Boris Johnson calls Cornish ocean cleaning couple 'an inspiration'

Steve Green and Monika Hertlová have been honoured for their selfless work helping the environment.

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SC Johnson's support of Plastic Bank helps reduce ocean pollution

With funding from SC Johnson, Plastic Bank has established more than 250 collection points in Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines.
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Why better bioplastics can’t end the plastic crisis

Plastic products made from corn, wheat stubble, and other plants could soon become more common on Canadian farms and supermarket shelves.
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Microwaves could be the future for plastic recycling

A Quebec-based engineer is using microwave technology to recycle plastic waste. Could his approach help cut down on the production of new plastic?
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Could plastic roads make for a smoother ride?

From lower carbon emissions to fewer potholes, there are a number of benefits to building a layer of plastic into roads.
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Plastic pollution is a huge problem—and it’s not too late to fix it

Correcting our plastic waste problem requires a fundamental change in thinking about how plastics are made, used, and discarded, two new studies say.
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'The idea is that art can help': how Art Basel Miami tackled the climate crisis

Away from the $120,000 banana, artists have been using their work to comment on and bring awareness to the climate emergency.

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Whose fault is plastic waste in the ocean?

Rich countries with good recycling infrastructure hold Southeast Asia responsible for plastic waste polluting the sea. A fact-check shows that's not fair.
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Plastic has a big carbon footprint — but that isn't the whole story

Largely overlooked is how making plastic affects the environment. Plastic is a big contributor to global warming. So are its alternatives.

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'The odour of burning wakes us': Inside the Philippines' Plastic City

In Valenzuela City, residents blame recycling plants for pungent smells and respiratory illnesses.

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Amid plastic deluge, Southeast Asia refuses Western waste

After a Chinese ban, a rise in plastic trash exports to Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines causes a political stink.
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Bioplastics could solve a major pollution problem

Advanced solvents and enzymes are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics.

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This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles

A pair of entrepreneurs with boat-building backgrounds have constructed a home in Nova Scotia using thousands of melted recycled plastic bottles.
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In Philippines’ bid to abandon plastic, incentives are needed, experts say

Reports show that the Philippines' "sachet economy" involves the use of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic packaging and shopping bags on a daily basis.

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