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Single-use plastic: ‘Fish and chips must help save our seas’

Image copyright Matthew Williams Image caption The Crispy Cod will represent Wales at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2019 An award-winning fish and chip shop has called for takeaways to do more to protect the seas. The Crispy Cod in Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff, plans to eliminate plastic bags and polystyrene packaging from the shop floor. It kicked off its efforts by launching a competition for school pupils to design a logo for its new paper bags. The takeaway was recently crowned best fish and chip shop in Wales…

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Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?

Image copyright Luke McSweeney Image caption Rachael Miller believes the Cora Ball could hugely reduce microfibre pollution Concern is mounting over the volume of plastics in our oceans and, in particular, how tiny particles of plastic and other synthetic materials are infiltrating every part of our ecosystem. Can technology help address the problem? In October 2009, windsurfing teacher Rachael Miller went to help clean up an island off the coast of Maine in the north-east of the US. There had been a heavy storm and “we found the beach covered…

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Newspaper headlines: Defiant May and plastic ‘polluting’ people

Newspaper headlines: Defiant May and plastic ‘polluting’ people By BBC News Staff Image caption The developments in the government’s Brexit negotiations continue to generate headlines. The Commons debate on Theresa May’s deal is the focus for the Guardian. It reports the PM faced down Tory critics of her strategy as she “pleaded” to be given time. Image caption The Times says a defiant PM secured a partial reprieve from opponents in her own party with a categorical rejection of Brexit contingency plans that, in the paper’s words, “would divide Northern…

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Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

Image copyright Getty Images The plastics recycling industry faces an investigation amid reports firms are illegally profiting from the market and in some cases polluting rivers. The Environment Agency, the regulator, confirmed it had set up an investigative team and was pursuing “several lines of enquiry”. It comes as councils cut back their plastics recycling services amid a fall in demand for exports to China. Importers are said to be worried about high contamination levels in UK waste. Britain sends about two-thirds of its plastic packaging waste abroad every year,…

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Eugenie wedding: How I also went plastic free on my big day

Image copyright Hannah Jones The venue, food and drink, music, the dress, hair and make-up… a bride’s checklist can go on and on. And Princess Eugenie has added another factor into the equation – her wedding has to be plastic free. The Queen’s granddaughter, who is marrying Jack Brooksbank on 12 October, told British Vogue that the couple’s house was anti-plastic and “Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well”. So how realistic is it? As Lindsay Miles discovered, there are quite a few things to…

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Plastic pollution: Bottle washed up after decades

Image copyright Burnham Coastguard Image caption The “almost new” looking bottle was washed up on Brean Beach during last week’s high tides A plastic washing-up liquid bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found on a beach in Somerset. The Fairy Liquid bottle was washed up on Brean Beach during last week’s high tides. Up to 400 tonnes of rubbish ended up on the beach. Burnham Coastguard said: “This bottle still looks almost new – it’s shocking how long rubbish can survive.” Marked 4d off, the bottle…

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Is my washing to blame for the plastic problem?

Image copyright Getty Images Did you know that every time you do your washing you could be contributing to the world’s plastic problem? Take a look at your clothes labels. If they contain some sort of man-made fibres then studies show your clothes wash could be threatening the world’s seas. But there are ways of reducing the damage. Here are some of the options. What’s the issue? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A polyester fleece can release 1,000,000 fibres per wash When you do laundry, synthetic clothes shed tiny…

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Hyderabad homes and pavements made from used plastic bags

Plastic waste is a serious problem in India. But businesses in the emerging tech hub of Hyderabad may have found a golden business opportunity to turn plastic rubbish that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill, into efficient building materials used to construct houses and city pedestrian walkways. Reporting by Devina Gupta, filmed by Saraskanth TK, edited by Premanand Boominathan. Source link

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Co-op to replace plastic bags with compostable carriers

Image copyright Co-op Image caption The bags will cost 5p and double as a compostable bag for food waste Compostable bags are to replace single-use plastic bags in more than half of Co-op stores, the supermarket has said. It says around 60 million plastic carriers will be replaced with the new bags, which will cost 5p and double as a compostable bag for food waste. Material is certified as compostable if it means it will break down within 12 weeks under specified conditions. The retailer said the move was a…

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