Renewable materials and energy – the answer to net zero plastics?

A new report suggests zero-emission plastics are a possibility and the only thing halting progress ‘is the will’

“Not a single river in England is free from pollution”

Just 14% of English rivers meet “good ecological status”, according to the Environmental Audit Committee

Fresh £180,000 funding to fish for marine litter in Scotland

The latest funding for the Fishing for Litter scheme will be used to cover waste collection and disposal, staff costs and education materials

Sri Lanka and UN collaborate to fight plastic pollution

The CounterMEASURE project has developed an approach to tracking plastic pollution, using frontier technology like machine learning, GIS mapping and drones

Wash a waste! – we use 61kg of shower gel each year

A new report reveals UK homes produce 1.5k tonnes of single-use plastic waste per year and only 9% of this is recycled

Marine plastic pollution
Ocean pollution to get £16.2m flush of funding

The government has announced the funding to combat plastic pollution, stop the extinction of global coral reefs and boost the UK’s ability to help in marine pollution disasters

Building plastic-free future brick-by-brick!

LEGO has unveiled plans to make bricks from recycled plastics

Plastic waste gets a vanilla flavour!

Scientists have developed a method to upcycle PET plastic into vanillin, a flavour compound used in the food and cosmetic industries

Plastics – an eight-legged solution

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a ‘vegan spider silk’ that could provide a clean alternative to single-use plastics

Plastic bags now cost 10p

The new plastic bag charge will be extended to all retailers for the first time