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A British river has the worst micro-plastic pollution in the world, researchers have found, with levels even greater than hugely built-up areas such as in South Korea and Hong Kong. To read more, follow the link below: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/03/12/british-river-has-worst-recorded-microplastic-pollution-world/ (Photo credit: Professor Jamie Woodward, The University of Manchester)...

Roger Harrabin reminds us that countries are in violation of international law by emitting ocean plastic pollution according to Oliver Tickell's report released 20 Feb at the Ocean Plastics Crisis Summit. It is not only bad for the environment but it is illegal and offenders could be taken to the international Court of Justice and ordered to pay compensation. To read the full article follow the link below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43115486?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_recent_activity_details_all%3BBmi77y0PSJy4jPjxQQMp8A%3D%3D&licu=urn%3Ali%3Acontrol%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_recent_activity_details_all-object (Photo credit: Blue Planet II)...

On January, 22, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the list of leading brands, retailers, and packaging companies working towards using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier has grown to 11 – Amcor, Ecover, Evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz – together representing more than 6 million tonnes of plastic packaging per year. To read more follow the link below: https://newplasticseconomy.org/news/11-companies-commit-to-100-reusable-recyclable-or-compostable-packaging-by-2025  ...

The UK house of Commons Environment Audit Committee's report has backed a deposit return scheme (DRS) and higher taxes for packaging that is difficult to recycle and recommended that PET bottles have a 50% recycled content by 2023. The Packaging Export Recovery Note system, that is meant to cover the recycling obligation of packaging producers, has not encouraged local recycling and needs to be reformed. The full report is attached here: House of Commons EAC Plastic bottles- Turning Back the Plastic Tide 339. Business leadership needs reform as well it seems....