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See Plastic? Don’t Fret! Follow this Flow Chart & Find Out What to Do

See Plastic? Don’t Fret! Follow this Flow Chart & Find Out What to Do

Have you had that slight panic attack when you encounter plastic when you’ve just vowed to reduce your plastic waste? It’s been bugging me for quite some time now. If you need a more elementary level guidance (like I did), you might benefit from my ‘Plastic Encounter Flow Chart’.   You’ll...

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The Three Cardinal Rules for a Painless Plastic Free Journey

The Three Cardinal Rules for a Painless Plastic Free Journey

When I first heard of the phrase ‘plastic free’, I thought it meant absolutely.zero.plastic.I realized later on that aiming for that meant setting myself up to fail. It is nearly impossible to be 100% plastic free in our modern world. Plastic has its place in our world (like in healthcare/medicine)...

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McDonald’s and Burger King are facing calls to scrap plastic toys in kids’ meal deals

McDonald’s and Burger King are facing calls to scrap plastic toys in kids’ meal deals

The plastic toys given away with children’s fast food meals are under fire. McDonald’s and Burger King are the target of a petition started by two British school children who criticize the companies for giving away the toys that they say are put in the trash after only being used briefly....

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Morrisons bans plastic packaging from fruit and veg

Morrisons bans plastic packaging from fruit and veg

MORRISONS is to become the first British supermarket to ban plastic packaging from its fruits and vegetables. Customers will soon be able to choose from up to 127 varieties of fruit and veg - and buy them loose or put them in recyclable paper bags. The move comes after a...

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40 tons of fishing nets retrieved in Pacific Ocean cleanup

40 tons of fishing nets retrieved in Pacific Ocean cleanup

In a mission to clean up trash floating in the ocean, environmentalists pulled 40 tons of abandoned fishing nets this month from an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Mariners on a 140-foot cargo sailboat outfitted with a crane voyaged from Hawaii to the heart of the Pacific...

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Bird spotted feeding chick cigarette butt in ‘devastating’ picture

Bird spotted feeding chick cigarette butt in ‘devastating’ picture

A parent bird has been spotted feeding its chick a cigarette butt, highlighting environmental concerns and prompting a wave of anger at careless smokers. The black skimmer bird was photographed at a beach in Florida, US, picking the butt up and putting it in the baby’s mouth. Karen Mason, who took...

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How a company in Berlin is turning coffee grounds into recycled reusable cups

How a company in Berlin is turning coffee grounds into recycled reusable cups

Kaffeeform is a Berlin-based start-up that uses coffee grounds to create reusable coffee cups. The 100% biodegradable, reusable cups are used in coffee shops and restaurants around the city. Kaffeeform, a Berlin-based start-up, has been creating coffee cups from recycled coffee grounds for the past three years. With the help...

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India Will Ban All Single-Use Plastics by 2022

India Will Ban All Single-Use Plastics by 2022

It’s the most ambitious move against global plastic pollution yet. First comes the leak, then comes the flood. 2018 will be remembered as the year the world waged war on plastic waste — and the revolution has just got serious. India announced it will ban all single-use plastics by 2022...

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Biofuel, beeswax wraps and recyclable coffee cups: United debuts 'eco-friendly flight'

Biofuel, beeswax wraps and recyclable coffee cups: United debuts 'eco-friendly flight'

United Airlines hasn’t served complimentary meals in economy for years, but passengers on Flight 310 from Chicago to Los Angeles on Wednesday were treated to a choice of a Thai summer salad with mango and rice noodles, a quinoa and kale superfood wrap or an artisanal cheese plate. No, the Chicago-based airline isn't...

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Supermarkets charging more for loose fruits and vegetables

Supermarkets charging more for loose fruits and vegetables

Loose fruit and vegetables are often more expensive than those sold in plastic packaging, a survey of supermarkets has found. Environmental campaigners have accused supermarkets of discouraging shoppers from saving the planet by making it more expensive to avoid products wrapped in plastic. Sainsbury's was found to be charging 17p for...

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How Your Toothbrush Became a Part of the Plastic Crisis

How Your Toothbrush Became a Part of the Plastic Crisis

At first, years ago, it was just an occasional piece of plastic trash that Kahi Pacarro, the founder of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, picked up on the beach cleanups he organized around the state. A straw here, a takeout container there. But one day Pacarro spotted something particularly surprising in the beach...

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Canada Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Joining Growing Global Movement

Canada Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Joining Growing Global Movement

MONTREAL — Canada on Monday joined a growing global movement with a plan to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment. Announcing the ban next to a lake at the picturesque Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St-Hilaire, outside of Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wanted his children to be able to...

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