Plastics

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Covid has made us use even more plastic – but we can reset | Christian Dunn
Lockdown has highlighted the versatility of this everyday material, while creating a mountain of waste, says environmental campaigner Christian Dunn

Christian Dunn

19, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Study suggests bacteria in cow’s stomach can break down plastic
Scientists find micro-organisms from the bovine stomach have ability to degrade polyesters in lab setting

Natalie Grover

02, Jul, 2021 @9:14 AM

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Call for global treaty to end production of ‘virgin’ plastic by 2040
Scientists say agreement must cover extraction of raw materials and pollution that blights seas and land

Sandra Laville

01, Jul, 2021 @6:00 PM

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New Zealand to ban most single-use plastics by 2025
Ban on plastics including cotton buds, packaging, cutlery, straws and fruit labels to be phased in from next year

Tess McClure in Wellington

28, Jun, 2021 @2:16 AM

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Lego develops first bricks made from recycled plastic bottles
Activists welcome move but warn recycling should not be default solution to plastics crisis

Hilary Osborne

23, Jun, 2021 @4:49 PM

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New EU rules would permit use of most polymers without checks, experts warn
Proposals would allow common plastics to be used despite valid concerns about possible harms, scientists say

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

21, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Adani blasted over ‘toxic’ $4bn plan to use Australian coal to make plastic in India
Owners of Queensland’s controversial Carmichael mine say plant will use 3.1m tonnes of coal a year to make PVC

Graham Readfearn

18, Jun, 2021 @6:56 AM

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Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring
Production of chemical could help make recycling more attractive and tackle global plastic pollution

Damian Carrington Environment editor

15, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter
There is now so much ocean plastic that it has become a route for invasive species, threatening native animals with extinction

Russell Thomas

14, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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NSW and WA in ‘race to the top’ to ban single-use plastics from next year
WA unveils plan to phase out items such as plastic bags, cutlery and polystyrene containers by the end of 2021 - several years ahead of NSW

Elias Visontay

13, Jun, 2021 @5:33 AM

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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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Call for G7 Cornwall summit to forge global plastic pollution treaty
Nestlé and UK supermarkets sign open letter calling for G7 nations to show leadership this June

Sandra Laville Environment correspondent

27, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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