Plastic Pollution

‘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…

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…

Are tea-bags undoing your food waste efforts?

What’s Going On Here? Microplastics are making their way from our food bins and into our food chain. These non-biodegradable fragments have been found in organic fertilisers applied to farmland. Could a simple cuppa be to blame? What Does This Mean? If we dispose of food waste, it goes to landfill (definitely not cool). But if we recycle it in food waste bins, it is…

Lego Going Green…ish!

What’s Going On Here? LEGO are swapping oil-base plastic for a plant-based alternative in SOME of their products. The Danish childhood-memory-maker and part-time toymaker announced the move on Thursday. Production has started and the products will be on sale later this year. What Does This Mean? Companies are feeling the pressure to change their production methods. And in the case of LEGO this…