Dubai’s dead plastic camels

Green Prophet

One of the most jarring scenes I remember from my trip through Syria is the sea of plastic that rolled along the shore of a stretch of desert highway that linked Aleppo to Damascus. Their bellies full of plastics and ropes that starve them to death. .

Plastic packaging alternative tastes sweet

Green Prophet

Plastics are the bane of our existence. from the same country that brought us Waze to help us get around cities, is W-Cycle, a company that tackles plastic one-time use products by turning them into sugar. CPET plastic trays are typically used in for ready-meal packaging.

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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. Since the real commercial production of plastic begun in the 1950s the world has produced more than eight billion tons of plastic which is about as much in weight as a billion elephants.

Plastic recycling

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste. Six UK exporters of plastic waste have had their licenses suspended or canceled in the last three months, according to EA data.

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. Now that China has closed its doors to plastic (and other) recyclables from the Europe and America the problem is going to get bigger still. You can also use the plastic buckets to organize and haul garden materials and compost, sort laundry, or store household items.

Boxed Water, the natural step to weaning ourselves from plastic bottles

Green Prophet

Get up at the crack of dawn and you find plastic cups and bottles as far as the eye can see littering the beach. Because while recycling efforts may take the sting or guilt from our hearts, most plastics we use today don’t get recycled at all. . s plastic waste is recycled.

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. But there is also a lot of industrial plastic waste, including fishing nets, ropes, buoys, and cages. The shoreline on Kamilo Beach includes millions of these tiny pieces of plastic mingled in with the sand.

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. While there is quite a good reason for using plastic in many cases there is no good reason for using plastic, which is a valuable material, really, in the so-called single-use applications.

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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 is used in almost every area in our lives – it houses our liquids and solids, stores our groceries, entertains our children and a whole lot more, however, the aid of plastic does come with a price. Plastic products are among the top landfill inhabitants because conventional plastic do not biodegrade – however, most plastics are recyclable.

Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

Green (Living) Review

Images of ocean plastic pollution are causing so much revulsion that many people are switching to some supposedly more “environmentally friendly” materials to try to reduce their impact. Also, there is plastic and then there is plastic. Single-use plastic, in my opinion, is a bad idea. Plastic vs Paper: It is easy to see how paper bags are seen as and appear to be more environmentally-friendly than plastic ones. It all depends on the plastic.

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. freezer bags frozen food bags green living green living tips plastic bag plastic bags plastic packaging reuse

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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

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In October 2013, after the gods only know how long, it was announced that the government has at long last decided to follow the lead of some other countries by introducing a charge, albeit a paltry 5 pence, which is about 8 cents Euro and about the same in US money, for plastic bags from 2015. 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.

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. Aldi has also given its backing to a national deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. In support of this aim, Aldi has signed up to a new cross-sector initiative from WRAP aimed at tackling plastic waste.

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. The group said that it is removing plastic straws from over 60 of its UK hotels, including London properties Marriott County Hall London, Le Meridien Piccadilly, W London Leicester Square and Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel. Teams “have been requested to begin removing plastic straws from circulation with immediate effect”.

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. Unfortunately, this explosion in plastic products has been devastating for our environment. There is also a whole laundry list of toxic chemicals that leak into our air, water, and soil from the manufacturing and disposal of plastics.

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. Striving for a plastic-free life, however, remains a noble and worthwhile goal – and it’s becoming easier with every year that passes, as more people demand plastic alternatives and refuse to participate in the grotesque plastic waste that’s filling our planet’s landfills.

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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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. In an interview with VnExpress, a representative from the Lotte Mart chain stated that they are still in the testing phase but plan to replace plastic with leaves nationwide very soon. According to a Vice report, banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia.

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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?

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. Plastic buckets : The buckets that I am talking about here are those in which various products come for the catering trade, whether it be mayonnaise, oil, or marinated herrings. That is how the idea for the harvesting tub from plastic milk jugs came about.

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

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. In December 2016, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) voted to pass a law banning the use of all disposable plastics throughout the national capital region. The decision applies to all disposable plastics, including produce bags, chai cups, and cutlery.

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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. In the war for and against the ubiquitous plastic bag – a symbol of all that is right, and wrong, about America – two cities stand as examples: Seattle, Washington and Swan Quarter, North Carolina. 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.

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. There are also plastic cleaning material bottles that can thus be upcycled. belt holsters green living green living tips plastic plastic bottles pocket protectors reuse reuse recipe upcycling

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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. However, if you have to use plastic utensils there are ways that you can reuse them instead of just tossing them out after eating one meal. Plastic utensils can work wonders for your garden.

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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. According to the Earth Policy Institute , nearly one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint.”.

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.

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. All these floating bits of plastic–from micron-sized plastic pieces to those six-pack can rings–not only disrupt marine ecosystems, but they also poison the global supply of seafood. “It’s oceans plastic Plastic Waste pollution

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 detox mindmap

The Green Changemakers

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Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren’t

Green (Living) Review

Even with the confusion, most people agree plastic bags suck. Perhaps sensing that we’re finally catching on, plastic bag makers have unleashed the greenwashers to make tiny changes to their product (like add a little metal) and then make up stories about how the “new” bags just disappear like magic. biodegradable plastic green living greenwash plastic bags Reducing waste is hard.

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. If you’re hesitating to believe that a cardboard helmet could really hold up as well as plastic, check out the crash test video below: Click here to view the embedded video. New Invention Turns Plastic Bags into Crude Oil for Heating Homes.

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. . Plastic bags continually cause harm to natural environments from the beginning to the end of their life cycle. The energy intensive plastic bag production. One of the most significant and globally impacting effects of plastic bags is how they are made.

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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Biodegradable plastics – the truth

Green (Living) Review

The truth about biodegradable plastics is that most of them are not by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Most of us are aware of how long-lived petroleum-based plastic bags and packaging are, I am sure. Many cities compost yard waste, but only a few sites – about 100 in the entire USA – will also accept these “degradable” plastics and, as far as can be ascertained there are basically none that do in the entire UK. biodegradable plastic

Pledge 4 Plastics

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Brits are being asked to recycle one more plastic bottles a week as part of a national drive to boost plastics recycling. This recycled plastic can then be turned into new items including toys, phone covers and even football shirts. You could, obviously, also get more than the additional bottle to the recycling bin and why not also think of ways to reuse those plastic bottles.

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment

Green Home Blog

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment: - Well over a billion single-use plastic bags are given out for free each day. Production Costs: - The production of plastic bags requires petroleum and often natural gas, both non-renewable resources that increase our dependency on foreign suppliers. The toxic chemical ingredients needed to make plastic produces pollution during the manufacturing process. - In a landfill, plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to degrade.

Reuse and Upcycling of Plastic Packaging

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As much as we may wish to avoid plastic (in our lives) the fact remains – at least for the foreseeable future – that it is with us, especially as far as packaging containers are concerned, and thus reuse and upcycling of those is better than any other solution. The recycling of plastics – as much as that of everything else – still requires a great amount of energy, even though maybe not as much as creating plastic from virgin polymer.

Cellophane: a green plastic?

Green Living Tips

Degradable and biodegradable bioplastics based on plant materials seem like recent innovations, but they've actually been around for a very long time. One example is cellophane. But how environmentally friendly is it

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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. Food is sacred […].

'Biodegradable' plastics are not at all great for the environment

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The UN has stated that 'biodegradable' plastics are not so great for the oceans but the truth be told they are not so great anywhere actually, just a feel-good sop to our consciences. Biodegradable plastic sounds like a wonderful idea when you first hear about it but the truth is a different one to be honest. The same also goes for “compostable” plastics. Basically, biodegradable label or not, those plastics will be there for a very long time.

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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