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How Penzance became Britain’s first ever plastic-free town

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 by

Emily Kavanaugh is standing in her skincare-product shop, Pure Nuff Stuff, on Chapel Street. The narrow lane leads down towards the Jubilee pool, the triangular lido that juts like a ship’s prow into the sea from Penzance. “Here, try one,” Kavanaugh says, handing me a piece of packing material. The little white cloud looks and […]

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New Polymer Ups the Ante for Recycling

Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2018 by

A team of chemists have produced a polymer that apparently has all the benefits of today’s plastic but can be recycled an immeasurable number of times. If businesses, particularly manufacturers, can replace plastic with the polymer, one of the world’s most severe pollution problems could be minimized or halted. A team at Colorado […]

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From fungus foam to pineapple pleather: 5 plastic alternatives to watch

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 by

Our planet is in the midst of a plastic waste epidemic. Researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the early 1950s. About 60 per cent of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment. Some of the practical applications of plastic cannot be denied, especially […]

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Study shows plastic waste can be converted into energy and fuels

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 by

Plastic waste is flooding our landfills and leaking into the oceans, with potentially disastrous effects. In fact, the World Economic Forum predicts that if current production and waste management trends continue, by 2050 there could be more plastic than fishes in the ocean. Why is this happening when there are processes and technologies […]

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A beginner’s guide to plastic-free living

Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 by

Public Domain MaxPixel My friend and I were standing in a crowded local pub last weekend, waiting for a band to start playing, when he said to me, “You need to write a step-by-step guide to giving up plastic.” “I’ve already done that!” I replied, thinking of the numerous articles I’ve written on […]

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‘Infinitely’ recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018 by

Eugene Chen’s lab at Colorado State University has developed a completely recyclable polymer. Credit: Bill Cotton/Colorado State University The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward […]

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A company in Ghana is turning plastic bags into roads

Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by

Only two percent of plastic trash in Ghana is recycled, according to a video from the World Economic Forum (WEF) – but one local company is hoping to change that statistic. Nelplast Ghana Limited, which focuses on industrial processing, is turning plastic bags into pavement blocks that can be used to build roads. And it’s not just plastic bags than can be utilized, […]

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Food in the nude project

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by

The South Island New World team is doing their bit to reduce the plastic customers take home from the produce department – and they’re having a bit of fun while they’re doing it. Starting out with the dedicated team at New World Bishopdale, customers are now able to purchase fresh, delicious fruit and vegetables, nude.  […]

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Discovery of plastic-eating bacteria could lead to new ways to recycle

Posted on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 by

A newly-discovered bacterium that feeds on plastic could help develop new recycling methods. The discovery was made by researchers from Japan, who say that the microorganism is remarkable for its ability to breakdown completely a common type of plastic known as PET. This digestive process is slow, and the short-term implications of the discovery are […]

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20 Facts About Our Plastic-Packed Planet and 9 Ways to Help

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by

  Plastic is moldable, durable, and its versatility means it’s everywhere and in everything from computers to medical devices. Its benefits are impossible to deny, but our relationship to this marvelous material is ultimately an unhealthy one. We undervalue and overuse plastic and in turn overdispose of it. Our plastic addiction has created a dilemma […]

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