EU backs ban on plastic straws, balloon sticks | Bangkok Post: news

November 5th, 2018 by

BRUSSELS: EU countries on Wednesday backed the outlawing of certain single-use plastics, bringing the bloc a step closer to an outright ban on the products which account for huge quantities of waste in the world’s oceans. Source: EU backs ban on plastic straws, balloon sticks | Bangkok Post: news The approval by the 28 member […]

NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground – New Zealand

October 5th, 2018 by

Our plastic is becoming Malaysia’s problem – Nita Blake-Persen investigates what really happens to the waste we’re shipping overseas to be recycled. Source: NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ As night falls in Malaysia, plumes of toxic smoke begin to waft across the across the town of Jenjarom. Nearby residents wake to the smell […]

California Bans Plastic Straws in Restaurants, But Exempts Fast Food

September 24th, 2018 by

California bans restaurants from routinely handing out plastic straws, but exempts fast-food outlets. Source: California Bans Plastic Straws in Restaurants, But Exempts Fast Food | Fortune California, the nation’s most populous state, joins a growing list of places to ban single-use plastic straws that’s accelerated as compostable and biodegradable alternatives have emerged. Seattle implemented the […]

Meet the researchers designing the death of plastic – USA

August 12th, 2018 by

Source: Meet the researchers designing the death of plastic While still very much in the laboratory stage, even these scientists acknowledge that there are two big stumbling blocks here. What is the plastic going to break down to when it degrades so fast?  Do we want all these degradation materials blowing and flowing around the […]

The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There – USA

August 9th, 2018 by

The story of how plastic straws went from ubiquitous to utensil non grata is one of psychology, a well-timed turtle and the power of social media. There has also been minimal industry pushback. Source: The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There Great to see so many places replace the plastic straw.  There are […]

McDonald’s plan to ditch plastic straws by 2020 – Australia

July 20th, 2018 by

A familiar sight at your local Maccas is on the way out, with the fast food giant planning to roll out the change in 970 restaurants nationwide. Source: McDonald’s plan to ditch plastic straws by 2020 Australians will soon be slurping their McDonald’s thickshakes through paper straws after the company announced it would phase out […]