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Microplastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans

October 29th, 2013

Tanya Cox

Tanya Cox explains how microplastic pollution, which at some marine sites occurs at a concentration higher than that of plankton, has become a macroscopic problem for the life that calls the ocean its home ... more...

Plastic Ocean

October 28th, 2013

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

Elizabeth Claire Alberts discovers how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a mission to clear up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ... more...

Frontline Online: Plastic not-so-fantastic

February 18th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

Why Pakistan’s recent announcement of a ban of non-biodegradable plastics may not be beneficial for the environment. Lorna Howarth reports.....
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Grace Lee

Why Aren’t My Fellow Americans Doing More Recycling?

Grace Lee

27th July, 2012

Grace Lee has just spent a month in Seoul, South Korea working as an intern for the Resource Recirculation Management Division under the Climate Change and Environment Bureau of Seoul City Hall. Here’s what she has to say to her fellow US citizens about their domestic waste… more...
Plastic bottles of water

Bottled water industry wages PR battle against tap water movement

Eifion Rees

4th April, 2012

Worried by an eco backlash, the bottled water industry is waging a PR battle to turn the public back onto plastic bottled water more...
How to…make recycling pay

How to… make recycling pay

Bethany Hubbard

30th March, 2012

From turning old clothes into bags to making plastic cups into fabulous pencils, spring-cleaning just got lucrative more...
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Ten of the best…ways to reuse your rubbish

Valentina Jovanovski

5th August, 2011

Whether it’s plastic bottles or old magazines, Valentina Jovanovski has a creative way to turn it into something entirely new more...
Erin O'Connor

Erin O' Connor: 'World Without Bottles'

Ruth Styles

2nd June, 2011

A behind-the-scenes look at the British supermodel's shoot for SodaStream's 'World Without Bottles' campaign more...

Message in a bottle: the retro way to reduce packaging

The Ecologist

14th March, 2011

UK consumers get through 14 million litres of bottled soft drinks every year at a significant cost to the environment. So why not try making your own?
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Pick Up America: a cross-country road trip to wipe out waste

Carrie Madren

21st December, 2010

Five committed twentysomethings are making a 2,000-mile trek across the US, picking up litter and educating young people and communities about zero waste more...
Items found to contain harmful chemicals

Tesco caught breaching EU rules on harmful chemicals

Tom Levitt

13th October, 2010

Tesco and Carrefour among those retailers and brands failing to meet their legal responsibilities to provide consumers with information on toxic or carcinogenic substances used in products they sell more...
Ecolean

Sustainable design shapes the future of food packaging

Leif Huff

30th September, 2010

PHOTO GALLERY: In exclusive images from a brilliant new eco-design book we illustrate innovative ways designers around the world are creating sustainable food packaging, products and appliances... more...

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Landfill could be greener than recycling when it comes to plastic bottles

Eric Johnson

8th September 2010

For regions with adequate space and little recycling infrastructure, disposing of bottles in landfill generates a lower carbon footprint than recycling or incineration... more...

How to campaign for less waste and more recycling

George Wigmore & Matilda Lee

6th July, 2010

From plastic bag-free towns to refashioned clothes and bus fleets run on chip fat, here's a guide to what you can do to tackle waste in your community more...
Tupperware

Storing food safely in plastic containers

Catherine Zandonella

24th June, 2010

There are certain rules of thumb when it comes to storing, freezing and heating food in plastic containers. Read on to find out how to use plastics safely more...
Albatross

Beyond plastic bags: stopping plastic pollution at source

David Hawkins

22nd April, 2010

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a new campaign calling for an outright ban on single-use plastic products. Will you support them? more...
Witches' Knickers XVI

Plastic bag art: how to spoil any view

Laura Sevier

30th November, 2009

Many plastic bags end up as waste on our streets, parks and beaches. Rosie Barnes' photographs capture these blots on the landscape more...
Sugar

Will sugar be the oil of the 21st century?

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2009

You can turn it into everything from fuel to plastics. But will the surge in demand for sugar end up having a serious environmental impact? more...
Plastic bag

How to make your town plastic bag free

Sylvia Rowley

15th April, 2009

Sylvia Rowley examines Rebecca Hosking's tips to rid your town of plastic bags more...
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30 steps to an oil-free world

1st May, 2008

Ecologist

Our addiction to oil is not inevitable. We can all take steps to kick the habit more...
Plastic Bag

Wales plans to bring in compulsory plastic bag charge

Ecologist

16th October, 2009

Welsh Government says a charge is the only way to reduce plastic bag use further and encourage reuse more...
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Abandoned fishing gear wreaks havoc at sea

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Fish and other sea mammals are paying a heavy price for the tonnes of lost or abandoned fishing gear in our oceans more...
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How to make your town plastic-free

Sylvia Rowley

15th April, 2009

Sylvia Rowley examines Rebecca Hosking's tips to rid your town of plastic bags more...
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Californian Ocean Protection Council calls for a state-wide ban on Styrofoam packaging

Ecologist

16th January, 2009

Little angers environmentalists more than receiving food or products in Styrofoam packaging, and now the Californian Ocean Protection Council has called for a blanket ban on the use of the material in food containers across California. more...
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The problem of greenwash - green-fiddling while Rome burns…

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2008

It’s fair to say that we have our share of robust discussions in this office. Opinions get aired, fingers get pointed, occasionally voices get raised. It’s all in a good cause. Setting the world to rights isn’t always a civilised tea party. more...

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