Microplastic and nanoplastic particles can now be observed in human organs thanks to a new technique. Microplastics have polluted the entire planet, yet their potential impact on human health is not well-known. Researchers have recently identified chemical traces of plastic in human tissue. The analytical method developed allows to identify dozens of types of plastic, […]
Back in 2018, the EU reached an agreement to ban certain types of single-use plastic products with the Single-Use Plastic Directive. The Directive, which will enter into force in 2021, bans single-use plastic items such as cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws and so-called expanded polystyrene food containers. The draft guidelines that will steer the implementation […]
Pepsi and Coca-Cola have not publicly committed to reducing this by 2025, or to invest in reusables or refillables as part of this reduction, Tearfund said in its analysis. Read more here
Banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia. The amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people is approximately 2,500 tons of plastic waste per day. Supermarkets in Vietnam recently decided to make use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative for fruits and vegetables. Read […]
On July 10, the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee voted to strengthen the Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. MEPs called for a number of measures that go beyond the Commission’s original proposals, including a ban on microplastics in some products by 2020. Read more here.
Secondo gli studi del centro Enea, oltre l’80% dei rifiuti che invadono i litorali italiani è rappresentato da plastiche, che finiscono poi in mare dove nel corso degli anni diventano «microplastiche». Queste particelle quasi invisibili ad occhio nudo vengono ingerite dai pesci e ce le ritroviamo nella catena alimentare, ovvero nel piatto. Leggi il reportage […]
One of the main advantages of plastic packaging is that it keeps food fresher for longer, reducing food waste. But a new study by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe published on 10 April has revealed that plastic food packaging has not tackled Europe’s food waste problem and may be actually fuelling it. Read […]
A UK startup making water containers from seaweed is one of many businesses thinking of food-based answers to the global problem of plastic. Can they catch on? Read the full article on The Guardian here.
The chemical BPA is widely added to food and drink packaging, and more than 80% of teenagers have it in their bodies. But how dangerous is it? Read the full article on The Guardian here.