fishing plastic

A dead sperm whale’s stomach was found with fishing gear and plastic bags in Keys

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Biologists conducting an necropsy on a sperm whale that beached itself in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Keys said they found man-made materials in the mammal’s stomach that likely contributed to its death. The adult male was one of two sperm whales that died in…

plastic recycling

The U.S. plastic recycling rates have dropped to about 5%

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Disposing plastic

Part two of the Plastic Problem: What steps must industry and government take to reduce plastic waste

A whopping 350m tonnes of plastic is produced every year, according to A Plastic Ocean, who estimates 8m tonnes ends up in the ocean.Unless urgent action is taken, it is predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.What kind of ‘urgent action’ is required? In Disposing of the plastic problem:…

labelling plastic

Plastic labelling needs ‘sustainability scale’

Labelling of plastic products needs a drastic overhaul including a new “sustainability scale” to help consumers, researchers say. Plastic pollution is a growing global problem, with an increasingly complex mix of plastics found everywhere from the Arctic to Mount Everest. Simplistic, unhelpful labelling and low recycling rates even in the best-equipped countries are major barriers…

plastic recycling

Plastic recycling should not be an end in and of itself

Fig. 1. Recycling rates and secondary material amounts of recycled product subsegments in 2017 (Klotz and Haupt, 2021). AC: air conditioning, B&C: building and construction, C&I: commercial and industrial, CE: consumer electronics, EEE: electrical and electronic equipment, HH: household, ICT: information and communication technology, NC: non-consumer, PTTs: pots, trays and tubs. Credit: DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2022.01.002 Wanting…

France plastic

France bans plastic packaging of fruit and vegetables

No more plastic bags and packaging for many fruits and veg in France. A ban on the use of plastic to package a range of fruit and vegetables came into force in France on Saturday, to the dismay of the sector’s packaging industry. Environmentalists have long campaigned against single-use plastics as pollution worsens globally while…

packaging plastic

Plastic food packaging gets a bad rap, but does it always deserve it?

By James Wong DigiPub/Getty Images Social media can be a powerful force for positive change, especially when it comes to environmental issues. A seemingly perfect example is the drive to stem the tide of single-use plastic, particularly when it comes to food packaging. Huge campaigns – including organised groups descending on supermarkets to strip and…

COVID- plastic

Over 25,000 tons of COVID-19 plastic waste is now in the ocean

This is just a tiny portion of the trash that’s ended up in the oceans. The Ocean Cleanup Researchers have used models to determine that, as of late August, 193 countries collectively produced more than 8 million tons of pandemic-related plastic waste, ranging from masks and hospital equipment to packaging from online shopping generated by…

industry plastic

Plastic industry pollution to overtake coal in US by 2030, report says

Mo plastic mo problems — Supply chain for plastic production is rife with carbon emissions. Tim De Chant – Oct 24, 2021 11:15 am UTC Enlarge / Smoke billows from one of many chemical plants near Baton Rouge, La. ‘Cancer Alley’ is one of the most polluted areas of the US and lies along the…

plastic Report

Report: Plastic is on track to become a bigger climate problem than coal

Plastic permeates the oceans, clutters landfills, and threatens to create a “near-permanent contamination of the natural environment,” according to researchers. As if that weren’t bad enough, it is also a major contributor to climate change. A new report from the advocacy group Beyond Plastics says that emissions from the plastic industry could overtake those from…