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Amount of litter on UK beaches is falling, national clean-up finds
But 75% of waste is still plastic or polystyrene and ‘piecemeal’ government approach not good enough, say campaigners

Damian Carrington Environment editor

25, Nov, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Anya Hindmarch returns to the checkouts with ‘next generation reusable shopping bag’
British designer’s tote bag to go on sale at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose in new bid to tackle single-use plastic

Karen Dacre

12, Nov, 2021 @11:37 AM

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Fiddling with plastics while the planet burns | Letters
Letters: Quentin Macfarlane regrets that we are not able to see the bigger picture of the crisis facing humanity; plus letters from Stephen Warde, Debbie Martyr and Tom Hardy

Letters

02, Nov, 2021 @6:10 PM

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Boom time for Cape Verde’s sea turtles as conservation pays off
The number of nesting sites on the archipelago has risen dramatically, but global heating sees male population plummet

Annika Hammerschlag

26, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘It comes from bacteria, and goes back to bacteria’: the future of plastic alternatives
Making a biodegradable material strong enough to replace plastic is a tough task. But scientists are trying to do just that

Laura Paddison

15, Oct, 2021 @11:03 AM

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The building blocks needed to prevent climate catastrophe | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to George Monbiot’s article on the impact of infrastructure projects on the environment

Letters

08, Sep, 2021 @5:27 PM

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Single-use plastic plates and cutlery to be banned in England
Polystyrene cups will also be banned but campaigners say action to cut plastic waste is ‘snail-paced’

Damian Carrington Environment editor

27, Aug, 2021 @9:30 PM

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Takeaway food and drink litter dominates ocean plastic, study shows
Just 10 plastic products make up 75% of all items and scientists say the pollution must be stopped at source

Damian Carrington Environment editor

10, Jun, 2021 @3:41 PM

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The Guardian view on recycling plastics: keep it in the UK | Editorial
Editorial: Turkey is the latest country to reject the role of world’s dustbin. With their environment bill, ministers have a chance to end this vandalism

Editorial

23, May, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Twenty firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste, report reveals
Plastic Waste Makers index identifies those driving climate crisis with virgin polymer production

Sandra Laville

18, May, 2021 @12:00 AM

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Co-op to ditch plastic ‘bags for life’ over pollution concerns
Campaigners fear that bags are often used just once despite their name, creating more plastic waste

Zoe Wood

29, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Regulators missing pollution’s effect on marine life, study finds
Chemicals and plastics, not just overfishing, threaten aquatic food chain with ‘disaster’, report warns

Karen McVeigh

27, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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