When a package from Amazon arrives at your doorstep, it’s hard not to be a little shocked by the amount of packaging involved in getting those extra-strength Odor Eaters and Doritos Jacked to your front door. While not having to face the store clerk with your purchases is important, as the world becomes increasingly aware of the plastic waste filling up our oceans, soil, mountains, rivers, and the very air we breathe, it’s hard to justify the carbon footprint of an Amazon shipment. advertisement Now, Amazon and Walmart are doing something about the amount of single-use packaging in their shipments—in one country, anyway, which is a start. Amazon India and Walmart’s Flipkart, which are two of the largest e-commerce businesses in India, have pledged to curb the amount of single-use plastic in their packaging in India. Last week, Flipkart, which Walmart purchased last year, announced that it had managed to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in each … [Read more...] about Amazon and Walmart pledge to curb single-use plastic packaging, but only in India
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BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) - A 23-year-old Briton has cooked up a compostable compound she hopes will one day replace much single-use plastic - and its main ingredient is byproducts of the fishing industry. Lucy Hughes created MarinaTex for her final year project in product design at the University of Sussex. It’s also edible and, she says, intended as an alternative to plastic typically used in bakery bags, sandwich packs and tissue boxes. Her project began as an investigation into ways of reducing fish waste, around 50 millions tonnes of which is produced globally each year, the United Nations estimates. “It was me trying to work out how I could use that waste stream and add value to that waste,” Hughes told Reuters. “When I felt the skins and the scales in my hands, I could see that there was potential locked up in it. It was so flexible, yet pliable and strong.” Her subsequent research won her this year’s international James Dyson … [Read more...] about Tipping the scales? Briton develops fish waste ‘plastic’
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries, among the world’s worst ocean polluters, need tougher regulations for plastic packaging to curb leakage, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A rubber duck toy is pictured in a vast carpet of plastic trash on a seashore on Freedom Island, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo Southeast Asia is a major contributor to land-based plastic waste leaking into the world’s oceans, with more than half of it coming from four nations - Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand - along with China, the top single polluter. Many countries in the region struggle with poor waste sorting and disposal systems, and their growth in population and explosive demand for consumer products mean more single-use plastic ends up in landfill or leaks into the environment. To battle the growing crisis, Southeast Asia, home to 641 million people across 10 countries, … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian countries need tougher plastic policies to curb pollution: U.N.
A tonne of waste has been found on a Dorset beach which was dumped in the ocean by fishermen. Environmentalists claim the rubbish, found at Worbarrow Bay in Dorset, included three 25-litre drums of used engine oil. Other items recovered at the British World Heritage Site were fishing and shipping nets, ropes and plastic drums - some of which had been washed up from as far away as the US and Canada. Scroll down for video Conservationist Steve Trewella and a small group of 12 volunteers filled a large tractor trailer with the waste in order to remove the 1,000 kg mess (pictured). He is now calling for tougher sanctions to prevent fishing boats from dumping broken equipment overboard into the sea Conservationist Steve Trewella and a small group of 12 volunteers filled a large tractor trailer with the waste in order to remove the 1,000 kg mess. Mr Trewhella is now calling for tougher sanctions to prevent fishing … [Read more...] about Volunteers collect ONE TONNE of plastic waste and three drums of engine oil from a picturesque tourist beach in just a day
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy participated in a clean-up drive undertaken at the RK Beach on Wednesday.“Single-use plastic is not only defacing the tourist destinations but also finding its way into the sea, resulting in pollution. It is also affecting the public health and putting marine species in danger,” he said.Stating that the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi four years ago was going in the right direction, the Minister felt more needed to be done to realise the goals. ‘Use cloth bags’ Mr. Kishan Reddy advised people to stop using single-use plastic and opt for cloth bags. “With a large number of foreign tourists visiting the country, it is important to keep the tourist destinations clean,” he added. NDRF, CISF and CRPF personnel and the official of Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) participated in the drive. Collector V. Vinay Chand gave details of the ‘Swachh … [Read more...] about ‘Plastic pollution taking a toll on marine biodiversity’