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Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay — for now

Paris - Because of their role in global pollution, plastics are hugely controversial.But the resilient, supple, light and malleable materials play a key role in our lives and, according to experts, will remain crucial for a long time to come.

Business booming for plastic giants as change beckons

Paris - It's the worst enemy of environmental campaigners, but people around the world use mountains of plastic every day and business is booming for manufacturers.

'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

Sydney - Dozens of supermarket staff have suffered abuse as two major Australian grocery chains struggled to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, with one irate customer putting his hands around a shop assistant's throat.

War on plastic leaves manufacturers clutching at straws

Paris - For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts.But that may be starting to change, thanks largely to vigorous environmental campaigning.

Electric Zoo is going eco-friendly, says 'no' to plastic straws

New York - New York's premiere electronic dance music festival, Electric Zoo, is saying no to plastic straws at this year's event, "The Big 10," which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

Last straw for McDonald's, Burger King in Mumbai plastic ban

Mumbai - Burger King, McDonald's and Starbucks are among dozens of companies fined for violating a new ban on single-use plastics in India's commercial capital Mumbai, an official said Tuesday.

Japan passes anti-plastic law but with no sanctions for polluters

Apo - A bill intended to reduce the volume of microplastics dumped into the ocean was approved by Japan's parliament on Friday, but it included no sanctions for failure to comply.

UN says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

New Delhi - Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the UN said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Vietnam - A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Bangkok - A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.

Campaigners slam UK plans on cutting plastic waste

London - Campaigners on Thursday criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a "missed opportunity" that lacked the necessary urgency.

Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Watamu - Gently, Kenzo the sea turtle is lowered onto a beach where a scattering of bottle caps, candy wrappers, yoghurt cups and discarded flipflops scar an otherwise idyllic setting.

Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

Paris - People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, according to a study published Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries.

Mass production of biodegradable plastic aids digital tech

A new, fast and simple process has been devised for the manufacture of a plant-derived, biodegradable plastic. This material will be useful for next generation digital technology.

Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis

Colombo - Sri Lanka banned plastic bags and other disposable products on Friday after the collapse of the island's biggest dump led to a rubbish disposal crisis.

Are drinking straws an environmental menace?

A waste disposal company has called on plastic drinking straws to be taxed as a disincentive, claiming discarded straws to be a considerable contributor to environmental waste.

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island

Miami - One of the planet's most remote islands is polluted with the highest density of plastic particles ever reported, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers said Monday.

Plastic-eating caterpillar addresses waste problem

Cambridge - A plastic-eating caterpillar could munch polymeric waste and help to address the problems of plastic waste disposal that accumulates in landfills, according to a Cambridge science team.

Tires are a major pollutant for the world's oceans

Conservationists and scientists have warned that particles of debris from car tires are reaching the ocean as "plastic soup" and causing harm to wildlife.

Human made sun and rain demonstrates plastic pollution impact

The most common material used in the modern world is plastic. Many modern plastics are composed of nanoparticles. What is the ecological consequence when plastic degrades? A research group have been finding out.

Transatlantic mission to study effect of marine plastic pollution

A British led expedition has begun to sail to the Falkland Islands to study the effects of plastic pollution on tiny creatures in the depths of the seas.

New concerns about plastic waste in the oceans

New concerns have been raised about the impact of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans. A new report indicates that waste from Northern Europe, for example, will reach the Arctic within two years.

New packaging aims to keep vegetables fresher

Michigan State University have developed new packaging designed to help produce stay fresher for longer. The research has run tests on onions and the data collected shows considerable improvement in keeping the vegetables edible.

Plasticizer in new health risk

Medics have connected the plastic softeners in medical tubing to neurological problems in children who have been hospitalized with critical illnesses.

U.S. House bans microbeads in personal care products by 2019

Washington - Several states have passed legislation to put and end to the use of tiny microbeads in beauty products, but now the rest of the nation is catching up. It's all part of an effort to keep the tiny plastic beads out of the ocean and our seafood.

Three in four fish in River Thames contain plastic

London - Around three-quarters of the fish in the River Thames have plastic fibers in their gut. This is based on a new survey, highlighting the extent of plastic pollution.

Study claims half the world's sea turtles have eaten plastic

A new study was released and it claims that half of the planet's sea turtles have eaten some form of plastic at some point in their lives.

Plastic waste getting worse and harming seabirds

London - Waste discarded by people and factories is causing significant harm to seabirds and other wildlife, according to a new report. One estimate says 90 percent of seabirds around the world have eaten plastic.

Los Angeles reservoir filled with 96 million plastic balls

California City - With California suffering one of the most severe cases of drought, the mayor released 96 million "shade balls" into the Los Angeles reservoir in hopes to conserve water.

Cutting back on plastic bag use to protect the environment

The average citizen in Europe throws away 200 plastic bags per year. Most of these are used only once. For this reason, the European Union is seeking to phase out plastic bags from stores.
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An albatross chick killed by eating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
An albatross chick killed by eating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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Fibers of a corn-derived  biodegradable plastic developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Fibers of a corn-derived, biodegradable plastic developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a c...
Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a centimeter is one hundredth of a meter). The fibers were captured by filtering washing machine effluent after washing a Patagonia jacket. The scale in the photo indicates the length of 1,000 microns. Photo: Shreya Sonar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.
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Compressed plastic waste collected by fishermen at a processing plant in Chiva  near Valencia in Spa...
Compressed plastic waste collected by fishermen at a processing plant in Chiva, near Valencia in Spain
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Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on t...
Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on the day before a ban on plastic bags went into effect in 2009.
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A woman eating plastic on the TLC show My Strange Addiction
A woman eating plastic on the TLC show My Strange Addiction
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Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a c...
Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a centimeter is one hundredth of a meter). The fibers were captured by filtering washing machine effluent after washing a Patagonia jacket. The scale in the photo indicates the length of 1,000 microns. Photo: Shreya Sonar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.
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Del Monte s new bananas available in a plastic bag/wrap
Del Monte's new bananas available in a plastic bag/wrap
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