Plastics: The next challenge for sustainable organisations

Businesses are well aware of climate change and what can be done to tackle it, but the issue of plastics is one that has also been at the fore-front of public discussion.

Morrisons to become the ‘first’ UK supermarket to ditch all plastic bags

The move is predicted to save 3,200 tonnes of plastic every year

Landmark reforms to fight plastic pollution and boost recycling move forward

The government has launched two consultations, including proposals for a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and an extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging

‘World’s first’ facility to recycle all forms of plastic waste to be built in Teesside

The plant, which is expected to be operational in 2022, is predicted to process 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year

Nigeria partners with World Economic Forum to fight plastic pollution

In 2018, Nigeria was estimated to have discharged around 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste into the ocean per year, while its annual plastics production is projected to grow to 523,000 tonnes by 2022

Balls of seagrass could help kick microplastics out of the sea

Seagrass forms balls that have the potential to capture 867 million pieces of plastic annually

‘World’s oceans could be flooded with 1.5bn face masks by the end of 2020’

Oceans globally face an additional 4,680 to 6,240 tonnes of marine plastic pollution, fuelled by the use of single-use PPE

New £20m UK investment to tackle plastic waste in developing nations

UK Research and Innovation is supporting partnerships with researchers across 11 countries: China, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Peru, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam

Almost 14m tonnes of microplastics ‘cover the global ocean floor’

The amount of microplastics recorded was 25 times higher than previous underwater studies, according to a report

Transatlantic scientific venture creates enzyme cocktail to quickly digest plastic

The innovation could be used in large-scale industrial recycling processes and ‘could create a revolution’ in the treatment of plastic waste