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Face-mask that smells of bacon offers ‘heavenly’ experience
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Face-mask that smells of bacon offers ‘heavenly’ experience

And other stories from the stranger side of life
21 Oct 2020
How the West is poisoning Indonesia’s food chain
Indonesia, Waste, pollution
In Depth

How the West is poisoning Indonesia’s food chain

The Southeast Asian nation is burning mountains of imported plastic waste
14 Nov 2019
Why plastic bags may be greener than paper or cotton
A young boy collects plastic from a landfill in Cambodia
In Brief

Why plastic bags may be greener than paper or cotton

Inventor’s son says plastic bags were originally designed to save planet, despite disastrous impact today
18 Oct 2019
Instant Opinion: By-election offers route to Lib Dem revival
BRECON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 02: By-election victor and Welsh Lib Dem leader Jane Dodds MP (L) hugs Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson MP at a photocall to celebrate the victory in the Garden of th
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Instant Opinion: By-election offers route to Lib Dem revival

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 2 August
2 Aug 2019
Government plastic ban: which products are affected?
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Government plastic ban: which products are affected?

Michael Gove will ban straws, stirrers and cotton buds in crackdown on pollution
22 May 2019
Ten ways to reduce plastic waste
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Ten ways to reduce plastic waste

New report reveals that inadequate disposal of plastic may contribute to a million deaths worldwide each year
14 May 2019
Tesco launches plastic-free trial for fruit and veg
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Tesco launches plastic-free trial for fruit and veg

The month-long trial will see loose apples and avocados appearing in Extra stores in Watford and Swindon
25 Mar 2019

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Are plastic toys dangerous?
Toys, Christmas
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Are plastic toys dangerous?

EU regulator reveals hundreds of products available in the UK contain chemicals that may cause cancer and infertility
19 Dec 2018
Why 90.5% has been declared the best statistic of 2018
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
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Why 90.5% has been declared the best statistic of 2018

Facts about environment, Jaffa Cakes and Kylie Jenner star in list produced by the Royal Statistical Society
18 Dec 2018
Single-use named as word of the year by Collins Dictionary
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
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Single-use named as word of the year by Collins Dictionary

‘Gammon’, ‘Gaslight’, ‘Backstop’ and ‘MeToo’ all make the annual list as well
7 Nov 2018
How plastic particles end up in our bodies
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
In Depth

How plastic particles end up in our bodies

International study finds traces of plastics in the faeces of every human tested
23 Oct 2018
US vets untangle 'Gordian Knot' of squirrels
Squirrels
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US vets untangle 'Gordian Knot' of squirrels

Wildlife centre operates to save animals’ tails that became entwined with each other and their nest
17 Sep 2018
Where does your recycling really end up?
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Where does your recycling really end up?

Millions of tons of UK waste sent abroad may end up in landfill, warns watchdog
23 Jul 2018
Al-Shabaab terror group announces ban on plastic bags
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Al-Shabaab terror group announces ban on plastic bags

Single-use bags ‘pose a threat to wellbeing of humans and animals’, says Islamist leader
3 Jul 2018
Are paper bags really better for the planet?
Brown paper bag
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Are paper bags really better for the planet?

Morrisons has ditched plastic produce bags for paper - but the environmental benefits are far from clear-cut
26 Jun 2018
Plastic contamination ‘killing the human race’
Volvo Ocean Race
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Plastic contamination ‘killing the human race’

New research uncovers microplastics in every corner of the planet
26 Jun 2018
Wet wipes face ban in plastics crackdown
1950s woman removing make-up
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Wet wipes face ban in plastics crackdown

Government acts amid reports of sewer blockages and clogged riverbeds
8 May 2018
Boston Tea Party becomes first chain to ban disposable cups
Disposable coffee cups
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Boston Tea Party becomes first chain to ban disposable cups

‘We need to stop right now,’ says company’s owner ahead of total ban on takeaway cups
24 Apr 2018
Scientists ‘accidentally’ create plastic-eating enzyme
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
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Scientists ‘accidentally’ create plastic-eating enzyme

Breakthrough follows experiments on plastic-eating bacteria found in Japan
17 Apr 2018
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