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Germany Bans Single-Use Plastic, Japan Begins Plastic Bag Charging Scheme

3 Mins Read Governments are beginning to take concrete action against plastic pollution. From Germany to Japan, new legislation is clamping down on single-use plastics as economies begin to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which has shifted greater attention towards sustainability for both human and planetary health.  Announced on Wednesday (July 1), the German Cabinet has agreed to […]

British Airways To Eliminate 700 Tonnes Of Single-Use Plastic This Year

3 Mins Read British Airways, the flag carrier of the United Kingdom, has just announced that it plans to remove 700 tonnes of single-use plastic from its flights over the course of 2020. The company will be swapping disposable plastic items for “more sustainable” alternatives, such as recyclable or reusable materials. It comes as aviation companies have come […]

Swire Announces Money-Back Plastic Bottle Collection Machines, Part Of Trial To Promote Recycling

3 Mins Read Swire Pacific Group’s Swire Coca–Cola has just unveiled their reverse vending machines that will reward consumers HK 20 cents for every plastic bottle inserted for recycling via Octopus cards. Rolling out the scheme in 10 locations across the city, the giant distributor group hopes to change consumer attitudes towards recycling in Hong Kong. The programme […]

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 […]

Is Your Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cup Toxic?

4 Mins Read 12 Popular Reusable Bamboo Fibre Coffee Cup Brands Found To Contain Toxic Melamine Looks like another popular zero waste accessory may bite the dust. That reusable bamboo fibre coffee cup that everyone is using and has become ubiquitous on the shelves of retail shops, independent cafés, coffee chains and your local homeware store? Turns out […]

It’s Raining Plastic: Microplastics Are Falling From The Sky, Scientists Find

2 Mins Read Forget Purple Rain, we are now experiencing plastic rain. Researchers have discovered a plethora of multi-coloured microscopic plastic fibres in rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains in the United States. The recently published study raises awareness about the extent of our plastic pollution. Plastic waste is not just pervasive in the planet’s rivers, soil, […]

BPA-Free Plastic Products Aren’t Actually Any Safer

2 Mins Read “BPA-Free” is now a label you see plastered on many plastic containers on store shelves. Ever since information about the potentially toxic effects of the compound surfaced, plastic box manufacturers have been desperate to combat widespread fear amongst consumers. Now, a study has found that BPA-free does not necessarily translate to a safer product.  A […]

Hong Kong Startup Develops Ingenious Water-Soluble Film To Fight Plastic Waste

2 Mins Read Hong Kong-based startup Hydroplast is fighting the plastic pollution plaguing oceans around the world through its new ground-breaking water-soluble technology. Plastic waste is especially prevalent in convenient-obsessed Hong Kong and other cities where excessive packaging is commonly used in supermarkets and stores and ends up in surrounding seas and already-overflowing landfills.  Our instant gratification culture, […]

Hong Kong Poisoning Its Own Seas As Plastic Pollution Soars

2 Mins Read New research by Greenpeace East Asia and Education University reveals that Hong Kong’s seas are being swamped by plastic pollution caused by the city’s packaging habits. The comprehensive study carried out in the territory’s waters across Mirs Bay, Sai Kung and Lantau Island found a staggering 11-fold increase in plastic pollution in just 3 years. […]

Local NGO EcoDrive Releases Start Small, Start Now Hong Kong Plastic Crisis Documentary

3 Mins Read Right in time for global campaign Plastic Free July, local not-for-profit (NFP) organization, EcoDrive, has released a documentary film about Hong Kong’s plastic problem. Start Small, Start Now, directed by London-based Photo Escapes Films, follows the journey of filmmakers John Alexander and Matthew Williams-Ellis as they catalogue the catastrophic effect of single-use plastic in the city and the waste debris […]