Thailand bans the import of e-waste

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Over the course of the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics also called e-waste. E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals such as gold, silver and copper. The devices can also contain hazardous and polluting chemicals however, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. The announcement was made official by the country’s Environment Ministry as Thailand has been struggling to deal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory to open in decades is rising in Wales to meet the consumer need. Transcend Packaging, the owner and operator of the new plant, has already reached out to 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, as well as other restaurants, to provide them with more environmentally friendly straws. “We spotted a huge opportunity, and we went for it,” Transcend sales and marketing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BP’s chief economist predicts plastic bans will slash oil demand

Oil giant BP has predicted that increased regulation on plastic pollution around the world will result in decreased demand for petroleum, the key ingredient in most plastic. “We think we’re going to see increasing regulation against some types of petrochemical products, particularly single-use plastics,” BP’s Chief Economist Spencer Dale told Bloomberg. “As a result of that, we have less growth in non-combusted oils than we otherwise would have done.” While petrochemicals is predicted… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Italy bans the use of animals in circuses

Animal rights activists just won a huge victory in Italy. Animals soon won’t be appearing in circus acts in the country, after the Italian Parliament signed legislation this month to ban animals in traveling shows and circuses. It’s a big move, as there are an estimated 100 circuses with 2,000 animals in Italy.

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BREAKING: Scotland bans fracking indefinitely

Go, Scotland! After hearing an overwhelming response from the public on the process of fracking, the country’s government put an “effective ban” on the controversial technique. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, told MSPs that the practice “cannot and will not take place in Scotland.” Wheelhouse said there is little economic justification for fracking, and that the ban would deeply cut Scotland’s climate emissions.

Over 65,000 people showed up to the public consultation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

FDA bans antibacterial soaps, saying they do more harm than good

The <a href=”http://inhabitat.com/?s=fda”>FDA</a> announced a ban on <a href=”http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/fda-bans-antibacterial-soaps-no-scientific-evidence-theyre-safe-effective/”>antibacterial soaps</a> after finding that it is no safer – and can be worse – than regular old soap. A number of ingredients typically found in <a href=”http://inhabitat.com/?s=antibacterial”>antibacterial</a> soaps (like triclosan) will be removed from shelves within… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

FDA bans antibacterial soaps after finding them no more effective than regular soap

Today the FDA announced it will be calling for several antibacterial soaps to be pulled from the shelves after research failed to show they were any safer or more effective than regular old soap. A number of ingredients typically found in antibacterial soaps, including triclosan, are now banned. Manufacturers have one year to reformulate their products or they will be removed from shelves.

In 2013 the FDA first proposed a ban and requested soap manufacturers do their best to convince… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building