Marine Litter

19th June 2018
“World Leading” Microbeads Ban Comes Into Force

“World Leading” Microbeads Ban Comes Into Force

A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads has come into force today (19 June) as part of the Government’s “world-leading” efforts to prevent these harmful pieces of plastic entering the marine environment. From today, retailers across England and … Continue reading

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18th June 2018
Government Launches £20m Plastics Research & Innovation Fund

Government Launches £20m Plastics Research & Innovation Fund

A new £20m fund that aims to explore new ideas and innovations that can bring changes in the UK’s plastics manufacturing and consumption patterns is announced today (18 June) by Science Minister, Sam Gyimah. The Plastics and Research Innovation Fund … Continue reading

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18th June 2018
McDonald’s Straw Ban “Must Go Further”, Says Consumer Group

McDonald’s Straw Ban “Must Go Further”, Says Consumer Group

Following the announcement that McDonald’s will start phasing out plastic straws from some of its outlets, consumer watchdog, SumOfUs, urges the chain to “go further” and ban plastic straws in all their outlets worldwide, to tackle the growing crisis of … Continue reading

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30th May 2018
New EU Rules Target Top 10 Single-Use Plastics Found On Beaches

New EU Rules Target Top 10 Single-Use Plastics Found On Beaches

The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items, … Continue reading

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9th May 2018
Government Pledges £200,000 For Microplastics Research

Government Pledges £200,000 For Microplastics Research

The Government has pledged £200,000 to the University of Plymouth to research how sources of microplastics enter the UK’s oceans. A new research project analysing the impact of tyres and clothing on the marine environment has been launched today by the … Continue reading

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26th April 2018
“World-Leading” UK Plastics Pact To Tackle Plastic Pollution

“World-Leading” UK Plastics Pact To Tackle Plastic Pollution

“Unnecessary” single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the … Continue reading

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20th April 2018
1 In 10 Say Not Recycling Should Be “Criminal Offence”

1 In 10 Say Not Recycling Should Be “Criminal Offence”

Confusion around what plastic packaging can and can’t be recycled is impacting our efforts as a nation to “go green”, despite the appetite for change. That’s according to new research published today (20 April) by Ecover. Among its findings, the … Continue reading

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19th April 2018
Government Announces End To The Sale Of Plastic Straws

Government Announces End To The Sale Of Plastic Straws

The Government has announced the end to the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds at the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit. The Prime Minister will also call on all other Commonwealth countries to … Continue reading

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