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A new bacteria-killing material could help fight hospital superbugs
Plastic often harbours germs. UK scientists have found a way for it to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi - even very resistant ones.
Forever chemicals could contribute to obesity, research reveals
Obesity is not only caused by diet and lack of exercise - forever chemicals may also play a part, Danish research shows.
Do plastic bag bans really help prevent pollution?
Single-use plastic bags clog up our rivers and seas. Banning them helps change that.
Plastic wet wipes could soon be banned in the UK
More than 90 per cent of the material in sewer blockages across the UK is made up of plastic wipes, according to a recent report.
Seabirds eating plastic are developing ‘plasticosis’.
Every day, around 8 million pieces of plastic spew into the world’s oceans. Much of it ends up in the guts of seabirds. Now, they're developing a disease.
Robo-shark: Plastic waste has a new enemy
'It's our dream to deploy these things around the world to clean up while we're asleep and hopefully make an impact on our environment.'
Why is the UK stalling on plans for a bottle deposit scheme?
Deposit schemes have led to high rates of return in countries across Europe but in the UK they have caused division between England and Scotland.
Meet the South African team empowering underprivileged children to become Ocean Warriors
Parley Oceans School is a 16-week afterschool programme teaches underprivileged youths theoretical knowledge about the ocean and conducts a unique swimming course that incorporates mindfulness.
EU dumps 37 million ‘junk plastic’ clothing items in Kenya every year
The clothing is too dirty or damaged to be reused and immediately becomes plastic waste.
See why trash for breakfast is so damaging for Spain's storks
Madrid's landfill sites are a fatal pit stop for some white storks, which nest in the city rather than migrating to Africa.
Watch as ballet dancers twirl amid ‘celestial’ plastic waste set
Japan's K-Ballet troupe is highlighting the plastic waste problem in its latest performance.
This device captures microplastic pollution from car tyres
Meet the award-winning startup that created a device which collects harmful microplastics released from your car tyres.
Bacteria eat some of the ocean’s ‘missing plastic’
When plastic enters the ocean, sunlight degrades it into “bite sized chunks”. Then bacteria eat some of it, researchers believe.
French authorities hunt for source of 'nightmare' plastic pellet spill
Hundreds of thousands of tiny white plastic beads have washed up across beaches in France and Spain.
This new grocery store is stocked entirely with plastic bags
Humans have swamped the world’s waterways and oceans with damaging plastic debris. This unique store seeks to highlight the problem.
Watch this artist make political portraits from a mountain of plastic
Congolese artist Patrick Cikuru Cirimwami is using plastic waste to create shame portraits of politicians ‘responsible for the destruction of the environment’.
Solar-powered carbon capture breakthrough could ‘cut fossil fuels out’
New solar-powered technology can transform CO2 and plastic waste into sustainable fuels and cosmetics.
French food giant Danone faces legal action over its use of plastic
French food giant Danone is facing legal action from NGOs trying to force it to reduce its use of plastic saying the company has a duty of care that it’s not respecting. However, the conglomerate says it’s recognised as a pioneer in the management of environmental risks
What items will be included in England’s single-use plastic ban?
Similar single-use plastic bans are already in place in Scotland and Wales.
What are nurdles and how are they devastating the environment?
In the EU, 23 billion plastic nurdles enter our environment every day.