` Plastic Waste – GBRI
 

TerraCycle, the company that launched world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle for P&G, now plans to collect around 1000 tons of beach plastic waste globally for recycling purposes. The company has already collected 15 tons of beach plastic in Europe and plans to expand collection efforts to North America and Asia. Brett Stevens, Vice President of material […]

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Kenya is the latest African country to ban the manufacture and import of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging. This ban comes after the launch of ‘Clean Seas Initiative’ by the UN, which has already inspired 10 governments to address plastic pollution. In the words of Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu, “The ministry has […]

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The market for environment-friendly packaging is growing annually at a compound rate of around 7.7% as the consumers are becoming increasingly aware of sustainability. It also helps companies save money on material and transportation costs. As a result, all major brands have started using or investing in sustainable packaging technologies. Big names like P&G, Unilever, Dell […]

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A new report states that flame retardants used in plastics in a wide range of electronic products is extremely hazardous for children who are exposed to them. A 2015 study had found significant traces of two potentially hormone-altering brominated flame retardants in 43% of 21 children’s toys- including toy robots, hockey sticks and finger skateboards. These brominated […]

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Indonesia is responsible for dumping more plastic waste in the oceans than any other country, except China. It is also a country with the world’s highest levels of marine biodiversity- that is suffering seriously due to this plastic pollution. Therefore, the country has pledged up to $1 billion a year to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic […]

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Two of world’s largest bottled water companies- Danone and Nestle, have teamed up with a Californian start up Origin Materials to produce PET bottles that are 100% bio-based. This sustainable alliance has been named NaturALL Bottle Alliance and aims to develop a process for 95% bio-based content as soon as 2020. The ultimate objective is 100%. Klaus […]

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Famous grocery chain Kroger has taken a step towards sustainability by reducing the amount of plastic needed to make lightweight jugs by 10%. The new jugs now weigh 56 grams, which is 6 grams less than their previous weight of 62 grams. That amounts to 81,500 pounds of plastic that won’t go into landfills or need to […]

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Global food and beverage giant Pepsico has teamed up with biotechnology leader Danimer Scientific to produce biodegradable film resins to meet Pepsico’s sustainable flexible packaging requirements. The agreement builds on a long-standing relationship that has included the development of bio-based compostable packaging for PepsiCo’s snack brands and will facilitate the expansion of Danimer Scientifics’ NodaxTM PHA plant. […]

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With their googly eyes and snail-like shape, two super cute solar and hydro-powered trash interceptors- Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel have been cleaning Baltimore’s harbors. The city’s success with these trash eaters might soon spread to other cities too. Over a million pounds of trash has been pulled out of the water by […]

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In a change of heart, drinks giant Coca Cola now says that it favors deposit and refund scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles and cans in the UK. Some earlier reports had suggested that the company was lobbying politicians against DRS, so this U-turn has definitely come as a pleasant surprise for environmentalists. The drinks giant says […]

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