Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's imports of solid waste slumped further in the first 10 months of 2018 as the government stepped up enforcement on a ban on solid waste imports. Imports of plastic, paper and metal waste totaled 17.27 million tonnes in the January-October period, down 51.5 percent from the same period last year, according to the General Administration of Customs. In October alone, solid waste imports were 1.64 million tonnes. The country began importing solid waste as a source of raw materials in the 1980s and for years has been the world's largest importer, despite its weak capacity in garbage disposal. Some companies illegally bring foreign waste into the country for profit, posing a threat to the environment and public health. Given rising public awareness and China's green development drive, the government last year decided to phase out and halt such imports by the end of 2019, except for those containing resources that are not substitutable. … [Read more...] about China’s solid waste imports continue to slump on tightened ban
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Brianne West is in her laboratory creating new beauty bars which she hopes will add to her goal of washing the world of plastic cosmetic bottles. Winner of the Women of Influence Business Enterprise Award, the 32-year-old scientist and beauty entrepeneur started her brand, Ethique, in her kitchen seven years ago when she made four shampoo bars and one conditioner bar. Around the globe, we throw out about 80 billion shampoo and conditioner bottles a year - a statistic that alarmed the Christchurch-based young entrepeneur enough to crowdfund and raise $1 million to launch Ethique. READ MORE:2019 Women of Influence Supreme winner medical pioneer Jane Harding Wellington hair salons work on a new style of business cutting plastic for the planetBeauty bar boss' billion-dollar dream and feelings of 'imposter syndrome'Beauty bars stop over 3 million plastic bottles entering landfill The zero waste champion can afford to be pleased: a year ago, West achieved one of her key goals to … [Read more...] about Sustainability “just makes good business sense” – how two women are making a difference
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