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Plastic bags that biodegrade to nothing?

A British company which makes what are called “Oxo-biodegradable” bags says they break down in the environment “like a leaf, only quicker”, and the technology is being widely used across Africa and the Middle East….

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A plastic bag ‘that biodegrades like a leaf’?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is estimated that 500 billion plastic bags are made globally every year Plastic bags that biodegrade to nothing. It sounds like one solution to the problems of plastic…




Plastic garbage patch: Medical tests ‘inspired me to investigate’

Image copyright Emily Penn Image caption Emily Penn is concerned about the effects of plastic on human health Experienced sailor Emily Penn has set out with an all-female crew to investigate the world’s largest accumulation…


McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws

Image copyright PA Image caption Paper straws will replace the plastic ones McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September. The fast food giant is…


Chepstow celebrates ‘plastic-free’ status with plastic banner

Image copyright Plastic-free Chepstow Image caption The plastic ‘plastic-free Chepstow’ banner unfurled on the town archway. A town has celebrated becoming “plastic-free” – by unveiling a giant plastic banner. The flag sits pride of place…


Plastic and cotton found in UK’s wild mussels

Fragments of plastic and cotton have been found in wild mussels across the UK, scientists say. The University of Hull and Brunel University London took samples from eight coastal locations and eight supermarkets and all…


Plastic and other waste found in British mussels

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers have found tiny pieces of plastic in all the samples of mussels they tested in British seawaters and bought from local supermarkets. The scientists, from the University of Hull and…


Plastic is children’s word of the year

Image copyright Getty Creative “Plastic” has been declared children’s word of the year after analysis of the stories submitted by five to 13-year-olds in a writing competition. Oxford University Press examined the words used in…


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