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Drinking straws made from rice that can be eaten after use

Drinking straws made from rice that can be eaten after use

These drinking straws are made of rice and can be eaten after use.

Compostable cups with lids and wrap made from wood

Compostable cups with lids and wrap made from wood

The New Plastics Economy The New Plastics Economy, an initiative by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, brings together key players including innovators and manufacturers, to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging. The basic idea is to turn plastic’s linear economy – use it […]

Indonesians have invented awesome eco-friendly biodegradable bags made from cassava

Indonesians have invented awesome eco-friendly biodegradable bags made from cassava

A company in Indonesia has created a plastic bag so eco-friendly you can eat it. It’s made out of cassava, the vegetable root which is a staple in the diets of many in Africa, Latin America and Asia, but which can also be used in […]

Reducing the plastic in our Christmas celebrations

Reducing the plastic in our Christmas celebrations

The Christmas Season is upon us again and our thoughts turn to the coming together of loved ones and the gifts we are planning to buy for family and friends. Unfortunately, plastic is often the main ingredient of these gifts, present in many toys and other products. […]

MICROPLASTICS

MICROPLASTICS

What are microplastics? Microplastics are very small plastic particles (<5mm) found in increasing amounts in all the world’s oceans and shorelines, even found in polar ice.  The major sources are: Tiny polyethylene granules used as ‘scrubbers’ or ‘exfolients’, found in facial cleansers, soaps and toothpaste […]

Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada’s top plastic polluters of plastic trash

Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada’s top plastic polluters of plastic trash

Much of the plastic trash cleaned up from Canadian shorelines by volunteers in September could be traced back to five companies: Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s, an audit of plastic polluters led by Greenpeace Canada has found. Greenpeace and other environmental […]

Edible plates made of wheat bran

Edible plates made of wheat bran

Polish company Biotrem produces disposable and edible tableware, made from wheat bran, a by-product of the grain milling process, so now you can have your cake and eat the plate too! Bran consists of the outer layers of cereal grain, such as wheat, rye, or oat. It […]

European Union to ban single-use plastics in bid to tackle pollution

European Union to ban single-use plastics in bid to tackle pollution

The European Parliament has voted for an extensive ban on single-use plastics in the European Union to stop pollution entering the world’s oceans.  Products including plastic plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds will all be eradicated from 2021 under the plans. The ban is intended to affect items […]

Salt Springers take action on single use plastics

Salt Springers take action on single use plastics

“Plastics, like diamonds, are forever” is a favourite phrase for Charles Moore who, in 1997, discovered the Pacific Trash Vortex, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  The ‘wake-up’ discovery led Capt. Moore to establish Algalita, one of the leading U.S. organizations doing research […]

Zero-waste packaging is made with cassava starch and bamboo

Zero-waste packaging is made with cassava starch and bamboo

This zero-waste packaging is made with cassava starch. Bamboo fibres make the product stronger and more rigid. The packaging and other products are 100% natural and biodegradable.