Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect on Tuesday. The ban initially bars the manufacture of such products and a ban on sales will follow in July.
The huge problem of plastic pollution choking the oceans has gained a high profile with recent revelations that there are five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s seas and that the debris has reached the most remote parts of the oceans, Microbeads are a small but significant part of this which campaigners argued was the easiest to prevent.
“The world’s oceans...
The city of Montreal is taking tough measures to cut down on waste. Starting Jan. 1, single-use plastic bags will be banned. City officials say that between 1.4 and 2.7 million shopping bags are circulated every year in Quebec, but only a fraction of them are recovered. These lost or abandoned plastic bags are a visual nuisance that cause considerable harm to terrestrial and marine ecosystems and often end up in landfills.
“We use roughly 2 billion of these bags annually and only 14 per cent are reintegrated in recycling plants,” said Jean-François Parenteau, the city council member responsible for ...
KUTA (INDONESIA): Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.
Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents.
The waves of plastic flooding into rivers and oceans have been causing problems for years — clogging waterways in cities, increasing the risk of floods, and injuring or killing marine animals who ingest or become trapped by plastic packaging.
"When I want to swim, it is ...
The Government of Goa has decided to ban plastic bags in the coastal state from May next year, said the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Goa Liberation Day. He also said that they aim to make the state garbage-free by December next year.
Parrikar said that 'Swachh Bharat' and 'Nitol Goem' (Clean Goa) are on top of the government's list of priorities. Claiming that the state's economy is also dependent on cleanliness, Parrikar said, “If we keep our surroundings and beaches clean, more tourists will visiting the state.”
We commend this initiative particularly considering how much plastic ends up in our ...
The United Nations development Programme plans to fully support the objectives of this year’s General Assembly and its call to work towards a pollution- free planet to help advance multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As highlighted in the Report of the Executive Director of UN Environment, the impact of pollution and its many drivers is devastating the lives and livelihoods of those groups who are most at risk and least responsible for the unsustainable policies and practices that are degrading our planet. We only have to look around to see natural disasters such wildfires, cyclones, floods etc. wreaking havoc on ...
Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, has warned.
As per reports from UNICEF : Breathing particulate air pollution could damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development. It is also linked with verbal and non-verbal IQ and memory which reduces test scores, grade point averages & also other neurological behavior problems.
In South Asia, babies are worst affected by more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. Further in East Asia & Pacific – four million babies are...
Shocking photos emerge of a sea of plastic
Underwater photographer, Caroline Powers made a jaw dropping discovery in the Caribbean sea, near the island of Roatan, some way off the northern coast of the Honduras.
Powers photographed large tracts of sea completely covered with plastic – plastic bottles, bags and polystyrene plates.
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Puerto Rico is slipping into an environmental crisis
Five weeks after the terrifying Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the island is in the midst of a growing environmental catastrophe. 1 in four Puerto Ricans lack access to reliable clean waste. There are some people whose water...
Yes, you heard that right. But how does one make a logo eco-friendly? And how can you compromise on the logo?
The golden arches of McDonalds represent years of steady, quality food and service. The half eaten apple represents decades of innovation. The Swoosh represents sports excellence. But every one of these logos is reprinted millions of times every year and reducing inks on these materials can reduce a printers environmental footprint by lessening chemical waste including airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are created as a result of mass production.
This French designer has thought of exactly this. Sylvain Boyer,...
Gucci boss pledges to go fur-free in 2018
Marco Bizzarri, the Chief Executive of Gucci has said that the decision to go fur-free was part of a commitment to “sustainability”. Gucci's remaining animal fur items will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV. Gucci will also become a part of the Fur Free Alliance - an international group of organisations which campaigns on animal welfare and promotes alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.
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The Supreme Court of India has temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in the National...
Being an environmentally-conscious student is extremely difficult because a lot of sustainable solutions to plastic/reducing waste are either too expensive or just entirely inconvenient. But a little effort into the right alternatives could make a huge difference, so here are a few solutions:
Take reusable bags to the store with you to grocery shop!
As a company committed to fighting against plastic, this is the best advice we can give. Instead of opting for paper or plastic which is both wasteful and unnecessary, use reusable bags. Several bags with every grocery trip can add up to a whole lot of...