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Food and beverage behemoth, PepsiCo shares its ambitions for creating more sustainable packaging and products.
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Millions of tonnes of plastic wind up in the ocean every year, killing plants and animals. That’s why companies around the world have developed novel devices to help reduce the ocean plastic problem.
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Plastic waste can now be found and monitored from space
Most of our data on plastic waste comes from models and estimates but this free public tool could soon change that.
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EU reveals plans for the ‘largest ever ban’ on toxic chemicals
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Meet the young pirates protecting the ocean from plastic pollution
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Thousands of plastic bottles litter beach following catastrophic flood
Cleanup operations were underway after deadly floods hit parts of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province at the beginning of last week.
Hong Kong's quarantine hotels are creating mountains of plastic waste
A zero-COVID policy means everything from remotes to pillows and food has to be wrapped in plastic.
You eat a credit card's worth of plastic every week, says a new study
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Microplastics discovered in human blood - should we be worried?
The miniscule particles have been found in 22 healthy blood donors.
'A great victory': Tearful UN members approve plastic pollution treaty
Plastic pollution is a planetary crisis on par with climate change and biodiversity loss.
Body parts illegally shipped to Sri Lanka are returned to the UK
Illegal waste dumping reaches new lows as UK has body parts returned from Sri Lanka.
Three in four people worldwide want single-use plastics to be banned
If the UN cannot agree on a deal to put the brakes on plastic pollution, there will be widespread ecological damage over coming decades.
How used COVID face masks could be helping to keep you connected
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Here are some of the inventive ways people are reusing COVID plastics
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Chemical pollution has now passed safe planetary limit, scientists say
The rate at which we are producing chemicals has now outstripped our ability to assess and monitor their risk to the environment.
A quarter of the soil on these Norwegian islands is plastic waste
A team of volunteers and researchers have unearthed 5.5 million litres of marine waste from the Trøndelag archipelago since 2017.
This famous Thai beach has reopened but tourists can't swim in the sea
The iconic beach was closed in 2018 due to overtourism and now has strict limits on numbers.
Vegan tattoos: How is the industry going green?
As the world struggles to cope with waste, the tattoo industry is steaming ahead by turning its back on single-use plastics and harmful toxins.
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What are nurdles and how are they devastating the environment?
In the EU, 23 billion plastic nurdles enter our environment every day.
Are microplastics making us resistant to antibiotics?
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