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Panama Becomes First Central American Nation To Ban Plastic Bags

Panama Becomes First Central American Nation To Ban Plastic Bags

Credits to Reuters. PANAMA CITY, July 20 - Panama on Saturday became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the United Nations has identified as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. The isthmus nation...

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Humans are eating and drinking enough plastic to make a credit card every week

Humans are eating and drinking enough plastic to make a credit card every week

A new study has found that the global average of microplastic ingestion could be as high as five grams a week per person, which is the equivalent of eating a teaspoon of plastic — or a credit card — every week. Key points: People consume 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic...

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Bali Officially Bans all Single-use Plastic to Curb Ocean Pollution

Bali Officially Bans all Single-use Plastic to Curb Ocean Pollution

Bali has banned the use of single-use plastic items in a bid to cut down on ocean pollution. The law prohibiting plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam has come into effect as of July 2, after a six-month transition period that ended last month. The Indonesian government has ambitious goals for...

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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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We organised a conference for 570 people without using plastic. Here’s how it went

We organised a conference for 570 people without using plastic. Here’s how it went

What did we use before single-use plastics became ingrained in our everyday lives? Before the 1980s, plastic bags were a rarity in our supermarkets. In 2019, excessive plastic use feels not just normal, but necessary to sustain our hectic lifestyles. From takeaway containers and supermarket packaging to cheap, low-quality goods,...

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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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South Australia to become first state to ban plastic items including straws, Government says

South Australia to become first state to ban plastic items including straws, Government says

A range of single-use plastics including straws and cutlery is set to be banned in South Australia — but that could be just the tip of the iceberg, with items including takeaway coffee cups and plastic bags also in the firing line. Key points: South Australia would become the first...

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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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Igloo Says Goodbye To Styrofoam Coolers, Releases Biodegradable Update

Igloo Says Goodbye To Styrofoam Coolers, Releases Biodegradable Update

Styrofoam coolers are lightweight, cheap, and pretty good at keeping beverages cold. They’re also pretty bad for the environment. Styrofoam is Dow Chemical’s trademarked name for extruded polystyrene, and in addition to being conveniently disposable, it’s also a source of greenhouse gases, doesn’t degrade for centuries, and is highly flammable. Oh, and animals...

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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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