Plastics

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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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These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plastic
Diving with tiger sharks off Fuvahmulah brought a tourist boom that has led to a destructive tide of plastic waste. But now locals are pushing back

Graeme Green

15, Oct, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Chemicals used in packaging may play role in 100,000 US deaths a year – study
Phthalates, also found in consumer goods, may contribute to loss of life among older Americans costing US $40-47bn a year

Amanda Holpuch

14, Oct, 2021 @5:10 PM

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More microplastics in babies’ faeces than in adults’ – study
Researchers say children’s mouthing behaviour and products such as bottles may be to blame

Sofia Quaglia

22, Sep, 2021 @3:10 PM

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Fit washing machines with filters to reduce microplastic pollution, MPs say
Women’s Institute supports initiative, urging manufacturers to take action on plastic microfibres

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

21, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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New Zealand is not as clean or green as we think – plastic waste is creating a crisis | Lizzy Carmine
Ignorance about plastic recycling has tricked us into guilt-free consumption – decision makers have to give us sustainable options

Lizzy Carmine

20, Sep, 2021 @12:38 AM

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Campaigners urge ministers to introduce vouchers for reusable nappies
Nappy Alliance says scheme would encourage people to switch away from polluting single-use nappies

Zoe Wood

31, Aug, 2021 @6:23 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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Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study
Woodland Trust and National Trust trial sustainable alternatives to plastic protection for millions of saplings

Phoebe Weston

24, Aug, 2021 @6:01 AM

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Multibillion-dollar Louisiana plastics plant put on pause in a win for activists
According to environmentalists, the $9.4bn facility could release up to 13m tonnes of greenhouse gases a year

Oliver Laughland in New Orleans

19, Aug, 2021 @12:31 AM

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Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic
Cop15 negotiations to set this decade’s targets on nature to be split into two, with face-to-face meetings delayed until 2022

Patrick Greenfield

18, Aug, 2021 @3:13 PM

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Welcome to the ‘plastisphere’: the synthetic ecosystem evolving at sea
Ocean plastic has created a unique home for specialised organisms, from animals that travel on it to bacteria that ‘eat’ it

Russell Thomas

11, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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