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How much plastic have humans made?

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Humans have created more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, a new study suggests.

The study provides the first global analysis of the production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made, including synthetic fibers. Read more »

Plastics leave permanent indestructible legacy

Stomach contents of an albatross chick photographed in the Pacific in 2009. Image: By Chris Jordan (via US Fish & Wildlife Service HQ)

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Corona Beer joins Parley for the Oceans to clean up marine plastic

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Bali Beach

Mexican beer brand Corona has partnered with Parley for the Oceans in plan to end marine plastic pollution, one of the biggest threats to human health and the survival of the planet's largest and most important ecosystem, the world's oceans. The long-term partnership launches with a plan to protect 100 Islands by 2020 starting in six key regions in different parts of the world – Mexico, Maldives, Australia, Chile, Italy and Dominican Republic. Read more »

Tetra Pak launches carton made entirely from plant based and renewable materials

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, is launching the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard. Read more »

Have vacuum cleaners been sucked into the throwaway culture?

A study has been launched by Nottingham Trent University to examine the product life of vacuum cleaners and to find out whether they have been sucked into the disposable culture.

Led by Professor Tim Cooper, an expert in sustainable consumption at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, the research will explore how perceptions of dirt, damage and poor maintenance may lead to consumers disposing of their vacuums when they are easily repairable.

The project aims to increase the lifespan of vacuums to help save raw materials and reduce landfill costs. Read more »

Plan A in action as M&S launches frisbee made from litter collected at Big Beach Clean-Up

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched the Beach Clean Frisbee made from recycled plastic, including some plastic from litter collected by M&S customers and employees. The frisbee turns rubbish such as plastic cups, fishing tackle and bottle tops discarded onto Britain's beaches into a brand new product.

The launch of the frisbee coincides with this year’s Big Beach Clean-Up (which runs until the 30th April) and is on sale now at M&S.com and in six costal M&S stores – Belfast (Abbey Centre), Bexhill, Lytham St Annes, Silverlink Retail Park, Weston Super Mare and Edinburgh Kinnaird. Read more »

Reducing landfill, creating recycled materials: Loughborough University develops a new Footwear Recycling system

A newly developed recycling process could make landfill sites filled with old shoes a thing of the past as the world’s first comprehensive system for separating and recovering useful materials from old footwear is successfully trialled. Read more »

Wasting billions of sheets of paper every year

Advances in technology led to promises that we would soon be living in a paperless society, with stacks of paperwork and mountains of wasted print-outs a thing of the past.

However far from this, new research has today revealed that the average worker is still printing six thousand sheets a year, two thirds of which goes to waste, and half say they’ve either not reduced how much they print or they’re printing more. Read more »

Sustainable Restaurant Association member, Carluccio’s, converts waste cooking oil into biofuel

Carluccio’s aim is to save 92.7 tonnes of carbon through recycling its waste oil in the first twelve months

Convert2Green has concluded an agreement to work with Carluccio's, a chain of Italian restaurants, to collect and convert waste cooking oil into bio-diesel as part of the company’s wider sustainabi Read more »

Trash app aims to clean up Britain

Probably the first app that gets your rubbish collected...

Britain’s largest on-demand rubbish clearance company, AnyJunk, has scored another first with the launch of an iPhone app which makes disposing of all sorts of trash as simple as a few taps on your mobile screen.

Jason Mohr, founder of theinnovative waste disposal company, said that with the proliferation of smartphone use it was a logical move for his high-tech company to provide an app to make it easier and more efficient for customers to communicate with AnyJunk to organise waste collection. Read more »

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