World’s most remote island creates huge marine protection zone

Tristan da Cunha, home to the world’s most remote human settlement, has declared 687,000 square kilometres in the Atlantic Ocean will be protected

French startup recycles hair to clean up ocean oil spills

James Taylor, Co-Founder of the French startup Capillum spoke to ELN about a hair recycling initiative, which extracts keratin from waste hair to use it for soil and water decontamination

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

Borealis granted €250m to develop circular economy solutions for plastics

It will enable the company to intensify the development of polyolefins-based circular solutions used in a wide range of applications in consumers products, packaging and power transmission cabling

Total to convert refinery to zero-crude platform with €500m investment

The project will process animal fats from Europe and used cooking oil to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel

Europe to become home of the ‘world’s largest’ plastic recycling facility

The facility will have the potential to produce the equivalent of approximately 4.2 billion food grade beverage bottles made of 100% recycled and recyclable PET plastic annually

Travel lightly – ‘world’s first’ hydrogen hotel in Japan celebrates first birthday

The hydrogen hotel in Kawasaki City, Tokyo, creates hydrogen from waste plastics to supply about 30% of the energy the hotel needs

Plastic flows into the ocean ‘set to triple by 2040’

The cumulative amount of plastic in the ocean is forecast to reach 600m tonnes by 2040, equivalent in weight to more than three million blue whales

New UK facility will convert 30k tonnes of unrecycled plastic to recycled oils

The work for the project is expected to be finalised by the end of 2023