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

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 […]

NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ

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

California Bans Plastic Straws in Restaurants, But Exempts Fast Food

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

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

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

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 […]

Not all “biodegradable” plastics are created equal – know what the labels mean

Not all “biodegradable” plastics are created equal – know what the labels mean By Dr Ross Headifen, supporter and educator in issues concerning the proliferation of plastic waste and how to reduce it. When 5 billion shopping bags are used in Australia each year with only 3% being recycled and 75% going to landfill, the […]

Plastic Straws Being Banned Around the World

Source: here But the tide against the straw is now changing: Seattle, in the US, wants only biodegradable straws in the city’s restaurants beginning in July, and Glasgow in Scotland has banned plastic straws in council buildings. The UK government has signalled plans for a potential ban, and the EU wants single-use plastic straws banned from all […]

Biogone products at Moses and Co, Market Wholefoods

Great to see BioGone products on display at Moses and Co. Market Wholefoods in South Melbourne market. responsible products of landfill-biodegradable kitchen waste bags and dog waste bags. Contact Details: 322 Coventry St, Shop26, South Melbourne Market SOUTH MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3205. Tel :03 96906093

Plastic waste: killer of the seas

When researchers examined the stomach contents of 13 sperm whales that washed up on Germany’s North Sea coast this year, they discovered further compelling evidence of how plastic waste plays havoc with the environment both on land and at sea. The guts of the stranded giants were stuffed with plastic. According to the experts, the […]

A greener plastic bag… or nappy?

By Chris Doyle Last updated: 8th July 2015 Pick any product off a supermarket shelf and there’s a good chance it’s either made from plastic or packaged with it in one form or another. Not surprisingly, all this plastic adds up. Australians send more than a million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill every year, […]

The big green furphy: experts bust degradable plastic bag myth

Next time you accept a degradable plastic bag at the supermarket, think again – you may be doing little to help the environment and adding dangerous microplastics to rivers and oceans, experts say. The warning has prompted a Senate committee to call for a public awareness campaign to explain the differences between degradable, biodegradable, compostable […]