Pollution

Happy HallowGreen

What’s Going On Here? Recent research has estimated Halloween celebrations in the UK to generate more than 2,000 tonnes of plastic textile waste and 8 million pumpkins worth of food waste – news that really is truly terrifying. What Does This Mean? Hubbub worked with the charity, Fairyland Trust to survey 19 retailers of Halloween outfits to find that 83% of more than 300…

How do we get to Net Zero carbon emissions?

What’s Going On Here? The UK government has pledged to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. A new report prepared for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) helps us understand what we as a country and as individuals can do to meet the target. What Does This Mean? Net Zero will mean that greenhouse gas emissions being produced and removed from the atmosphere…

#PlasticFreePeriods

What’s Going On Here? Sanitary pads, tampons and applicators, which nearly all contain high levels of plastic, are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches. More widespread than single-use coffee cups, cutlery or straws. Let’s meet the movement tackling this issue and fighting for #PlasticFreePeriods, and saving people thousands of pounds in the process! What Does This Mean? Nearly all mainstream…

Clean Air Day 2019

What’s Going On Here? Thursday 20th June (Today!) marks the UK’s largest clean air campaign, Clean Air Day, co-ordinated by our friends over at Global Action Plan. The event highlights the significance of air quality on human health, but most importantly provides a platform to share ideas that will improve air quality and the health of ourselves and those around us. What Does…

Tyre-d of unsustainable tyres?

What’s Going On Here? This week Michelin, in collaboration with General Motors, have released the prototype for a new sustainable model of airless, puncture-proof tyre called “Uptis” (Unique Punctureproof Tire System). What Does This Mean? It is hoped that this new model (planned to be commercially available by 2024) will eliminate the possibility of blow-outs, punctures and wear and tear caused by over- and…

‘Biodegradable’ plastic bags not all they’re cracked up to be

What’s Going On Here? Scientists at the University of Plymouth have found biodegradable plastic bags aren’t as biodegradable as they’re supposed to be. The finding supports curious.earth concerns that ‘biodegradable’ labelling is misleading consumers and validating single use consumption. What Does This Mean? Biodegradable plastics can be broken down by living organisms… but as the study shows it may take a rather long time…

Evian unveils its first reusable water bottle

What’s Going On Here? Evian, the French bottled water giant has released designs for its first reusable water bottle. Part of their wider sustainability strategy to become a ‘truly’ circular, carbon neutral company by 2020. Striving for Carbon Neutrality Today, all Evian water bottles are 100% recyclable and contain a minimum 25% recycled plastic. The new limited edition bottle consists of a…

The Air Pollution Crisis: 18 Ways You Can Help

What’s the problem with Air Pollution? The problem is simple. Air pollution is causing the premature deaths over around 9,500 Londoners every year. A joint report by over 40 MPs has described the problem as a public health emergency. The World Health Organisation have described it as the “single biggest environmental health risk” In April, during a particularly severe episode of pollution, London’s air quality was worse…

Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Bottles, Created By Accident

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that can break down single-use plastic drinks bottles. The enzyme could help solve the world’s plastic pollution crisis and also slash the need to produce new plastic! What Does This Mean? PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a type of plastic that is commonly used to make single-use plastic bottles. It is estimated that it…