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Even paper bags will be banned from N.J. supermarkets

The bill, which would make the state the first to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets, would also ban single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants.
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Cleaning volunteers asked to record plastic PPE found on UK beaches

Volunteers in this year's Great British Beach Clean are being asked to record the personal protective equipment they find, to get a clearer picture of the volume of plastic masks and gloves discarded during the coronavirus pandemic and their impact on the environment.

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That mushroom motorcycle jacket will never go out of style

Leather goods made of fungi are versatile and sustainable, a new study finds.
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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics can't delay smokestack upgrades, says NH DES

"We are tired of continually being polluted with toxic PFAS chemicals. This is our town and we demand clean water. Enough is enough."

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Global oil demand may have passed peak, says BP energy report

BP has called time on the world's rising demand for fossil fuels after finding that demand for oil may have already reached its peak and faces an unprecedented decades-long decline.

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South Australia's ban on single-use plastic cutlery and straws hailed as 'historic'

South Australia has become the first Australian state to introduce laws banning some single-use plastics including cutlery, straws and stirrers.

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Oil companies accused of wanting to dump plastics in Africa

The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground.

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'War on plastic' could strand oil industry's £300bn investment

The war on plastic waste could scupper the oil industry's multi-billion dollar bet that the world will continue to need more fossil fuels to help make the petrochemicals used in plastics, according to a new report.

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The future’s not in plastics: Why plastics demand won’t rescue the oil sector

The oil and petrochemical industries are betting their future growth prospects on demand for plastics. But plastics demand is likely to peak as the world starts to transition from a linear plastic system to a circular one and governments act to hit climate targets.

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Editorial: Reducing bag use is not enough

As the oil industry plans a big increase in the manufacture of packaging, the need for international action on plastic waste has never been clearer.

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Price of single-use plastic bags in England to double to 10p

The government is to double the charge for single-use plastic carrier bags in England from 5p to 10p and end the exemption for smaller shops from April 2021, as it steps up efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

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Big oil is in trouble. Its plan: Flood Africa with plastic

Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya's rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.

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$100 million recycling plant planned for Erie

International Recycling Group, a New York City-based startup, plans to announce this week a $100 million investment to build what it describes as the world's largest plastics recycling facility in Erie.

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‘Silly product’: Thankyou stops producing bottled water, citing environmental damage

The social enterprise Thankyou has permanently stopped production of its founding product – bottled water – saying it could no longer justify the environmental harm caused by selling it in a developed country such as Australia.

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Microplastic particles now discoverable in human organs

A new technique has been developed that will enable scientists to find accumulated microplastics in people.

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