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Plastics Related Stories in the Media

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Plastics Related Stories in the Media

06/04/2018 at 21:34

I wondered if there could be a thread for recording links to plastics related stories in the general media (newspapers, TV channels, podcasts). It could be stories about the plastics industry, or about plastic polution, or existing methods of dealing with waste, etc.

I’ll start off with this story from The Guardian in December 2017:

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth

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warrior
10/09/2018 at 01:30
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Giant plastic-catcher gets towed out to tackle ocean garbage patches.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45438736

warrior
06/09/2018 at 14:32
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We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup
– George Monbiot

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/06/save-earth-disposable-coffee-cup-green

We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo

warrior
28/08/2018 at 13:16
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Map reveals ‘scourge’ of Scotland’s coastal litter problem

“We thought we would just be finding small amounts of scattered plastic, domestic rubbish but it’s not that. It’s industrial rubbish we’ve been finding. “It’s a huge amount of plastic containers that look like they have come off ships. There’s fish boxes, there’s fish nets, there’s old bits of cable. We are talking metric tonnes of stuff in some places.”

warrior
04/08/2018 at 13:28
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Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

This si still understating the problem, I reckon.

warrior
04/08/2018 at 13:24
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Greens claim incineration is blocking recycling

This story highlights some of the disagreements over future strategies for dealing with plastic waste.  The Green Party position (at least in England & Wales) is that incineration is a bad thing.  At the very least they talk about the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, and usually there is an accompanying complaint about “toxic” emissions.

Unfortunately, the fantasy that “recycling” actually exists, at any meaningful scale, is still strong.  Statistics that include waste exports as “recycling” are still being quoted, even though we now know they are false.

Of course if incineration is prevented, and recycling is largely impossible, then that has to leave landfill as the preferred “green” temporary solution – with the phasing out of polymer manufacture as being the ultimate goal.

new
24/07/2018 at 17:56
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I would like to get to this spot and help the community to make tarps, hammocks, baskets and buckets out of this plastic for their home use.

warrior
22/07/2018 at 22:58
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Wave of plastic hits Dominican Republic

This was the scene on a beach in the Dominican Republic after a storm last Thursday.

We spoke to the organisation who shot the footage of the plastic on the shoreline.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-44914919/wave-of-plastic-hits-dominican-republic

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new
23/07/2019 at 01:27
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well researched and interesting article about ‘How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World‘. I ordered the book, ‘THE USE AND ABUSE OF AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGES‘; looks like legit homework 🙂 . There is also a quote :

“They’re trying to create the perception that there’s a viable way to recycle most plastic waste into new products, and that’s simply not true.” ; say hello PP

new
15/07/2019 at 11:19
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Now this is only indirect linked to plastic but please check the alerts of MIT. Might be an amazing exercise to get the PP network active 🙂

warrior
14/05/2019 at 22:35
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Coca-Cola most common source of packaging pollution on UK beaches – study

The results came from a series of 229 beach cleans organised by the anti-pollution campaigning group in April, which found close to 50,000 pieces of waste. About 20,000 of these carried identifiable brands, of which Coca-Cola was the leader, followed by Walkers crisps, Cadbury’s, McDonald’s and Nestlé.

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warrior
29/04/2019 at 16:21
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It was funny, on the trash wheel page, they listed what was in the 1,000,000 pounds of thrash they collected. Along with the usual was one ball python….I hope whoever was sorting trash that morning had their coffee.

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