Plastics

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Children as young as nine say they are ill from work recycling plastic in Turkey
Human Rights Watch says failure to enforce laws worsens health impact at centres, amid steep rise in EU and UK waste exports

Karen McVeigh

21, Sep, 2022 @4:00 AM

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NGO retracts ‘waste colonialism’ report blaming Asian countries for plastic pollution
Ocean Conservancy apologises for ‘false narrative’ of 2015 study that put blame for bulk of world’s plastic waste on five Asian states

Karen McVeigh

15, Sep, 2022 @10:05 AM

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Plastic has made it to the bottom of Fiji’s rives; our environment is breaking down | Andrew Paris
In Pacific countries, people have lived in harmony with the physical environment for centuries, now even the riverbed mussels are affected

Andrew Paris

21, Aug, 2022 @11:45 PM

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UN seeks plan to beat plastic nurdles, the tiny scourges of the oceans
Billions of the pellets end up in the sea, killing turtles, whales and dolphins, and are washed up on beaches around the world

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

20, Aug, 2022 @2:51 PM

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Cigarette butts: how the no 1 most littered objects are choking our coasts
An estimated 4.5tn tobacco filters are littered each year and many end up in oceans with deadly consequences

Ashifa Kassam

18, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down – and we keep making more | Kim Heacox
Americans throw away an estimated 2.5m plastic water bottles an hour. We need international cooperation to protect our planet and our health

Kim Heacox

08, Aug, 2022 @10:18 AM

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‘We want plastic to become taboo’: the rise in reusable water bottles
The climate crisis and recent heatwaves has led to a surge in sales. But why are some of them so big?

Morwenna Ferrier

05, Aug, 2022 @10:00 PM

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‘Incredibly promising’: the bubble barrier extracting plastic from a Dutch river
Technology applied to Oude Rijn river helps stop plastic pollution reaching sea

Senay Boztas in Katwijk

05, Aug, 2022 @11:52 AM

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Single servings at low prices: how Unilever’s sachets became an environmental scourge
Plastic in the Depths: Multinational denies dropping plan to recycle plastic sachets – and leaving developing countries with a toxic headache as they end up in landfill or the ocean

Karen McVeigh and Gemma Holliani Cahya in Jakarta

01, Aug, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Milk & More to increase reuse of bottles by 15% as glass prices soar
Firm adjusts systems with aim of using 500,000 fewer bottles a year, and more customers avoid plastic

Sarah Butler

31, Jul, 2022 @11:40 AM

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Plastic in the Depths: how pollution took over our oceans
So much plastic pours into the sea every year that species are now endemic to it. A new Guardian series looks at where it comes from, the harm it does and what can be done about it

Chris Michael Seascape editor

25, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Tyre dust: the ‘stealth pollutant’ that’s becoming a huge threat to ocean life
Plastic in the depths: Scientists spent decades on the trail of a mystery toxin killing salmon en masse. A recent breakthrough revealed the culprit

Karen McVeigh

25, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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