Environmental campaign floods UK Royal Mail with empty potato chip bags

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The UK postal service has implored its public to stop mailing empty potato chip bags addressed without an envelope after a surge in chip bag mailings was encountered by their courier offices. The mailings are spurred by the launch of an environmental campaign urging the most popular brand of British spuds, Walkers, to reevaluate its packaging. The producer, owned by PepsiCo, is being met with a petition signed by over 310,000 people and an online campaign that is sending unknown numbers of empty… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags

A popular supermarket chain in the UK is taking a step towards bettering the environment by putting a stop to plastic waste. Co-op just announced plans to use compostable carrier bags that double as biodegradable waste bags in all of its stores. The new bags will replace the old plastic carriers, which were only single-use and non-biodegradable.

Co-op is introducing the eco-friendly bags over the next few weeks. Stores in England, Wales and Scotland will receive the bags first, followed by outlets… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state.

After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, instead charging… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A company in Ghana is turning plastic bags into roads

Only two percent of plastic trash in Ghana is recycled, according to a video from the World Economic Forum. One local industrial processing company, Nelplast Ghana Limited, is hoping to change that statistic. They’re recycling plastic bags into pavement blocks. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kenya introduces world’s harshest law on plastic bags

Kenya has been a major plastic bag exporter to the nearby region. But now the country is cracking down on the polluting bags with the toughest law of its kind in the world. Kenyans selling, producing, or just using plastic bags could face a $40,000 fine or imprisonment for four years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dissolvable bioplastic bags from Bali are safe enough to drink

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These bioplastic bags, made from cassava root, dissolve in water and break down into carbon dioxide and water without any toxic residue. Bali-based social enterprise Avani makes biodegradable, compostable and recyclable bags that are safe enough to drink.

Many products out there claim to be eco-friendly but are actually harmful to the environment. Biodegradable bags sound great, but can often leave toxic residues that makes them harmful to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California officially becomes the first state to ban plastic bags

 

If you’re looking to make environmental lemonade out of the giant lemon that was this week’s presidential election, you can look toward California where citizens have voted in favor of a law that will ban plastic shopping bags throughout the state. The measure makes the state the first in the union to ban the bag.

According to Ballotpedia, the California Plastic Bag Veto Referendum (Proposition 67) was approved by voters on Nov. 8 approved by a narrow margin of 51.97% in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Take a first look at Timberland’s new boots and bags made out of recycled plastic

 

Timberland just revealed a line of footwear and bags made out of recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are collected on the streets of Haiti and Honduras and turned into iconic accessories, providing jobs for 3,600 bottle collectors and employees in the developing world. Click on to get a first look at the line:

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