Indonesia accepts plastic bottles in exchange for free bus rides

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Plastic waste is a huge problem in Indonesia, and this has led to the country’s second-largest city coming up with a novel approach to encourage residents to recycle — free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles and cups.

The city of Surabaya launched their new scheme back in April, and commuters can ride city buses by either dropping off the plastic bottles and cups at terminals or using the plastic items to pay their fare directly.

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Jamaica will ban plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam by 2019

Jamaica has become the latest country to introduce a ban on single-use plastics. In order to reduce pollution and the impact of plastic on the environment, the Caribbean nation will ban single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and Styrofoam beginning on January 1st next year.

Daryl Vaz, the minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, encourages consumers to use reusable carrier bags from local enterprises instead.

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LEGO reintroduces Vestas wind turbine set, now made with plant-based plastic

Lego Group just released a new LEGO Creator Expert set that focuses on sustainable energy. The company announced its Vestas Wind Turbine creation at New York Climate Week in hopes to encourage creativity while spreading the word about renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Lego collaborated with Vestas to make the new wind turbine structure. Not only does the set represent renewable energy, but the plastic pieces are made from recycled plants. This is the first time Lego has issued a set made… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California implements plastic straw ban at dine-in restaurants

A monumental week of reforms forged by California lawmakers saw no signs of slowing by Thursday when groundbreaking legislation was brought into effect by Governor Jerry Brown. The statesman, who has chastised the overuse of single use plastics on several occasions in the past, proudly signed a bill banning restaurants from distributing plastic straws with their customers’ beverages. While diners will still be given a straw if they specifically ask for one, the small hurdle could make leaps in curtailing… 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

Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is best for the future?

The days where plastic straw wrappers litter the counter tops of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food joins are nearing their end. With several governments like Australia and the United Kingdom banning and taxing single-use plastic items and companies like Starbucks, Disney and Hyatt taking their own environmental stand by rejecting any further distribution of plastic straws, sustainable and reusable varieties of the pipettes have been popping up all over the marketplace.

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

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.

Related: UK bag tariff halves plastic bag marine litter, reduces sales of plastic bags by 86%

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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.

Related: Coca-Cola rewards recycling in the UK with half-priced theme park tickets

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