Plastic ban
Ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England from April 2020

The government said it received ‘overwhelming public support’ for the move

Global nations, apart from US, agree pact to cut plastic pollution

They amended the Basel Convention to include plastic waste as a legally binding framework

UK Foreign Office appoints new chief scientific adviser

Carole Mundell will also continue in her role as Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at Bath University

Four more countries join Commonwealth plastic pollution fight

UK Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has hosted the first meeting of the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance today

Plastic pollution ‘has spread to every part of the planet’s oceans’

A round-the-world yacht crew has measured how many plastic particles are present in marine environments

UN and EU adopt new roadmap to tackle marine pollution

They aim to support the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems and keep the world’s oceans healthy, cleaner and resilient

New research and innovation hub to tackle global plastic waste

The UK is contributing £25m and will play a leading role in designing and running the Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework

Plymouth Uni granted £200k for microplastics research

The project will be used to improve scientific understanding of how tiny plastic particles from tyres and fishing gear enter waterways and oceans

Theresa May announces £61.4m to tackle global plastic waste

The Prime Minister is to call on Commonwealth Heads of Government to join an alliance to fight plastic pollution

Sky to invest £25m in new ideas to reduce plastic waste

Sky Ocean Ventures will support innovators and businesses developing new products that help solve the ocean plastic crisis