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How could 500 Billion Beverage Plastics Packaging be Sustainable?

How could 500 Billion Beverage Plastics Packaging be Sustainable? Can the earth take this load year after year?   Can India take innovative & sustainable path of Bottle to Bottle? Are we ready for using our plastics back to make & consume food grade bottles – a truly CIRCULAR Economy   An interesting panel chaired at Mumbai with BEVTECH. Thanks Dnyanesh ‘DV’ Darshane for organizing the same. Felt like a family with #Coke

Delhi’s IGI Airport becomes single-use plastic free airport

NEW DELHI: GMR-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) said on Monday that Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has become free of single-use plastic usage. The Confederation of Indian Industry-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CII-ITC CESD) that supports the business community towards achieving sustainability has certified DIAL for its successful voluntary implementation of single-use plastic-free airport measures within IGI Airport’s operations. “Our objective to make Delhi Airport free from single-use plastic is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to

Plastic in our oceans

Plastic in our oceans – What happens next? Plastic interferes with ocean life on a micro-scale as well, leading to exponential dangers to the ocean ecosystem. Image source: https://lnkd.in/fwJcwB6 | Image by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Single-use plastic items are the biggest single group of waste found on seashores: products such as plastic cutlery, drink bottles, cigarette butts or cotton buds make up almost half of all sea litter. We are dedicated to Plastic Circularity & Solid Waste Management.

Soon, plastic could be used to construct roads in Gurgaon

Officials said that the construction method can be the “best possible solid waste disposal method”, and will reduce financial burden on government and civic bodies by cutting costs, giving roads a longer life”. Plastic waste could soon be used in construction of Gurgaon roads, said officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) during a house meeting Thursday, adding that the project is likely to take off in December. “We are planning to launch a project in which plastic waste would

Disruptive plastics firm Polymateria backed by £1m Innovate UK funding

BT’s former chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne’s vision to create the “Tesla of plastics” has moved a step closer to reality, after securing more than £1m in Innovate UK grants to research and scale-up compostable plastics. Biotransformation does not create micro-plastics and does not impact normal recycling processes British-based technology company Polymateria is seeking to introduce solutions that convert standard plastics into biodegradable packaging. The company hired BT’s former sustainability chief Niall Dunne in January 2018, to help realise the company’s mission

Plastic tax could be on the way for Australia to deal with ‘impending plasticide’

  Australia will need to introduce a tax on plastic to help reduce a mounting waste problem, a global financial analyst has predicted. A report by global wealth manager Credit Suisse found those restrictions have had a “colossal” impact on Australia and warns of an “impending plasticide”. Australia was exporting a large portion of its recyclable waste to China, but China has tightened its contamination standards and banned 24 types of waste. “There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, in

Handover plastic waste to cement manufacturers: AP Pollution Control Board

Stressing the need for scientific disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) chairperson BSS Prasad said that Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the State should take measures to hand over segregated plastic waste to cement manufacturers for them to make revenue out of it. Speaking at the brainstorming session on ‘Co-Processing of MSW and Plastic in Cement’, held in the city on Wednesday, Prasad called upon the municipalities to accord priority to allocating budget for scientific

Greener broadcasting: BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy

The BBC has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, which sets out commitments to achieve zero waste to landfill and source 100% renewable energy, with the broadcaster also revealing it has cut out more than 500,000 pieces of single-use plastics since April 2018. In February 2018, the BBC vowed to “lead the way” by removing single-use plastics from its operations by 2020 The BBC has today (12 November) published its Greener Broadcasting strategy, outlining new commitments to reduce carbon emissions

Marks and Spencers unveils reusable bags made with 75% ‘ocean-bound’ plastic

Retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) has unveiled a new range of reusable carrier bags made with 75% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in a bid to boost consumer awareness around plastic pollution and raise money for recycling infrastructure. The bags will be made with post-consumer recycled plastics from Plastic Bank’s Manilla recycling facility The bags, which are set to go on sale on Tuesday (6 November), are made using plastic waste sourced from social enterprise Plastic Bank, which aims to prevent plastic

Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?

Concern is mounting over the volume of plastics in our oceans and, in particular, how tiny particles of plastic and other synthetic materials are infiltrating every part of our ecosystem. Can technology help address the problem? In October 2009, windsurfing teacher Rachael Miller went to help clean up an island off the coast of Maine in the north-east of the US. There had been a heavy storm and “we found the beach covered in debris”, she says, mostly washed up plastic fishing