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Microplastics – and why are they harmful?

What are microplastics? Microplastics are pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter. They can be primary microplastics, which are tiny particles designed for cosmetics or shed from textiles such as clothing and fishing nets; or they can be secondary microplastics, which are produced when larger plastic items such as water bottles break down due to solar radiation or ocean water. Secondary microplastics result from ‘degradable’ plastics: read our article here on the difference between degradable, biodegradable, and compostable. Chemical ...
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Why go plastic-free?

It seems like a rather obvious question. After all, if you’re on this site, you must have some idea of why plastic-free is a good idea. But it never hurts to revisit the reasons for cutting down waste, and you might learn something you didn’t know. Carbon emissions Plastic produces carbon dioxide from the very start of its life cycle. One kilogram of plastic produces 6kg of CO2, equating about 210kg of CO2 from plastic production per person per year. ...
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Retail companies going plastic-free – and dealing with COVID-19

Flora & Fauna, founded in 2014 by CEO Julie Mathers, is an ethical, cruelty-free beauty business which has won the Power Retail Sustainable Retailer Award. Beauty products are often one of the hardest items to buy plastic-free, and we could be forgiven for excusing a beauty retailer from the plastic-free fight on the basis that “it’s difficult”. But Flora & Fauna is leading the way, and hoping other businesses will follow. Julie Mathers’ vision Mather says she feels it is ...
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Why are BioCups the better choice?

We are—slowly—moving away from relying on fossil fuel­–powered energy and transport, and at the same time ditching traditional plastics. Since BioPak began in 2006, they have developed and then provided recyclable, compostable packaging made of renewable resources. However, BioPak—and us—are not content to stop there. We want consumer-driven demand for an industry-wide revolution of eco-friendly, endlessly recyclable products that cause no harm to the environment or the communities they touch. Recyclable and compostable We want improved recycling rates in Australia. ...
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Why so much push-back on plastic-free?

We know we need to ditch plastic. If you’re reading this, you know we need to ditch plastic. It seems the whole social media world knows we need to ditch plastic. So why haven’t we? Here, we look at several reasons plastic packaging is still being produced and consumed despite evidence that it is harmful to us and the environment. Convenience This is a big one. Part of the fight against plastic requires that consumers do their part, rather than ...
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Plastic-free airlines: what is stopping us?

On December 2017, the first plastic-free flight took to the skies. Hi Fly, a company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta, replaced all plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and other compostable alternatives. The first of three plastic-free test flights, it carried hundreds of passengers from Lisbon to Brazil. Will other flights follow? In 2017, Ryanair pledged to go plastic-free by 2023—despite CEO Michael O’Leary famously quoted as calling environmentalists “luddites marching us back to the 18th century”. ...
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