Morrisons introduces paper bags to fight plastic pollution

It expects to roll them out in all 493 stores by the end of the summer

EU proposes banning plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds

They are among the 10 single-use plastic products targeted that are said to be most often found on Europe’s beaches

New enzyme nibbles on nasty plastic waste

The modified enzyme PETase can start breaking down PET plastic in just a few days

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 […]

EU wants all plastic waste to be recyclable by 2030

The European Commission has launched the first ever EU-wide strategy to fight plastic waste. It aims to ensure all plastic packaging is recyclable by 2030, the use of single-use plastics is reduced and the intentional use of microplastics is restricted. Europeans generate around 25 million tonnes of plastic waste every year but less than 30% […]

Sustainable stitching squeezed from Sicily’s oranges

  Waste from juiced Sicilian oranges is now being made into sustainable clothes. Adriana Santonocito, a former design student in Milan, had the idea in 2011 to use the abundant amount of orange rinds generated in her native city of Catania to create environmentally friendly textiles. Many thousands of tonnes of citrus fruit are juiced […]

Apple hints at greener future

Apple hopes to one day stop using mined materials and make its products 100% recyclable. That’s according to the technology giant’s annual environment report, which says the firm is looking into ways to cut out the presence of metals and toxic rare materials such as tungsten, tantalum, gold and cobalt from its devices. The firm […]

Samsung to recycle millions of faulty Galaxy Note 7 phones

Samsung has unveiled plans to recycle and process faulty Galaxy Note 7 phones in an “environmentally friendly manner”. It will refurbish non-problematic components, such as cameras and alarms, of the estimated 4.3 million phones so they can be used and resold in future phones. For components that can’t be repurposed, the company will extract and […]

New tech promises emissions-cutting bio-oil from old tyres

A new technology that makes oil from old tyres offers a green option without sacrificing performance. In addition to reusing end-of-life tyres rather than sending them to landfill, Green Distillation Technologies’ (GDT) oil also results in around 30% less Nitrogen Oxide being released than traditional fuels. It was tested by engineers at the Queensland University of Technology, who said it could offer new opportunities […]

Rio’s Olympic rings get gold for sustainability

The six metre tall Olympic rings on Rio’s Copacabana beach are made of recycled plastic bottles. Dutch refillable plastic bottle manufacturer Dopper is behind the construction of the six by three metre decorative Olympic rings by the Beach volleyball courts. The firm claims it’s helping to reduce the rapidly growing volume of plastic waste around […]