Articles of interest
The environmental and economic costs of single-use plastic products
A pioneer study was carried out via Zero Waste Europe and Rezero to investigate and analyse the environmental impact and economic costs of single-use menstrual products, baby nappies and wet wipes across Europe. The report shines a light on the fact that single-use products such as disposable nappies and wet wipes are being heavily used and promoted in the European market on an ongoing basis, despite not being designed to be reused, composted, or recycled efficiently. This report hones in on one of the main objectives of the EU 2020 Strategy, which aims to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive management of resources.
Reusable Nappies in the Climate Change Debate
During the Climate Change Debate on Channel 4, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price references reusable nappies, which reflects growing cross-party recognition of the impact of disposable nappies on waste streams and plastic contamination and the desire to promote the benefits of reusable nappies. Check out the video on the right >
During the Climate Change Debate on Channel 4, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price references reusable nappies, which reflects growing cross-party recognition of the impact of disposable nappies on waste streams and plastic contamination and the desire to promote the benefits of reusable nappies. See video below
House of Commons Roundtable Event
The House of Commons roundtable, attended by a cross-party group of MPs, civil servants, NHS midwives and mums, met to discuss the Nappies (Environmental Standards) Bill launched by David Linden MP which aims to reduce single-use plastics in disposable nappies and cut costs for local government and young families.
Plastic: Disposable Single Use v Cloth Nappies
Whilst many folks focus entirely on the waste issue of single use plastic, it is the over consumption of finite resources that is the actual issue. Waste is simply the by-product of this over consumption. Consumers are now starting to switch on more and more to the issue of plastic waste, however many are still looking for excuses not…
Real nappies Bill launched in Hackney
The Bill is being brought forward by David Linden MP and is supported by local MP Meg Hillier, and alongside a system wide change in nappy manufacture the Bill contains an incentive for local authorities across the UK to provide reusable nappy vouchers and more information for parents.
Debunking the compostable myth
In the wake of the Blue Planet Effect, the world is on a plastic detox. From for plastic-free supermarkets to the world’s first plastic-free aisle, the war on plastics is on. UK businesses are also jumping on the bandwagon, with more than 40 companies recently signing the new Plastics Pact to eliminate single-use packaging.
“Biodegradable” Plastics: A Myth of Marketing?
When compared to their petroleum based counterparts, bioplastics can be biodegradable, sustainable, more environmentally friendly (lower greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel usage) and/or should be a renewable option to plastic product production. Despite certain limitations, bioplastics remain a front runner…
What you need to know about plant-based plastics
More than eighteen trillion pounds of plastic have been produced to date, and eighteen billion pounds of plastic flows into the ocean every year. It ensnares the marine animals we cherish and the fish we put on our plates, it appears in the table salt we use, and it’s even found in our own bodies.
The Myths of Biodegradable Waste
Oh yes, “biodegradable waste” is a huge fallacy for most homes. And although it seems like everything is marked “biodegradable” anymore, even styrofoam derived from corn, we’re far from being in the clear by opting for it over other options.
Biodegradable plastic 'false solution' for ocean waste problem
Greener plastics that breakdown in the environment have been marketed as a sustainable alternative that could reduce the vast amount of plastic waste that ends up in the sea after being dumped. But Jacqueline McGlade, chief scientist at the UN Environment Programme, told the Guardian that these biodegradable…