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'surely you can't be serious!'


"surely you can't be serious?" was my reaction when i heard that just 10% of plastic packaging on the planet is recycled each year. global plastic production has topped 300 million tonnes per annum and this figure is expected to double in the next twenty years. this level of growth, from practically nothing in 1950 shouldn't be surprising. after all, plastic is part of everyday life, and mostly a positive part. it keeps our houses warm so consuming less energy, it keeps our food fresher from field to fork, cars lighter and so more fuel efficient, i could go on. so why is so much of this amazing material lost each year, where does it all go, what can we do about it? since getting involved with plastic waste as part of a project at the university of warwick in 2010 i've opened a few cru...






word request - plastic part on the tip of a shoelace


what is the common english name for that "plastic part on the tip of a shoelace" which helps to easily insert the lace into the shoelace holes? (i'm not sure that's the correct name).edit: there are also metal parts of the kind.






claims of plastic rice in market just rumours, says tamil nadu government


by: pti | chennai | published:june 16, 2017 6:01 pm plastic rice vs real rice! (source: youtube)related newstamil nadu government on friday dismissed as “rumours”, claims of plastic rice in markets and said no such rice has been seized in the country so far. “plastic rice has not been seized in any part of india. in tamil nadu, social media is creating rumours of plastic rice,” food and civil supplies minister r kamaraj said.intervening during a debate in the assembly, he also warned of stern action against persons circulating such rumours. in fact, the state had adequate stocks of rice, including towards for the free rice supply scheme even as it’s price was under control, the minister said.“the very concept of plastic rice is wrong since plastic can melt (when it is boil...






bondi bag hopes rest on legislation


i am part of a community organisation known as blue bondi green. our objective was to have the bondi beach business district free of lightweight supermarket-type plastic bags by the end of last year. of the 75 businesses i visited, 22 were plastic-bag free already. some businesses had a mix of paper and plastic bags. but 50 per cent of businesses gave out single-use plastic bags as the only alternative. i have come to realise the only way bondi beach will become plastic bag free is to have legislative change. three states and the two territories have already achieved this. it is now time for nsw to do the same. smh letters dinkus photo: anne mcarthur brontenot a failure for everyoneso the judges in the whiteley fraud case claim it's "a rare and almost unique i...






these pesky caterpillars seem to digest plastic bags


holes in a plastic bag, the result of 10 worms chewing for 30 minutes. (csic communications department)the shopping bag is an infamous source of plastic pollution. the 2010 documentary “bag it” estimated that americans use 102 billion plastic bags per year. bags are persistent. plastic at the waste dump can last for an estimated 1,000 years. and they are pernicious. a wild baby manatee named emoji died in a florida zoo in february after filling its guts with plastic bags and other litter. to curb our reliance on cheap plastic, washington began levying 5-cent bag fees in 2009. several other municipalities have followed suit.of course, plastic bags are useful, too. federica bertocchini, a biologist at spain's institute of biomedicine and biotechnology of cantabria and a hobb...






as the world wakes up to ocean plastic pollution, companies like coca-cola can't


our oceans are choking on plastic. a truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute, with drinks bottles, food wrappers and other plastic packaging flowing into our seas and breaking down over hundreds of years. the vibrant biodiversity that calls the ocean home is becoming entangled in plastic and mistaking tiny pieces for food - where it travels up the food chain and risks travelling back to our plates in seafood. how has it happened that a vital life-support system for our planet has become a major dumping ground? answering that question means tracing the problem to its source. while you might be tempted to point the finger at fisheries and shipping for marine pollution, up to 80% of the plastic in the ocean actually comes from land-based sources.the largest litterer in the w






rbi to come up with plastic notes of rs 10 in five cities soon


in a move to increase the usage of plastic currency in india, the government has given a go-ahead to the reserve bank of india to conduct trials of plastic notes of rs 10 in five cities.“approval for procurement of plastic substrate and printing of bank notes of rs 10 denomination on plastic banknote substrates has been conveyed to the rbi,” said arjun ram meghwal, minister of state for finance.this is not the first time such an announcement has been made, in fact previous government had also said it will introduce plastic currency. in 2014, upa had informed the parliament that one billion plastic notes of rs. 10 denomination will be brought into use on a trail basis.the reasons for initiating plastic currency are that they last longer and at the same time reduce the chances of fake cu...






plastic bottles weighing two million tonnes sold every year by drinks companies,


more than two million tonnes of throwaway plastic soft drink bottles are sold each year - the equivalent weight of 10,000 blue whales.a survey by greenpeace found five of six global soft drinks firms sold single-use plastic bottles weighing more than two million tonnes - only 6.6% of which was recycled plastic.if figures from coca-cola, which did not disclose how many tonnes of plastic it sells, were included, the numbers would be much higher, campaigners said.single-use drinks bottles are a visible part of the problem of plastics pollution in the world’s oceans, forming the most common type of plastic packaging found washed up on shorelines globally, greenpeace said. robert marc lehmann / greenpeace plastic waste is seen washed ashore in the truk lagoon, micronesiamillions of tonn...






kenyans could face $40,000 fine in plastic bag ban


forget measly plastic bag fees — kenya has introduced hefty fines of up to $40,000 for plastic bag use. the east african country became the latest nation to completely ban plastic bags on monday, including their use, importation and manufacture. punishment for producing, selling, or even carrying plastic bags can now warrant a fine of $40,000 or four years in prison — making it the toughest such law in the world. kenyan officials pointed out that manufacturers and suppliers would be the first to be hit with any penalties ahead of citizens.de blasio open to banning plastic bags after albany blocks feekenya uses more than 24 million plastic bags every month.(hroe/getty images/istockphoto) “ordinary (people) will not be harmed,” kenya’s environment minister judy...






the arctic is a final garbage dump for ocean plastic


the arctic ocean is a final resting place for plastic debris dumped into the north atlantic ocean, new research suggests.a 2013 circumpolar expedition discovered hundreds of tons of plastic debris, from fishing lines to plastic films, ecologist andrés cózar of the university of cádiz in spain and colleagues report april 19 in science advances. while many areas remain relatively unpolluted, the density of plastic trash in the arctic waters east of greenland and north of europe rivals plastic pileups in waters closer to the equator, despite few nearby human populations. even more plastic probably lurks on the seafloor, the researchers suspect.ocean currents carried that plastic northward from the north atlantic ocean, the researchers propose. based on the kind of plastic found, the resear...






choithrams moves to paper grocery bags


no-plastic bag strategy on world environment day will reduce plastic going into landfill and endangering wildlifedubai: a major grocery firm is replacing all plastic bags in its store with paper bags to help conserve the uae ecosystem, it was announced on monday.to mark world environment day, choithrams joined with unilever officials to announce the phasing out of plastic bags at its dubai stores effective immediately.an estimated 11 billion plastic bags are used every year in the uae and the ministry of climate change and environment is working to fully implement a 2013 decision to ban all plastic bags that are non-biodegradable, the federal national council was told in march 2016.numerous campaigns over the years in the uae have been introduced to eliminate plastic bags from being dissem






goa imposes fine upto rs 5000 on plastic bags


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:may 30, 2017 11:08 pm goa chief minister manohar parrikar. (file photo)goa chief minister manohar parrikar on tuesday announced that from july onwards upto rs 5000 fine must be paid by those buying or selling plastic bags in the state. parrikar announced the measure as part of the government’s efforts to keep goa clean.he urged people to carry cloth bags more while going for shopping and said that it was once a practice before plastic bags came into use.“we need to do away with plastic bags. from july onwards if we find anyone selling or buying plastic bags he will have to pay the fine,” parrikar said at a meeting in panaji. “the fine won’t be a meagre amount. it will be hefty. it might be upto rs 5,000 for every offence. w...






delhi government faces ngt wrath over use of plastic in city


by: pti | new delhi | published:october 24, 2017 3:13 pm ngt directed the aap government to strictly implement its ban order in the city and sought a detailed status report on the issue. (file/photo)related newsthe delhi government on tuesday came under fire from the national green tribunal which rapped it over the rampant use and easy availability of plastic in the national capital, despite prohibition. a bench headed by ngt chairperson justice swatanter kumar said that despite the ban being imposed, plastic was available free of cost in every part of delhi.it directed the aap government to strictly implement its ban order in the city and sought a detailed status report on the issue.“why are you not implementing the plastic ban effectively? people are getting plastic bags for free...






rs 10 notes: approval given to rbi to print rs 10 plastic notes: government


new delhi: the government today said the rbi has been authorised to conduct field trials of plastic notes of rs 10 that have a longer life span. in a written reply in the lok sabha, minister of state for finance arjun ram meghwal said "it has been decided" to conduct a field trial with plastic banknotes at five locations of the country. "approval for procurement of plastic substrate and printing of bank notes of rs 10 denomination on plastic banknote substrates has been conveyed to the rbi," the minister said. he further said plastic notes are expected to last longer than cotton substrate based banknotes. over the years, central banks across the world have been exploring different solutions like plastic notes and other developments in banknote substrates for extending the life cycle of...






fish attraction to plastic in ocean could be risky


as you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don’t think about what the fish itself ate — but perhaps you should. more than 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. this is bad news, not only for fish but potentially also for humans who rely on fish for sustenance.fish don’t usually die as a direct result of feeding on the enormous quantities of plastic trash floating in the oceans. but that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful for them. some negative effects that scientists have discovered when fish consume plastic include reduced activity rates and weakened schooling behavior, as well as compromised liver function.most distressingly for people, toxic compounds that are associated with plastic transfer to and bioaccumulate in fish tissues. th...






plastic to outweigh fish in the sea if waste keeps flowing


more than 5tr pieces of plastic floating in world’s oceans, with more hidden in the guts of marine creatureslondonfresh from a gruelling sea journey of more than seven hours negotiating 38.6 kilometres of the world’s busiest shipping lanes on a paddle board, lizzie carr is on a mission.she recently became the first woman to cross the english channel solo on the flimsy stand-up craft, to draw attention to the “global plastic crisis”.from fishing lines to flip flops, there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, according to a 2014 study published in a public library of science journal.plastic degrades over time into tiny particles known as microplastics which can be ingested by marine life, together with plastic microbeads used in toiletries a...






9,000 kg of plastic seized since green tribunal ban, but no one knows how to get


written by aniruddha ghosal | new delhi | published:august 24, 2017 6:25 am while the govt and mcds are looking at disposal options, an sdmc official said the bags will probably end up in landfillsrelated newswith the national green tribunal (ngt) completely banning plastic “less than 50 microns”, the delhi government and the three municipal corporations have collected nearly 9,000 kg of plastic. but there’s one problem: no one knows where to dispose of it. earlier this month, the ngt had reinforced its ban and slapped a fine of rs 5,000 on anyone found in possession of non-biodegradable plastic bags.since then, the government and the mcds have been on a war footing to implement the ban. while the government said a total of 7,739 kg of plastic bags had been seized and rs 2.9...






the bad news is that fish are eating lots of plastic. even worse, they may like


as you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don’t think about what the fish itself ate — but perhaps you should. more than 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. this is bad news, not only for fish but potentially also for humans who rely on fish for sustenance.fish don’t usually die as a direct result of feeding on the enormous quantities of plastic trash floating in the oceans. but that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful for them. some negative effects that scientists have discovered when fish consume plastic include reduced activity rates and weakened schooling behavior, as well as compromised liver function.most distressingly for people, toxic compounds that are associated with plastic transfer to and bioaccumulate in fish tissues. th...






pune: environment-conscious citizens at forefront of battle against plastic wast


written by garima mishra | pune | published:may 13, 2017 12:44 pm plastic waste collection at bhimashankar with forest officials. the pune municipal corporation is yet to find a decisive solution to the problem of increasing plastic waste, but a few environment-conscious puneites are doing their bit to save the environment.rudra environmental solutions in 2009, medha tadpatrikar and her friend shirish phadtare were visiting a wildlife sanctuary when they witnessed the death of a deer after eating plastic. disturbed by the incident, the duo decided to do something about the issue. in 2010, they installed a plastic recycling plant that used thermo catalytic de-polymerisation technology to convert waste plastic to fuel.in 2014, they launched a second plant, and then another in 2016.






what will our children's future look like if we continue to choke our planet wit


i realised in mumbai, where i launched the sky ocean rescue campaign earlier this year, that we are all sleep-walking into a man-made crisis. almost all of the plastic ever made still exists, only 5% of plastic is recycled worldwide, and the world's oceans are the gateway which connects what we throw away to far flung places. as i stood on a once beautiful indian beach, which is now drowning in plastic, i asked myself what on earth we are doing to our planet? this has been my motivation to take on the difficult challenge of giving up single-use plastics for two weeks. the average family uses 55kg of plastic every year and 40% of it is only used once. much of it is designed to make life convenient and easy, so for a mum-on-the-run with a demanding job, i expected to see my life made signif.






madhya pradesh: no plastic or polythene bags from may 1


by: express web dek | bhopal | updated: april 11, 2017 4:21 pm from may 1, plastic or polythene bags will be banned in madhya pradesh (express photo)plastic or polythene bags will be banned in madhya pradesh from may 1. as the consumption of plastic bags causes a large number of cow deaths, the government chaired by the chief minister shivraj singh chouhan has approved the proposal of imposing the ban from may 1, said  public relations department minister narottam mishra“the cows eat polythene/plastic bags, which leads to their death. banning of polythene use will protect their lives. besides, the plastic/polythene bags are also harmful for the environment,” he said.regarding the implementation of the ban, mishra said that the government has to chalk out of a plan, adding that th...






plastic to outweigh fish in the sea if waste keeps flowing


more than 5tr pieces of plastic floating in world’s oceans, with more hidden in the guts of marine creaturesa boy collects plastic for resale at marunda beach in jakarta.londonfresh from a gruelling sea journey of more than seven hours negotiating 38.6 kilometres of the world’s busiest shipping lanes on a paddle board, lizzie carr is on a mission.she recently became the first woman to cross the english channel solo on the flimsy stand-up craft, to draw attention to the “global plastic crisis”.from fishing lines to flip flops, there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, according to a 2014 study published in a public library of science journal.a beach in the azores is pictured littered with plastic garbage. unilever says it has developed new...






crock - can i use a plastic tub to ferment sauerkraut?


i ferment in plastic tupperware all the time. as long as it's a food-safe plastic (bpa free is what you want i think), you should be fine. that said, if it's just the one tub, i'm not sure it's worth it, unless you devote an entire shelf of your fridge to kraut and the tub fits perfectly. (and even then i'd recommend getting a set of smaller, stackable containers instead. that way you could take one out at a time and not disturb/introduce outside air to the rest of your kraut.) here are some things i know about fermenting in plastic tupperware. i hope you like text.one is that you will likely never be able to use that tub for anything else again, ever, unless you're okay with whatever else you put in it smelling like kraut. one time i whipped some cream in a tupperware i had stored k...






east fremantle set to become first council in wa to ban plastic bags


east fremantle has got the jump on its neighbours fremantle, to become the first council in wa to outlaw plastic bags.early in the week, the tiny municipality voted to introduce the town of east fremantle plastic bag reduction local law 2017, which if given the tick of approval by the new mcgowan government will come into effect in 180 days. east fremantle council could soon wave goodbye to plastic bags. photo: tamara voninskiany business caught selling or providing single-use plastic bags in the town after the law comes into affect could be slugged with a $2500 fine.east fremantle council shouldn't have too much trouble getting the town to become a plastic bag free zone, with environment minister stephen dawson earlier this month saying the labor government was keen to phase them o...






kenya bans plastic bags, threatening 4 years imprisonment and huge fines


kenyans who produce, sell and even use plastic bags will risk four years in prison and fines in the world's toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution. (reuters)rejecting a plea from manufacturers that the production of plastic bags creates jobs, kenya's high court on monday paved the way for the world's strongest ban on plastic bags to come into full effect.the law, representing kenya's third attempt at a ban in the past decade, comes with harsh penalties. for now, they are aimed mostly at manufacturers and suppliers, but police are allowed to go after people who are simply carrying them. the highest penalties could include four years in prison and up to $40,000 in fines.a man walks across the ngong town dumping site southwest of nairobi and carries used plastic containers that...






uncertified professionals offering plastic surgery on #instagram


always read the fine print, or dig a little deeper. before they dig into you. it’s true, your cosmetic surgery could get botched by someone unqualified to be doing the procedure in the first place. according to a new study from northwestern medicine, many practices advertising plastic surgery on social media are not board-certified plastic surgeons, the chicago tribune reports. the study is out wednesday in the aesthetic surgery journal. the study uncovered that some of the top posts on instagram came from dentists, spas and even a hair salon.nyc mom dies after failed plastic surgeries in dominican republicthis stock image shows a side view of a patient who’s preparing for plastic surgery. a doctor draws correcting lines on her skin. a recent study shows that many offe...






goa govt goes green, minimises use of plastic during functions


by: pti | panaji | published:october 2, 2017 2:32 pm goa cm manohar parrikar advocated the need for cleanliness and reduction of plastic usage during the event to commemorate birthday of mahatma gandhi. (file)top newsin an effort to go green, the goa government has decided to minimise the use of environmentally hazardous plastic on different occasions including the state functions. chief minister manohar parrikar had instructed all the departments to reduce the use of plastics including during the functions organised by the state government.“the results (of minimising use of plastic) are now showing up,” pointed out parrikar. “almost 15-days back i had appealed to the state authorities that during government functions flowers or bouquets should not be wrapped in a plastic. the s...






exxon mobil completes massive plastics expansion near houston


exxon mobil said monday it has completed a large plastics plant expansion in mont belvieu as part of a massive, multibillion-dollar petrochemical growth effort in the houston area.exxon mobil said it finished mechanical construction of two plastics facilities at its existing plant that will add 1.3 million metric tons of annual capacity to manufacture the world’s most common plastic, polyethylene. the plastic is created in the form of tiny plastic resin balls to be shipped overseas to meet the rapidly growing demand in nation’s with expanding middle classes like china and india.the new plastic facilities won’t begin operation until some point in the third quarter of the year. a massive ethane cracker plant expansion is still under construction at exxon mobil’s large baytown complex...






used for 12 minutes, a plastic bag takes 1000 years to break down


we've long known that plastic bags are one of the biggest sources of pollution on the planet. more than 10 million bags are used in australia every day. on average a plastic bag is used for 12 minutes and each one takes 1000 years to break down. the changing face of julia robertsvideo duration00:36previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:01waleed aly's war on plastic bagswaleed aly's war on plastic bagsin an editorial on the project, waleed aly takes aim at plastic bags and encourages viewers to lobby state premiers.the changing face of julia robertsvideo duration00:36video duration00:36the changing face of julia robertsthe changing face of julia robertspeople magazine has named julia roberts "'world's most beautiful woman' for the fifth time".will smith to voice the genie?video ...






plastic to outweigh fish in the sea if waste keeps flowing


more than 5tr pieces of plastic floating in world’s oceans, with more hidden in the guts of marine creatures






an open letter to topshop about its clear plastic jeans


dear topshop,we were browsing the internet on this public holiday in australia, when we learnt you have released a pair of totally see-through plastic jeans. topshop has released a pair of clear plastic 'jeans', which cost about $100. photo: topshopit's hard to know what's more shocking – the fact you call these plastic leg coverings shaped like pants "jeans", or that they cost nearly $100.after all, no one would call a poncho a piece of clothing and get away with it. they sell them at 7-eleven for heaven's sake.photo gallerythe ugliest shoes of all timebut since you're determined to call these plastic leg coverings jeans, in the same way moschino calls a roll of toilet paper a bag or balenciaga can release a $2700 bag that looks like an ikea shopper, we will play along....






an open letter to topshop about its clear plastic jeans


dear topshop,we were browsing the internet on this public holiday in australia, when we learnt you have released a pair of totally see-through plastic jeans. topshop has released a pair of clear plastic 'jeans', which cost about $100. photo: topshopit's hard to know what's more shocking – the fact you call these plastic leg coverings shaped like pants "jeans", or that they cost nearly $100.after all, no one would call a poncho a piece of clothing and get away with it. they sell them at 7-eleven for heaven's sake.photo gallerythe ugliest shoes of all timebut since you're determined to call these plastic leg coverings jeans, in the same way moschino calls a roll of toilet paper a bag or balenciaga can release a $2700 bag that looks like an ikea shopper, we will play along....






the pristine arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic


scientists find human waste and strong ocean currents are to blame for 300 billion pieces of floating plastic in the arctic ocean. (taylor turner/the washington post)drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world’s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of greenland and north of scandinavia.in 2013, as part of a seven-month circumnavigation of the arctic ocean, scientists aboard the research vessel tara documented a profusion of tiny pieces of plastic in the greenland and barents seas, where the final limb of the gulf stream system delivers atlantic waters northward. the researchers dub this region the “dead end for floating plastics” after their long surf of th...






sale of plastic rice: 'plastic rice' cooks up a storm in andhra pradesh, telanga


hyderabad / visakhapatnam: rumours of alleged sale of plastic rice at some grocery stores caused jitters among the people+ of telangana and andhra pradesh on tuesday. two days after a customer found plastic rice being used in a biryani point in saroornagar in hyderabad, another customer, this time from meerpet, approached the local police on tuesday claiming that the rice which he bought from a grocery store turned out to be a plastic one. by the evening, task force officials of the civil supplies department raided the shop in meerpet and seized samples which are now being examined. meanwhile, rumours went viral on social media that plastic rice+ was being sold on a large-scale at various stores in andhra pradesh triggering panic among the public. read this...






sale of plastic rice: 'plastic rice' cooks up a storm in andhra pradesh, telanga


hyderabad/visakhapatnam: rumours of alleged sale of plastic rice at some grocery stores caused jitters among the people+ of telangana and andhra pradesh on tuesday. two days after a customer found plastic rice being used in a biryani point in saroornagar in hyderabad, another customer, this time from meerpet, approached the local police on tuesday claiming that the rice which he bought from a grocery store turned out to be a plastic one. by the evening, task force officials of the civil supplies department raided the shop in meerpet and seized samples which are now being examined. meanwhile, rumours went viral on social media that plastic rice+ was being sold on a large-scale at various stores in andhra pradesh triggering panic among the public. meerpet pol...






plastic bag ban or levy on the cards for western australia


the days for plastic bags in supermarkets look to be numbered in wa with a push to phase out single-use bags or making customers pay a levy for using them.wa environment minister stephen dawson told 6pr's morning program he was concerned over the impact of waste plastic bags created.nat fyfe off to saint kilda?video duration00:47previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:32wa aims to ban plastic bagswa aims to ban plastic bagswa is aiming to become the fifth state to ban single-use plastic bags. vision: today perth news. nat fyfe off to saint kilda?video duration00:47video duration00:47nat fyfe off to saint kilda?nat fyfe off to saint kilda?96fm presenter brad fitzgerald says there is a deal for fremantle's nat fyfe to move to saint kilda. is this midland's most dangerous road?video dura...






preview of urday's big 12-sec basketball challenge


p o: tony gutierrez, stf image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1baylor's johnathan motley celebrates in the second half of an ncaa college basketball game against oregon on tuesday nov. 15, 2016, in waco, texas. (ap p o/tony gutierrez)baylor's johnathan motley celebrates in the second half of an ncaa college basketball game against oregon on tuesday nov. 15, 2016, in waco, texas. (ap p o/tony gutierrez) p o: tony gutierrez, stf preview of urday's big 12-sec basketball challenge1 / 1back to gallerythe big 12-sec challenge is this weekend with all 10 big 12 teams playing an sec team on urday. here are the matchups:texas a&m at west virginia (11 a.m., espn): the lumbering aggies have had trouble with fast, aggressive teams all season, this should be no different.texas at georgia (3 p.m., esp