This competition aims to engage Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards a more circular economy and sustainable approaches to plastics.
The circular economy is an emerging economic model based on recycling and repairing.
“By 2025, at least 55% of municipal waste (from households and businesses) should be recycled. The target will rise to 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035.”
Developed as an EU-wide framework of core sustainability indicators for office and residential buildings, the tool provides indicators and common metrics for measuring the environmental performance of buildings throughout their life cycle.
The ban will come into place in April 2020 and will be applied throughout towns and cities in England.
The British supermarket will offer 127 loose fruit and veg varieties over the next year. The fruit and veg will either be sold in recyclable paper bags or loose.
The government of Tanzania has issued a ban on producing, using, importing, or selling plastic bags.
The protocol requires countries that want to ship their waste products to other nations to first obtain the permission of the receiving nations.
Scientists at Washington State University say they have developed an experimental foam made primarily from nanocrystals of cellulose — the most abundant plant material on earth.
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created a recyclable plastic that can be disassembled into its constituent parts and reassembled without loss of performance or quality.
A growing number of entrepreneurs are pursuing direct carbon capture technology which extracts carbon from the air and water and transforms it into usable substances like gasoline, construction materials and industrial chemicals.
The plan requires all new city-owned buildings and major renovations to be “all-electric,” effective immediately. The plan also hopes to phase out styrofoam and to plant 90,000 trees by 2021, and to end plastic straws and single-use containers by 2028.
The law, which will go into effect January 1, 2021, prohibits restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and grocery stores from using the to-go foam containers because they cannot be recycled in Maine.
The Ooho seaweed capsules are made by a London-based startup called Skipping Rocks Lab. They want to cut the number of plastic bottles used by 200,000.
The company has said it is investing £16 million into reducing the amount of plastic used in their packaging. This initiative will remove 40 million plastic bottles from the world.
Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced that the Indonesian province of Bali is officially banning single-use plastics. The country produces 3.2 million tons of plastic annually.
State lawmakers in New York have approved a ban on plastic bags at retail and grocery establishments that would take effect next year as part of the state’s budget.
Present recycling solutions for EV batteries are not able to recover these scarce metals. To combat this, Fortum has a unique recovery process, involving chemical precipitation methodology that allows these minerals to be recovered and delivered to battery manufacturers to be reused in producing new batteries.
Acuva Technologies, based out of British Columbia, Canada, has announced its partnership with Quezon City-based Kooler Industries, in an effort to make a significant difference in the war against plastic waste in the Philippines.
An eco-friendly new social media trend is inspiring people around the world to clean up litter. Though the #TrashTag challenge has reportedly been around for several years, it recently became a trending topic on social media.
Hundreds of pounds of plastic beads of Mardi Gras beads end up in the New Orleans’s water system every year. Thankfully, a biologist from Louisiana State University has developed several formulas for biodegradable Mardi Gras beads made of algae.
With right to repair, we imagine a different kind of system, where instead of throwing things out, we reuse, salvage, and rebuild.
Researchers at Purdue University are excited about a new chemical technique technique that uses super-heated water to convert plastic into a gasoline-like fuel that could be used to fuel conventional vehicles.
Adidas have collaborated with Parley for the Oceans, a company that intercepts plastic from beaches before it can reach the oceans. This plastic is then upcycled and made into a yarn becoming a key component of the upper material of Adidas footwear.
The Swedish furniture giant said it will stop selling single-use plastic products like straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags, and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.