Year: 2019

The Circular Economy Team April 18, 2019

It’s no secret that our plastic use is out of control and having a devasting effect on the environment. As a society we are beginning to make changes to cut down on single-use plastics, however, something that often gets overlooked is the plastic waste that is tied to menstrual products. Tampons and sanitary pads are estimated to produce over 100 billion pieces of waste every year and they are the fifth-most common type of waste washing up on beaches, with nine plastic tampon applicators found per kilometre on UK beaches according to the Women’s Environmental Network.

The Circular Economy Team April 15, 2019

This CRNS seminar will provide an opportunity for members and stakeholders alike, who are passionate about both cycling and recycling, to come together and hear from different speakers as well as network and share knowledge and ideas.The main topic of this seminar will be the challenges of bike…

The Circular Economy Team April 15, 2019

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The Circular Economy Team April 15, 2019

Today, UN Environment published its sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) in time for the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly, calling on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement. GEO-6 outlines the current state of the environment, illustrates possible future environmental trends and analyses the effectiveness of policies.

The Circular Economy Team April 13, 2019

How Plastic Pipes Could Contribute More to Sustainability and the Circular Economy Plastic pipes have transformed our utility networks, meaning that today waste water is transported safely and securely, and in much greater quantities than in times gone by. In today’s civil engineering and building environments, plastics are an essential part of our drainage and sewerage systems.

The Circular Economy Team April 13, 2019

For people who use plastic straws out of want rather than necessity, it’s easy to hear about the straw bans going around the country and not really care. However, for some people with certain disabilities and their advocates, this is a huge deal.

The Circular Economy Team April 13, 2019

Microsoft’s new budget Surface laptop might launch tomorrow. The first Chromebooks with Snapdragon 845 processors are on the way. And The New York Times looks at the potential for financial gain as well as environmental disaster that comes with the growing global problem of e-waste

The Circular Economy Team April 13, 2019

Importers are reminded that the ban on the importation of single-use plastics took effect today, Monday, April 1. Products such as petro-based single-use plastic cups, cutlery, including plastic knives, forks and spoons; stirrers; straws; plates; egg trays (both plastic and Styrofoam), and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry can no longer be imported.

The Circular Economy Team April 12, 2019

Greenpeace España has welcomed ambitious measures approved by the European Parliament to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on beaches.Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News…

The Circular Economy Team March 11, 2019

Within the framework of the EU funded-SwitchMed Programme, UNIDO has organised a match-making event for the benefit of professionals in the plastics sector in Tunisia. The event took place on 18-19 December 2018 at the Novotel Tunis hotel, and served as a forum for exchange between Tunisian and foreign organisations around the theme of the circular economy of plastic. Exchanges between national and international actors have generated knowledge transfers, and possibly technologies in the future.

The Circular Economy Team March 11, 2019

The circular economy has become, for many governments, institutions, companies, and environmental organizations, one of the main components of a plan to lower carbon emissions. In the circular economy, resources would be continually re-used, meaning that there would be no more mining activity or…

The Circular Economy Team March 10, 2019

US companies are increasingly making circular economy practices a norm in their business models, according to new research from ING.  Nearly four in five companies have a strategic intent to implement a circular economy framework (62%) or have already put one in place (16%), according to ING’s report. It’s based on a survey of 300 US-based executives in four key economic sectors: automotive, consumer electronics and telecoms, food and agriculture, and healthcare.

The Circular Economy Team March 10, 2019

UNRISE is coordinated by Prof. Huub de Groot from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 20 partners from 13 European countries. The SUNRISE consortium includes: seven universities (Leiden University, University of Uppsala, Imperial College of London, University of Turku, University of Warsaw, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of Louvain); eight research centres…

The Circular Economy Team March 10, 2019

In this video, Jean-Claude Lévy, an expert at the Institut National de l’Économie Circulaire, discusses implementation of circular economy dynamics within territories. He discusses several aspects such as law, territorial added value, semantics, or scientific research,…

The Circular Economy Team March 10, 2019

Washington State Legislators Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) recently held a press conference at the Seattle Aquarium, and were joined by the Surfrider Foundation and a coalition of advocates in support of the “Washington Reusable Bag Act” to announce they are introducing companion bills in January, 2019, at the state legislature to address plastic pollution and recycling contamination due to plastic bags. The reusable bag legislation will build off the existing 23 local ordinances already in place in the state of Washington.  The coalition organizations supporting this policy include: Environment Washington, Puget Soundkeeper, Seattle Aquarium, Surfrider Foundation and Zero Waste Washington.  Washington State Represenative Strom Peterson speaks at the Seattle Aquarium along with coalition partners. Photo credit Seattle Aquarium. Surfrider Foundation Washington chapters have been active leaders on this issue in Washington for many years. They have helped to pass plastic bag ordinances at the local level, most notably playing a lead role in the city of Bellingham, which served as a model for other communities. The chapters have also played a key role in the passage of a bag ban in the city of Tacoma.  The problem:  Plastic bags are problematic in the litter…

The Circular Economy Team March 10, 2019

Conceptual photographer Benjamin Von Wong has shared details about his latest project on his blog—an art installation made from 168,000 plastic straws called “The Parting of the Plastic Sea.” The idea behind the work is to draw attention to the “truckload of plastic flowing into the ocean every 60 seconds”—and to emphasize how a small step like forgoing a plastic straw when conducted on a large scale can make a big difference—stopping the “strawpocalypse,” as Von Wong puts it. Of course, Von Wong didn’t go out and buy the straws for the project—even if it would have only cost $10 for 100,000 of them. He took the harder route, working with Zero Waste Saigon, Starbucks Vietnam and hundreds of volunteers to gather used straws over the course of half a year. A local builder then helped to construct the frame that would support the “waves” of plastic. To generate maximum awareness, the installation was located at the Estella Place shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City. On his blog, Von Wong says “The Parting of the Plastic Sea” isn’t only about straws. He writes: “It’s about taking a first step towards paying attention to the plastic epidemic threatening the…

The Circular Economy Team March 10, 2019

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland announced today that WuXi Biologics, a Hong Kong-listed global open-access biologics technology platform company, is to invest €325 million ($392 million) and create 400 new jobs over five years in a new biologics drug substance manufacturing facility on the Industrial Development Authority’s (IDA) greenfield site in Mullagharlin, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

Jacó blogger Magdalen López writes about the Central Pacific beach community’s efforts as part of a growing nationwide movement in Costa Rica to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics. #SinPajillaPorFavor is a campaign that calls on restaurants and other businesses to unite to reduce single-use plastics, given that 60 percent of it ends up on beaches, causing the death of marine species and birds,

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton Macau have announced plans to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from the properties. The latest initiative is part of a process that has seen Marriott International set itself a goal of removing plastic straws from over 6,500…

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

The National Trust is phasing out single-use plastics from its shops and cafes by 2022, as efforts to tackle the issue of plastic waste gather pace. The charity, which looks after more than 500 historic properties, 775 miles of coastline and more than 600,000 acres of countryside, said it was committed to cutting down on waste. It has pledged to ensure all its shops are free of single-use plastics and remove all throwaway plastic bottles from its cafes by 2022.

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

As the environmental effects of a changing climate become harder to ignore, conscious citizens of the world are asking themselves how they can make a difference. Whether it be by altering the way we shop, eat, travel, or reduce waste in our daily lives, we can all have an impact in limiting the adverse effects of climate change. While efforts on an individual level are crucial, those that are put into effect on a national level are even more encouraging. After establishing itself as a front-runner in the quest to reduce pollution, France is now extending their plastic ban to be even more comprehensive.

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

The National Trust has revealed that it will stop selling single-use plastics by 2022, following the action of eliminating plastic from its disposable cups and cutlery, opting for biodegradable products.  It will also withdraw throwaway plastic bottles from sale across its 343 cafés and tea rooms and will swap all single-use plastic bottles for glass bottles in all sit-down cafés by the end of 2018.   

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

At the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California, U.S.-based members of the global movement, #breakfreefromplastic, including Plastic Pollution Coalition, rallied in front of the venue with a 12-foot banner screening the message, “to stop plastic pollution, stop making plastic.” The group called for an end to single-use plastic products, which are used for minutes and persist in the environment forever.

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

Klean Kanteen® is on a mission to reduce our egregious overuse of plastic water bottles.  A family-owned company, started by the brother-sister team, Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer, they introduced the first stainless steel, BPA-free, reusable water bottle in 2004. They wanted a non-toxic solution to single-use plastic water bottles.

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

Plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers, and sticks for balloons will all have to be made exclusively from more sustainable materials instead, while single-use drinks containers made with plastic will only be allowed on the market if their caps and lids remain attached,…

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

It started with carrier bags a few years back and more recently has extended to plastic straws and single-use coffee cups as well as plastic water bottles. After much prevarication consumers and retailers now seem to have the bit between their teeth over the issue of reducing the levels of waste…

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

A bill calling for the phase-out of single-use plastic products has been filed at the House of Representatives. House Bill No. 8692, or the “Ban on Single-use Plastic Products,” proposed to prohibit enterprises from manufacturing, importing and selling single-use plastics. The bill covers plastic packaging, such as grocery bags; food packaging and containers, water bottles, straws, cups, and sachets.

The Circular Economy Team March 9, 2019

First it stopped the sales of disposable plastic water bottles, now Selfridges has announced plans to remove all single-use plastic bottles containing carbonated drinks from its stores. The world-famous department store has not sold single-use water bottles for almost two years and said the latest move aims to further encourage customers to end their use of throwaway plastic and switch to aluminium cans or glass.