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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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Two thirds of firms involved in Plastic Pledge have made no progress

Two thirds of firms involved in Plastic Pledge have made no progress

Two thirds of firms which pledged last year to get rid of unnecessary single-use plastics have shown no progress, a report reveals. The ‘UK Plastics Pact’ was signed with great fanfare by 127 companies, including the big supermarkets and food and drinks giants.  In all, they accounted for 85 per...

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Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here's how it could affect your health

Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here's how it could affect your health

The internet cheered in December when Trader Joe’s announced it would take meaningful steps towards making its packaging more sustainable. The supermarket chain outlined a plan that included reducing and eliminating excess waste, using materials that could realistically be recycled and avoiding harmful substances. It’s the last part that medical and environmental...

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UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping

UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping

MAY 10, 2019 Geneva, Switzerland — Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. The amendments require exporters to obtain the consent of receiving countries...

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Maine becomes the first U.S. state to ban Styrofoam

Maine becomes the first U.S. state to ban Styrofoam

  Food containers made of Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, will be officially banned from businesses in Maine after governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday on the 7th of May. The law, which will go into effect January 1, 2021, prohibits restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and grocery stores from...

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Whale calf left with no tail after getting trapped in abandoned fishing net

Whale calf left with no tail after getting trapped in abandoned fishing net

Warning: graphic content This is the shocking moment a young whale is caught on camera swimming in the sea without a tail. The humpback whale calf appeared to be moving normally through the water but when it dived it revealed a horrific ragged wound where its tail should have been....

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The world's recycling is in chaos, here is what has to happen

The world's recycling is in chaos, here is what has to happen

It has been a year since China jammed the works of recycling programs around the world by essentially shutting down what had been the industry’s biggest market. China’s National Sword policy, enacted in January 2018, banned the import of most plastics and other materials headed for that nation’s recycling processors, which had handled nearly half of...

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Trader Joe’s is about to ditch all excess plastic

Trader Joe’s is about to ditch all excess plastic

Trader Joe’s is sticking to one of its New Year’s resolutions by committing to reduce its plastic waste by more than one million pounds. The move follows growing customer demand for less plastic and more sustainable packaging in Trader Joe’s stores; a change.org petition on the subject amassed over 80,000 signatures in two months....

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Hawaii strongly considers banning most plastics at restaurants to cut down on ocean pollution

Hawaii strongly considers banning most plastics at restaurants to cut down on ocean pollution

Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure would make it the first to do so statewide. The...

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