Plastic Waste – GBRI
 

As more people are becoming aware of the disastrous impact of plastic waste on the planet, the demand for sustainable, package-free products is on the rise. Sensing this, UK supermarket chain Waitrose launched an eleven-week trial – Waitrose Unpacked – under which the supermarket offers a wide range of products that are completely package-free. This […]

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In an important step towards tackling the ever increasing problem of plastic waste, Maine became the first state in the US to impose a ban on disposable cups and containers made from polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam. Under the bill, that will go into effect by 2021, restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other such places would […]

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Are ‘biodegradable’ plastic bags that claim to be oh-so-environment-friendly really effective in tackling the problem of plastic pollution? A new research reveals perhaps not. For the first time, a research was undertaken where compostable bags, two forms of biodegradable bag and conventional carrier bags were tested after long-term exposure to the sea, air and earth. None of […]

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McDonald’s, Taiwan announced last week that by June 2019, it is going to ban plastic straws from all of its outlets as a means to cut down on plastic waste. The fast food giant is currently promoting a campaign called “drink cold drinks directly”, under which it is encouraging customers to ditch the straws. The company will […]

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In an attempt to tackle the mounting global plastic waste problem, supermarket chain Aldi has committed that all of its packaging would be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Additionally, the company will also aim to reduce its packaging material by at least 15%. Because more than 90% of its product range is Aldi-exclusive, the retailer […]

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A dehydrated and extremely emaciated juvenile whale spotted in waters off the coast of the Philippines on Saturday morning died of starvation after consuming more than 88 pounds of plastic trash. The poor creature was vomiting blood shortly before it died. Darrell Blatchley, a marine mammal expert and the curator at the D’Bone Collector Museum in […]

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Just a little over a year after China closed its doors to plastic waste from western nations, India has also decided to put a ban on such imports in order to tackle the growing problem of plastic pollution. The country has also pledged to phase out all single-use plastics by 2020. India generates 26,000 tons […]

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