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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...

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...
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...
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...
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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...
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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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Landfill-on-sea

Daisy Dumas

7th February, 2008

Plastic rubbish gets tossed away in far-off places that we rarely get to see. Daisy Dumas assesses its impact on the world's largest floating landfill. more...
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Plastics chemical found in human tissue at high levels

News

10th August, 2007

A key chemical used in modern plastics has been found in human tissues at 10 times the concentration considered safe, new research has found. more...
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'Frisco votes to ban the bag

News

29th March, 2007

The local council in San Francisco, California, has set a precedent by becoming the first US city to vote to ban large supermarkets from handing out plastic bags, Reuters has reported. more...
Plastic Bag

The perils of plastic amnesia

Matthew Carmichael

1st November, 2006

Convenient, flimsy, costly, cynical, manipulative, wasteful, deadly...we'll never forget the plastic bag more...

plastics: 1/17 of 17

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Behind the label: Interior paints

Pat Thomas

1st February, 2006

Thinking of brightening up your house for spring? Think again, there’s a lot more to paint than meets the eye. Pat Thomas reports
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Reusable nappies

Matilda Lee

1st February, 2005

Do you want the best for your baby, but don’t want to harm the environment? Then use reusable nappies. Contrary to popular belief, modern reusables are cheaper and more hygienic than disposables, and you won't have to spend hours cleaning them. more...
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Are you too well behaved

Diane Wilson

1st October, 2004

The US authorities have allowed Formosa Plastics and other chemicals corporations to poison the waterways of the Texas Gulf Coast for decades. When local shrimp-boat operator Diane Wilson found out what was going on she single-handedly set about forcing Formosa to clean up its act. more...
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Like Flowers Breaking through the Cement

Holly Wren

1st April, 2003

Many people dismiss environmentalism as a middle-class luxury that few can afford. But in Mexico City a group of impoverished street punks are pioneering radical social alternatives because their survival depends on it. Holly Wren reports. more...
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Bottled Water

The Ecologist

1st February, 2003

Twice as expensive as petrol, three times the price of milk, and 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. Is it worth it, and what impact is it having on our environment? more...

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