figure up to 95%. How? The country has tapped innovative technologies such as smart bins and bolstering local food production by setting up urban farms, as well as introducing compulsory household food waste recycling. It’s setting an example […]

Thailand: Suez’ First Asia Plastic Recycling Plant Could Save 35K Tonnes In Emissions Per Year

3 Mins Read Suez, the French waste and water management multinational company, has opened its first plastic recycling plant in Asia. Located in Thailand, the plant will be able to convert 30,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste into post-consumer recycled plastics. It marks a significant development in the region’s recycling infrastructure to tackle the increasingly severe plastic pollution […]

Singapore Adds More Reverse Vending Machines To Encourage Recycling

3 Mins Read Singapore has just added 34 new reverse vending machines to its existing network of just 16. The machines accept plastic and aluminium waste, and users receive discount vouchers as a reward for recycling them. As the city-state’s Semakau Landfill nears full capacity, the government hopes to be able to encourage recycling as a way to […]

Hong Kong LegCo Bills Committee Drops Waste Disposal Levy

3 Mins Read A Legislative Council bills committee vetting the Hong Kong government’s proposed waste disposal levy has decided to discontinue scrutiny over the bill. The move effectively puts an end to years of work that would have introduced much-needed charges for municipal solid waste disposal as the waste crisis reaches new heights in the city. It comes […]

Want To Slow The Climate Crisis? Don’t Use Single-Use Plastics.

6 Mins Read By: Annie Leonard The fossil fuel industry is dependent on our plastic dependency. We can starve it. The fossil fuel industry is in trouble and has a sneaky idea for saving itself: It wants to produce lots more plastic. Many people don’t realize it, but almost all plastic is made from fossil fuels. So the same […]

Did The Romans Invent Recycling? New Pompeii Ruins Research Unearthed

2 Mins Read Turns out, the Romans were not only the engineers behind aqueducts and underground heating. Excavations at Pompeii by classical academic Allison Emmerson and a team of researchers and archeologists has revealed that rubbish left outside the city walls were being collected, sorted and resold – Romans invented recycling too. Emmerson believes our modern world needs […]

Amcor Develops First 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Clear PET Container

3 Mins Read Global packaging company Amcor has just developed and launched a PET container made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content resin. According to the company, the clear bottles are the first of its kind in the world. They are available in 2 sizes, and were created for Californian multivitamin brand Ritual.  Australian multinational packaging company Amcor […]

Kellogg’s Bear Naked Granola Brand Develops First Ever 100% Recyclable Cereal Pouch

3 Mins Read American multinational food manufacturer Kellogg Company has just revealed its first fully recyclable cereal pouch for granola sold under its Bear Naked Inc. brand. Unlike most types of plastic zipper pouch packaging sold across mainstream commercial brands, Kellogg’s new stand-up pouch is the first that is made from 100% recyclable materials that consumers can easily […]

GAP Partners With HKRITA To Develop New Textile Recycling Technology

2 Mins Read The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has just announced a collaboration with global apparel company Gap Inc. to develop eco-friendly technology to enable textile recycling. The research project will focus on two main areas: separating mixed-blends of spandex and sustainable decolourisation of fabrics for recycling clothing. This comes amid greater global […]