Global movement will call out consumer brands most responsible for plastic pollution

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The Story of Stuff Project is launching its global call to action in combatting plastic pollution worldwide. The ambitious initiative plans to identify the most pervasive polluter companies found in waste while simultaneously cleaning up costal and inland communities across the country. The plastic waste brand audit is the first of its kind and intends to underline responsibility and accountability at the very source of our world’s growing trash crisis.

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Danish brewer Carlsberg to swap plastic 6-pack rings for glue

The Danish beer company Carlsberg is doing its part in cutting down plastic waste. The brewing company just vowed to stop using plastic to hold its cans together, instead opting for glue. Once the new policy is in full swing, Carlsberg will save around 1,200 tons of plastic every year.

The chief executive of the company, Cees ‘t Hart explained how they experimented with some 40,000 variations before settling on the perfect glue. Hart described the glue as something similar in consistency to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kroger plans plastic bag phase-out by 2025

The Kroger supermarket conglomerate announced on Thursday that it is planning a phase-out of plastic bags at its nearly 2,800 locations as part of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment. The company owns an extensive list of retail centers throughout 35 U.S. states, including popular chains such as Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer and Ralphs.

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France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive

France has announced that it will intensify regulations on plastics use according to its Environmental Ministry. The movement includes making bottles manufactured using recycled plastic less expensive with the aim of deterring companies from introducing new plastics to the market. The government is also in the works of negotiating increased taxes on landfill while reducing those to value-added recycling activities.

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Dominica makes historic pledge to combat plastic pollution

Many countries enforcing harsher regulations on plastic production on use from special labeling to consumer taxation, but the island nation of Dominica is pulling ahead in the pack-ing race by announcing that it will ban styrofoam and common plastics by 2019. With less than five months left to go the heroic stand plans to eliminate the use of single-use items such as plastic straws, plates, forks and knives as well as styrofoam cups and containers effective this January.

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This floating park in Rotterdam is made from recycled plastic waste

Over 1,000 square feet of plastic ultimately destined for the ocean is getting a second lease on life in Rotterdam. On July 4, 2018, Recycled Park opened their first phase to the public: a floating park made entirely of recycled waste.

According to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, over 1,000 cubic meters of plastic is transported every year down the Meuse River and into the North Sea. The plastics come from landfills, agriculture, sewage and… 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 massive five-ton plastic waste whale breaches in a Bruges canal

Five tons of plastic waste has been pulled from the oceans and transformed into Bruges Whale, a gigantic sculpture that highlights the staggering amount of trash floating in our oceans. Designed by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang of the Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary practice Studio KCA, this massive environmental artwork was created for the Bruges Triennial 2018 with the theme of “Liquid City.” The Bruges Whale, also called the Skyscraper, was positioned to appear in mid-breach in a canal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Glowing labyrinth made from plastic waste pops up in Buenos Aires

Over 15,000 plastic bottles were temporarily given a new lease on life as a glowing labyrinth in Vatican Square, one of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated public spaces. Designed by environmental art collective Luzinterruptus, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth calls attention to staggering amount of waste generated everyday in a thought-provoking installation. Commissioned by the Department of Environmental and Public Areas of Buenos Aires City Government, Ciudad Verde, the immersive artwork was installed… 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