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What’s your plastic bag IQ?

When even the GPCA is calling for the re-use of plastic bags, andreplacing thin single-use bags with thicker and stronger bags, there are notmany voices raised in favour of lightweight plastic bags.  One plastic bagmanufacturer and recycler has posted a catchingly titled video “What’s YourPlastic Bag IQ” to get across its points about the value […]

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Plant-based plastics on our tables

We read so much about bioplastics, but now they are appearing on our tables. Coca-Cola took out a full page advert in the Times last week to trumpet the launch of its new PlantBottle ™ range in the UK. It consists of 22.5% bio-based material from renewable sources like sugarcane and up to 25% recycled […]

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Plastic bottles bring light to Philippine slums

A plastic bottle filled with water can become a source of lighting for slum homes in the Philippines, according to this video article on the BBC.   Recycling empty polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles by filling them with water and a drop of bleach, to prevent algae, creating a metal collar and inserting them in the […]

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Nappies recycled into rooftiles

The UK‘s first nappy (diaper) recycling plant is open in West Bromwich, and is set to be the first of five plants to take used nappies and turn them into rooftiles and jogging tracks, according to this article on MSN.   Over 1 million tonnes/year of absorbent hygiene products are generated in the UK, and […]

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Coca-Cola moves massively into rPET

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will include 25% of recycled PET in its bottles by 2012, and is investing £5m in a jv plant with recyclers ECO Plastics in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in the UK.   The 10-year joint venture will double the amount of polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) recycled in the UK to 75,000 tonnes/year, in time for […]

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Amazing Objects Made from Plastic Bags

These pictures live up to their billing as “12 Amazing Objects Made from Plastic Bags,” which a well-meaning family member has sent me from Oddee, a website featuring “the odd, strange and bizarre things of our world.”   They’re quite impressive, and it is good to see plastic bags being recycled constructively, but you have […]

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Biodegradable Pudding Bin Bags

The Blog is enjoying a two-week end of year break, using up all the holiday days which should have been used up during the summer but somehow weren’t. Nevertheless, it’s hard to resist sharing another advance in the world of plastics.   Biodegradable pudding bin bags are apparently on sale at Nigel’s Eco Store, and […]

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WoZela – Recycling Vuvuzelas

WoZela! is an admirable scheme in South Africa to recycle leftover vuvuzelas from this year’s FIFA World Cup, according to a piece the Blog saw on CNN in a hotel room on Friday.   “WoZela – make a difference, not just a noise,” is the slogan of the scheme’s competition.   Winning entries include earrings, […]

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Plastic water bottle Bobble selling like hot cakes

No sooner had the Blog finished cackling at the idea that there might be something green about buying bottled water, than another environmentally-friendly water-related plastics marketing genius hits the headlines.   The makers of Bobble – a reusable bottle – claim it can filter tap water to a purity that rivals mineral water. It has been launched in […]

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Volvic sugarcane waste PET bottle

Paying for bottled water in a country where the tapwater is perfectly drinkable still makes the Blog grind its teeth in irritation. So for UK folk who insist on carrying water around in case they expire from dehydration while out on a stroll in our cool and rainy climate, there is good news that Volvic […]

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