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Pollution: Spain to ban sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping from 2023

The sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping will be prohibited in Spain's supermarkets and grocery stores starting in 2023. This is one of the measures in a decree being drafted by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, according to sources familiar with the initiative.

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Paul Hawken's 'Regeneration' explains how you can support climate solutions

You may be sick of hearing over and over to recycle more or use a reusable bag. A new book called ‘Regeneration’ explains how you can support the changes that are truly needed.

Japan firms look to paper products to reduce plastic waste

A number of Japanese firms have recently turned to paper as a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic products, from water-resistant cardboard boxes to small hangers.

Sunlight can break plastic down into chemicals that dissolve in water

Researchers previously thought that sunlight would only ever break down plastics in the sea into microplastics – which then persist in the environment forever. But analysis of real-world bags produced by retailers showed that the effect of sunlight is often very different.


Limerick company redesigns bottle caps to reduce plastic pollution

Limerick-based ISHKA Irish Spring Water is on course to dramatically reduce plastic pollution through the use of tethered caps, becoming the first bottled water company in Ireland to do so.

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California aims to ban recycling symbols on things that aren’t recyclable

The well-known three-arrows symbol doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is actually recyclable. A new bill would limit the products allowed to feature the mark.

Goa's Sal River contaminated by microplastics; fish, shellfish laced with polymers

Water, sediments and biota in the Sal river—a major water body in South Goa—are contaminated with microplastics, the most common being black MPs which are caused by the abrasion of motor vehicle tyres on road surfaces, a study has revealed.

Maine will make companies pay for recycling. Here’s how it works.

The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”
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This election could decide how Canada fights plastic pollution. Here's where the parties stand

Climate change and COVID-19 aren't the only issues on the ballot this election: Plastic is driving a global pollution problem, and Canada's future efforts to end it are on the line.

Plastic pollution litters the Great Lakes. The problem is only getting worse

Broken down bits of bottle caps, wrappers, beach toys — as well non-consumer items like industrial resin “nurdle” pellets — have become a staple of Michigan shorelines.

Social cost of plastic made in 2019 is more than India’s GDP, says WWF report

Plastic made in 2019 will cost the environment and society about $3.7 trillion – or more than the gross domestic product of India – over its estimated lifetime, according to a new report by wildlife charity WWF.
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Plastic pollution in lakes provides a habitat for microscopic algae, research finds

Plastic pollution in freshwater lakes can become an established habitat for microscopic algae within just two weeks, according to new research.
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Queensland's ban on single-use plastics begins

Queensland businesses are now banned from selling or supplying some plastic and polystyrene products, as the state vows to tackle plastic pollution.


Plastic pollution kills Pacific sea species

From endangered freshwater dolphins drowned by discarded fishing nets to elephants scavenging through rubbish, migratory species are among the most vulnerable to plastic pollution, a United Nations report on the Asia-Pacific region says.

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