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  • Biodegradable plastics – Not there yet. Additives to breakdown plastics don’t work

    A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i.e., soda bottles) simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. “Making improper or unsubstantiated claims can produce consumer backlash, fill the environment with unwanted polymer debris ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU restricts the use of plastic bags to protect the environment

    Up to 200 plastic bags are thrown away every year by the average European, most of them after having been used only once. The tiny particles these bags are made of can enter water or even the food cycle. To reduce these risks, the EU wants to restrict the use of plastic bags. MEPs and the Council have agreed a deal, which the environment committee will put to a vote on 31 March, ahead of the ...


    By European Parliament

  • Ban on plastic bags broadened in San Francisco

    San Francisco’s unique plastic bag ban has been extended to include pharmacies operating five or more locations in the city, according to NBC. The ordinance went into effect in November, first banning grocery stores from giving customers non-biodegradable plastic bags. The stores must use recyclable paper bags, reusable bags, or bio-plastic bags made of corn or potato starch. Now the ban also ...

  • Global Biodegradable Polymers Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Biodegradable Polymers Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p092427/Global-Biodegradable-Polymers-Industry.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Plastic This ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Producing environmentally friendly biodegradable plastics from vegetable waste

    Using vegetable waste to produce bioplastics can provide sustainable alternatives to non-biodegradable plastic, new research has found. The biodegradable plastic developed for this study, produced using parsley and spinach stems, cocoa pod husks and rice hulls, have a range of mechanical properties comparable to conventional plastics which are used for products from carrier bags to kitchenware ...

  • Global Biodegradable Polymers Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Biodegradable Polymers Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p092427/Global-Biodegradable-Polymers-Industry.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Plastic This ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Plastic bag industry criticises UN call for plastic bag ban - comment update

    The United Nations Environment Programme has come under criticism from the plastic bag industry after calling for a world-wide ban on thin film plastic bags. Responding to the results of a UN report assessing marine litter, UN under secretary and UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said: “Some of the litter, like thin film single use plastic bags which choke marine life, ...

  • Seattle Council discussing styrofoam ban and plastic and paper bag fee

    The Seattle City Council are to hold a public hearing this week on Mayor Greg Nickels’ proposal to ban foam containers and impose a plastic/paper bag fee at local stores, reports the Seattle Times. It is expected the proposal will gain approval. If passed, all restaurants and grocery stores would have to find a non-foam container alternative, and a 20-cent fee would be imposed on each plastic or ...

  • MEPs Clamp Down on Wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, known to pollute water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular. "MEPs have today voted ...


    By European Parliament

  • New bans on plastic bags may help protect marine life

    China’s surprise crackdown on plastic bags, announced on Tuesday, will prohibit the production and distribution of ultra-thin bags beginning June 1. The ruling bans the manufacture, sale, and use of plastic bags under 0.025 millimeters thick and prohibits supermarkets and shops nationwide from handing out the sacks for free. With the move, China joins a growing list of regions, from San Francisco ...

  • Environment MEPs clamp down on wasteful plastic carrier bags

    EU states would have to reduce the consumption of most common and polluting plastic bags by 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by the Environment Committee on Monday. To this end, MEPs recommend using economic instruments such as taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental concern, known to affect water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in ...


    By European Parliament

  • Wales first in UK to start legislation to ban free plastic bags

    Environment Minister Jane Davidson has asked Welsh Assembly Government officials to start work on legislation to put an end to the use of free one-trip plastic bags in Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government is the first UK administration is to start work for possible regulation under the provisions of the Climate Change Act to ban plastic bags. Ms Davidson said: “I have always stated that I do not ...

  • MEPs clamp down on wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    EU countries will be required to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic bags drastically under new rules voted by Parliament on Tuesday ""This legislation will create a genuine win-win situation"” said Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK), who is steering the legislation ...


    By European Parliament

  • Holistic approach needed to reduce consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags

    Reducing plastic carrier bag consumption in different EU Member States requires different approaches and combinations of measures, according to a new study. The authors studied consumption and littering levels across Europe in relation to national plastic bag consumption reduction policy options, and found that there is not one specific solution for both of these factors, nor a single solution ...

  • Synthetic and Bio-Based Biodegradable Plastics Market is Expected to Reach USD 7.8 Billion Globally in 2018

    According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Synthetic and Bio-Based Biodegradable Plastics - Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Applications, Share, Growth and Forecast, 2011 - 2018", global synthetic and bio-based biodegradable plastics market was worth USD 2.3 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 7.8 billion in 2018, growing ...


  • Plants: a source of `green` plastics?

    Most plastics are derived from fossil fuels, but new research suggests that soon it may be possible to 'grow' plastics. With around 100 million tonnes of plastics used each year worldwide, finding a renewable and biodegradable source of plastics could help reduce both carbon emissions and landfill waste. Plants have been used to produce plastics for some time, with plastics made from plant ...

  • Paper bottle to solve the plastic problem

    A new biodegradable paper bottle could end the use of plastic bottles as packaging. The GreenBottle is 90.7 per cent made from recycled paper, which is usually ex-office waste and its carbon footprint is 48 per cent lower than the commonly-used plastic HDPE equivalent. Currently being sold as milk bottle packaging in ASDA stores in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and ...

  • Seattle City Council Bans Greenwashing Of Noncompostable Bags

    The Seattle City Council today voted unanimously to make Seattle the first place in the nation to ban the use of misleading green- and brown-tinted non-compostable plastic bags. The lawmakers also moved to prohibit the use of false “eco” labeling on non-compostable bags, and to make permanent Seattle’s five-cent charge for recyclable paper shopping bags. ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Oxo-degradable plastics may not be as `green` as producers claim

    Degradable plastics may not be as environmentally friendly as producers believe, finds research by Loughborough University backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Producers of oxo-degradable plastics regularly tout it as being a solution to the plastic bag litter problem, claiming the plastic is 100% degradable or biodegradable. But Defra’s report asserts that because it ...

  • Plants will be a `green` source of plastics, predict scientists

    Scientists will be able to mass produce plant-based biodegradable plastic that completely degrade in landfill, new research suggests. Plants have been used to produce plastics for some time, with plastics made from plant starches and soy protein. However, scientists have recently genetically modified a plant, Arabidoposis thaliana, so that it produces an organic plastic that is similar to ...

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