UK Government selects 50 young environment ambassadors

The announcement is part of the 2019 ‘Year of Green Action’ aimed at encouraging more people to be involved in projects to improve the natural world

The Muswell Hill Moment: Plastics in the human body

What do the public think?

Sandy Martin appointed as Waste and Recycling Shadow Minister

It is said to be the first ministerial or shadow position covering both waste and recycling, with a dedicated focus on the global plastic crisis

EU Parliament backs ban on single-use plastics

The throwaway plastics to be banned from 2021 include straws, cutlery, plates, balloon sticks and cotton buds

IEA: Rising consumption of plastics to drive oil demand growth

Petrochemicals – i.e. components derived from oil and gas used in daily products like plastics, clothing and detergents – are to account for more than a third of growth to 2030

Microplastics ‘found in 50% of freshwater insects in Wales’

Research reveals pieces of plastic were ingested by insects

InterChem invests £1m in recycling firm

Recycling Technologies recycles all types of plastics, including films, coloured and laminated plastics such as crisp packages and food pouches

Boris Johnson orders Foreign Office to bin plastics

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is to eliminate single-use plastics from its UK operations by the end of 2018. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also pledged to do the same from its global operations by 2020, making it the first UK Government department to announce such a ban. The FCO, in recent weeks, has […]

India to host World Environment Day 2018

India is the global host of the World Environment Day this year. It will take place on 5th June, with ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ the theme for this year’s edition urging governments, industry, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently cut the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting the […]

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020

The BBC has announced it will ban all single-use plastics from its operations by 2020. It comes in the wake of its landmark Blue Planet II series, which highlighted plastic pollution in the ocean. Plastic cups and cutlery are to be scrapped by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by […]