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Plastic pollution: Body Shop will buy 600 tons of waste plastic

Waste-pickers in some developing countries make a living by trading trash in an informal industry that can be dangerous and dirty, but The Body Shop is now working to source plastic from them — and wants other companies to join the initiative.
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Morrisons to remove plastic 'bags for life' and trial paper alternative

Supermarket says move follows evidence that reusable plastic bags are being thrown away after one use.

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Plastic Pollution

Use of plastic bags in England drops by 59% in a year

Shoppers' use of plastic carrier bags in England has continued to fall – by 59% in the last year alone – since the introduction of the 5p charge, according to recent figures.

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Coronavirus: Plastic waste surges as restaurants use more disposable packaging

The surge in single-use plastic is a major blow to the fight against plastic pollution, which is projected to increase by 40% in the next decade.
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Biodiversity

Timber from unsustainable logging allegedly being sold in EU as ethical

Laws to protect biodiversity in Ukrainian forests are failing to prevent environmentally unsustainable logging that is harming wildlife, and the resulting timber is being sold to EU consumers as ethical and sustainable, a green campaign group has alleged.

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Silly Billy: What the Ikea bookcase tells us about the true cost of fast furniture

A Billy bookcase is made every three seconds. But with a third of people admitting to throwing away furniture that they could have sold or donated, does the cheap furniture boom have a heavy environmental price?
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Water

UK's sewage system in danger of gridlock from toilet paper substitutes

Consumers have been warned of the dangers of substituting kitchen roll and wet wipes for toilet paper which – if flushed down the loo – could overwhelm the UK's sewers.

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Some worry if New York's coming plastic bag ban is enough

New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough.

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Climate

EU urged to adopt meat tax to tackle climate emergency

A "sustainability charge" on meat to cover its environmental damage could raise billions to help farmers and consumers produce and eat better food, according to a report.

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UK will spend £2.4bn on Christmas clothes that barely get worn – survey

When it comes to sparkly dresses and sequins, only 24% of survey respondents said they knew that most contain plastic.

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Climate

Ikea steps up drive to become carbon neutral with extra €200m

Ikea's parent company is to invest an additional €200m (£171m) in green energy and forest planting as part of a plan by the world's largest furniture retailer to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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Climate

Is carbon neutrality the silver bullet fashion has been hoping for?

The industry's carbon footprint is under increasing scrutiny, but critics argue that offsetting lessens guilt rather than reducing harm.

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Toxics

Tesco moves to cut out plastic from range of own-brand products

The UK's biggest supermarket chain is aiming to remove 1bn pieces of plastic by the end of next year from its own-label products.

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Scariest thing about Halloween is plastic waste, say charities

Equivalent of 83m plastic bottles in often throwaway outfits sold by leading retailers.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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