environment
Manky Toothbrushes Join the Terracycle Postal Recycling Push

Toothbrushes! They're big lumps of plastic too, aren't they? That's what Colgate has suddenly realised, and before everyone gets angry with it for not recycling toothbrushes and letting toothbrushes clog up the landfills for millennia it has... started recycling toothbrushes. Read More >>

science
The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up. Read More >>

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Scientists Say They’ve Found Microplastics in People’s Poo, But Don’t Worry Just Yet

The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics – the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into – everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food and beer. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that microplastics can end up in our poop. But it’s still unclear just how seriously we should take this discovery. Read More >>

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You Might Soon Have to Get Straws from a Pharmacy

Britain's Gurner-In-Chief Michael Gove has announced that plastic items including cotton buds, straws and stirrers may be banned in England (only) within a year. Read More >>

environment
John Lewis Tests a Complicated Subscription Cup-Washing Service

This is such a weird and complicated modern thing that we've had to pause the music so we can concentrate on it properly, but, we think, the gist of it is that John Lewis staff will soon be able to use a service that lets them collect freshly washed reusable coffee cups. Oh no, we've made a terrible mistake in thinking this sounded interesting. Read More >>

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Brave Eco-Warriors Asked to Stop Posting Empty Crisp Packets to Walkers

There's a mass campaign going on out there right now where anti-plastic campaigners send their empty crisp packets back to Walkers using the crisp maker's own freepost address, which is all very clever and raises all the modern issues about non-recyclable plastic – but spare a thought for the poor old posties having to sort them. Read More >>

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Iceland Decides Bananas Are Protected Enough Already

Supermarket chain Iceland is drip-feeding us another bit of good news about the War on Plastic, as it's announced that it's going to stop the largely pointless activity that is putting bunches of bananas in plastic bags to sell. It's putting a bit of cardboard around them instead, a bit of cardboard that says "BANANAS" on it for the benefit of people who can't identify them. Read More >>

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Huge, Maybe Ineffective Pollution Scooper Launches Towards Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Dutch nonprofit Ocean Cleanup deployed a 2,000-foot-long, $20 million (about £15.4 million) unmanned boom designed to gather some of the Pacific Ocean’s massive amounts of plastic garbage on Saturday. But it’s not clear the plan will work, the New York Times wrote. Read More >>

plastic
Plastic Bags Might Soon Cost You Twice As Much

We've still not got over the scandal of having to pay 5p for a carrier bag, but prepare to be doubly annoyed soon: a new report says that the price of a plastic carrier bag is set to rise to 10p. Ten whole pence. Read More >>

food
Will Smith Pulls a Shift in Boots to Sell His Kid’s Bottled Water Brand

Will Smith has taken on a small part-time role in a branch of Boots, where he used his star power to help sell a brand of bottled water. A new bottled water that's being pushed by his son, Jaden, as being better than all the other waters. Read More >>

food
Morrisons Will Let You Reverse-Vend Your Way to Riches

The thrilling opportunity to use a reverse-vend machine and see your plastic bottles magically sucked away is coming to Morrisons, with the supermarket launching a trial of the bottle-eating machines in a handful of branches. Read More >>

environment
Hope You Remembered to Stock up on Microbeads

If you have come to rely on the soothing, massaging sensation that is scrubbing yourself with microbead-containing beauty products, today is a sad day – products containing them are now banned from sale in the UK. Read More >>

plastic
A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

The first paper straw factory in the “last several decades” in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already preparing their own plans to phase out plastic in favour of paper. Read More >>

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Tonnes of Our Carefully Collected Plastic Recycling is Burned or Buried in Vietnam

That yogurt pot you carefully scrutinised to see if it was recyclable or not? Could well be on fire in Vietnam right now, or being rolled into the ground in a landfill in Malaysia, because we don't have the capacity to recycle all of our plastic waste; so much of it is dumped overseas instead where... corners may be cut. Read More >>