Plastic, plastic use, and plastic pollution

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic is pervasive nowadays and there is almost no place where you can look and plastic will not be staring you in the face in some for or the other. The computer keyboard, the case of the laptop, of the cellphone; all plastic, and that just for starters.

Plastic recycling

Green (Living) Review

Six UK exporters of plastic waste have had their licenses suspended or canceled in the last three months, according to EA data. One firm has had 57 containers of plastic waste stopped at UK ports in the last three years due to concerns over contamination of waste.

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Uses for plastic containers

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic packaging and plastic containers are everywhere, they are ubiquitous, and most end up in the landfill for recycling does not always happen in the way that we are being told.

Hawaii’s Plastic Beach

Green Home Blog

Hawaii’s Plastic Beach. The majority of the trash that washes up on Kamilo Beach – as high as 90% – is plastic. Some of this is regular household waste: plastic bags, food containers , and toothbrushes can all be found piled high on the shore. Kamilo Beach.

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10 Ways to Upcycle your Plastic Waste

Hug a Tree with Me

Plastic is one of the most used materials in the world, and it is also one of the most polluting. Plastic products are among the top landfill inhabitants because conventional plastic do not biodegrade – however, most plastics are recyclable.

Biodegradable and compostable plastic

Green (Living) Review

First of all it is still plastic by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Biodegradable is often understood by the general public almost like that is composts, and that is also the intention of the word being used, but it does no such thing. Well, into ever smaller particles of, guess what, yes, plastic.

Europe drowning in plastic waste

Green (Living) Review

Instead of actually reducing waste, especially, though not restricted to, plastic waste, and secondly building our own facilities for recycling the countries are, yet again, looking for places with lower environmental standards to where to dump the waste rather than doing the other.

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Banana leaves replace plastic packaging in Asian markets

Green Prophet

A Thai supermarket in Chiangmai has devised a brilliant alternative to plastic produce packaging, turning to natural banana leaves and raffia to bundle vegetables. According to a Vice report, banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia.

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Why Boxed Water is Really Better than Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles

Green Prophet

While these environmental changes have been tangibly seen – bluer skies, decreased smog, healthier oceans – the transition back to “normal” life has presented a new dilemma that could revert this and any previous, positive environmental strides: the immediate resurgence of plastic.

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Alternatives to Plastic

Green Home Blog

Alternatives to Plastic. Although plastic as we know it was introduced less than 100 years ago it has quickly become a staple in our everyday lives – from light switches to cars to computers, plastics are unavoidable. Recycled Aluminum Water Bottle: Topo Trail Map.

Reuse ideas for plastic frozen food bags

Green (Living) Review

Basically anything you would use a small plastic bag for. They are, after all, quite strong “little” plastic bags and have great reuse potential and reusing them can keep them out of the waste stream for longer.

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Aldi unveils measures to slash plastics waste

Green (Living) Review

Aldi has signed up to a new cross-sector initiative from WRAP aimed at transforming the UK's plastics system. In place of carrier bags, the UK's fastest growing supermarket will offer customers bags for life as reusable 9p bags made from back-of-store plastic waste.

Belu becomes first UK water company to make all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles

Green (Living) Review

Pioneering social enterprise and ethical water company, Belu, has announced that it will become the first water company in the UK to make 100% of its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles. A standard 500ml carton still contains 35% plastic and 5% aluminium foil.

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Plastic bag 'tax'

Green (Living) Review

The problem with biodegradable shopping bags is that they are still plastic and the biodegradable part to this is rather a questionable one as well. Very much in the same way that we keep hearing abut bio-plastic, that is to say, yes, plastic made from bio-matter.

Marriott Hotels to remove plastic straws from UK hotels

Green (Living) Review

Marriott International says it is to stop the use of plastic straws at its UK properties, amid growing concern over the levels of plastic pollution. Teams “have been requested to begin removing plastic straws from circulation with immediate effect”.

Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities

Green Home Blog

Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities. The photo above depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the U.S. There are exemptions, of course, like plastic bags for damp vegetables and fruits, or for takeout food, and no charge for those using food stamps or vouchers.

Uses for empty plastic containers in your garden

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic bottles to garden cloches : It all, obviously, depends on the size of the bottles but I, personally, use everything from 1 liter (over 3inch pots) to bigger ones – for seed raising. The idea came from plastic homeware items from a catalog.

10 tips for living with less plastic

Green (Living) Review

It's impossible to avoid plastic entirely, but there are effective ways to limit your exposure. Plastic is so commonplace in our world today that it’s nearly impossible to imagine I a life without it. Here are some tips on how to get rid of plastic at home. plastic Plastic Wast

Plastic detox mindmap

The Green Changemakers

Green Plastics

Pets and Plastics – Durable or Deadly

Living Green & Saving Energy

There isn’t a person reading this article that doesn’t have some kind of plastics in their home at this very minute. In all honesty, plastics are just about everywhere these days. We have plastic cooking utensils so that non-stick pots and pans don’t get damaged. Glass baby bottles have made way for unbreakable plastic ones. […]. Pets pets and plastics safe toys for pets

Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment


Plastic bags cause many negative effects for. We use plastic bags out of convenience and ignorance of their seriously negative consequences. Plastic waste affects all types of biomes and organisms. . The energy intensive plastic bag production.

Helmets: Plastic Vs. Kranium Cardboard

Wend Magazine

Polystyrene has ruled the helmet market for decades, but, according to designer Anirudha Rao, plastic simply isn’t the best way to go. New Invention Turns Plastic Bags into Crude Oil for Heating Homes.

Delhi bans disposable plastics

Green (Living) Review

India's capital city has taken a strong stand against plastic pollution, but now it needs to convince its residents. India’s capital city, Delhi, has taken a courageous step toward fighting plastic pollution. India and four other Asian nations are the top plastic polluters in the world.

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From plastic lotion bottle to tool holster (Reuse Recipe)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Those plastic bottles that held hand lotion, or sun lotion, or the larger ones that held cleaning product of one kind or other, lend themselves very nicely to be upcycled into belt pouches/holsters for small tools like secateurs, etc.

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Plastic wrap vs. reusable containers

Green Living Tips

What is more environmentally friendly - using plastic wrap or reusable plastic containers? Like so many aspects of going green, the answer depends on a number of factors

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Recycled plastic bag crafts

Green Living Tips

Here's some links to interesting and useful craft items you can make from plastic bags, complete with photos and instructions Handy with knitting needles, a sewing machine or crochet hooks?

Reusing plastic utensils in the garden

Green (Living) Review

Reusing plastic utensils (flatware) in the garden (and elsewhere) by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't toss those plastic knives, forks and spoons. These days people are looking to be more environmentally conscious, which means using reusable utensils instead of plastic ones.

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10 Reasons Why Should We Ban Plastic Bags


Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world [1]. Do you also have that overflowing kitchen drawer full of plastic bags you bring from your shopping trips? Plastic bags.

Instead of Plastic, This!

Elephant Journal

A post shared by Khala Cloths (@khalacloths) on Oct 7, 2016 at 9:04am PDT Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Plastic is bad! It lasts forever, even when it breaks down, it turns into tiny, little bits of plastic which get ingested by fish, birds, wildlife, and then we ingest that.

Composite Plastic Timber

Green Living Tips

Composite plastic timber products give new life to plastic and wood waste, recycling garbage bound for landfill into something useful that could last far. longer than the original item

Report: Plastic pollution in the ocean is reaching crisis levels

Green (Living) Review

Plastic has infiltrated the ocean’s ecosystem, from plankton to whales. trillion pieces of plastic trash in the world’s oceans, and each year, 8 million tons of plastic are added to the count. oceans plastic Plastic Waste pollution

5 Fun Ways To Plastic Cards into Functional Items

Living Green & Saving Energy

5 Fun Ways To Plastic Cards into Functional Items, reuse plastic cards in creative ways. green living recycling reduce waste reuse green living ideas recycle reuse plastic gift cards

5 Fun Ways To Plastic Cards into Functional Items

Living Green & Saving Energy

5 Fun Ways To Plastic Cards into Functional Items, reuse plastic cards in creative ways. green living recycling reduce waste reuse green living ideas recycle reuse plastic gift cards

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren’t

Green (Living) Review

Even with the confusion, most people agree plastic bags suck. biodegradable plastic green living greenwash plastic bags Reducing waste is hard.

6 simple, pain-free ways to ditch plastics

Green Prophet

I just met a pair of young Swedes, newcomers to Amman who were quickly appalled by the piles of plastics lining our city streets. Witness cabinets full of things bought for kid parties over the years – plastic cups and utensils, coated paper plates, and a zillion plastic straws.

Jordan Talks Plastic Waste: Action Wanted!

Green Prophet

Random dumping and burning of plastic garbage, which constitutes a fifth of the Kingdom’s solid waste, are negatively affecting the environment and public health, said a Jordanian official. Glad to see you waking up to your plastic addiction and outrageously dirty dumping disorder.

Plastic Bags ‘Round the World

Wend Magazine

Plastic bags are the poster child for mass one-use consumption. But so far as our checkout stand goes, plastic doesn’t actually rank that much worse than paper bags on the environmentally-friendly scale. Especially since plastic bags are so ubiquitous.

Recycle or Compos? Plastic Products

Green Home Blog

Plastic Products. Traditional plastics are manufactured from petroleum, meaning not only are they environmentally damaging to produce but they are also non-biodegradable: it’s estimated that most plastics will take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose. Many plastics also release toxic chemicals like phthalates and BPA when they do start to break down. The best way to discard plastic is to recycle it. million tons of plastic discarded in the U.S.

Stop Being Plastic


This year the world aims to “End Plastic Pollution” and also create a global support to stop the use of single-use plastic. Plastic is now deeply integrated into our lives. Sadly, most of the plastic ends in the world’s oceans. World Earth Day was on 22 April.

Greening plastic cards

Green Living Tips

Billions of credit, debit, gift and other sorts of plastic cards are manufactured annually - and most will wind up in landfill within a couple of. years. It's an environmental problem that can certainly be addressed by the companies involved; but they need to know consumers care about the issue

Plastic Free July and Declare Your Independence!

The Green Samaritan

So as you are walking along the beach this 4th of July week, think about going a step further by joining the Plastic Free July challenge and pledging to give up a little bit or all of single use. See the full post and more at Green Living

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Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

Green Prophet

The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year. The ruling also applies to plastic containers that come in direct contact with food products (think take-away and deli counter sales). Want a plastic sack?

Tasty Plastics?

Eco Friendly Daily

Travelling home from a trip to Europe, I was concerned about unnecessary plastic packaging on several items – multiple layers around a magazine and still more encasing those tiny airplane earbuds. Widespread use of such plastics has led to mountains of waste in landfills and waterways.