There is hope for the future

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet’s resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum in the past decade. Fortunately today, we notice a more proactive approach from countries and brands to cut down plastic consumption. Below you will find an overview of positive and heartwarming developments in the war against plastic.

McDonald’s scrapping plastic from McFlurry and salad packaging

The move is expected to reduce plastic waste by 383 metric tonnes every year. The fast food giant will also remove single use plastic from its salads next week and serve them in 100 per cent recyclable cardboard containers instead.

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Ban on single-use plastic bags introduced in Philly Council with 15-cent fee on other bags

A sweeping ban on single-use plastic bags was introduced Thursday in Philadelphia City Council in a bill that would also impose a relatively hefty 15-cent fee on any recyclable paper bag or other reusable bags a merchant might provide to a customer.

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The factory making shoes out of plastic bottles

By 2050, there is expected to be more plastic in the world’s oceans then there are fish. However, some of world’s biggest sportswear brands, such as Adidas and Nike, are trying to turn plastic waste into a raw material for clothes and shoes.

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Weight of bags taken out of circulation at Woolworths weigh more than 780 elephants

Landcare Australia chief executive Shane Norrish said its volunteers devote time to cleaning up the coastal, marine and river environments. “Plastic pollution is a real issue for groups who are involved in clean-up projects,” he said. “However, billions of plastic bags have been taken out of the system ...

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Norway recycles 97% of its plastic bottles: a blueprint for the rest of the world?

A significant change in mindset is also needed from consumers, says Thompson. Some people might resent the ‘chore’ of returning bottles. But evidence shows it’s eminently possible to change such behaviour. Six months after the 5p levy on single-use plastic bags in England ...

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How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

Lobster bisque and shrimp cocktail make for scrumptious meals, but at a price. The food industry generates 6 million to 8 million metric tons of crab, shrimp and lobster shell waste every year. Depending on the country, those claws and legs largely get dumped back into the ocean or into landfills.

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