Solving Plastic Pollution and Climate Change Simultaneously

Plastics contain and leach hazardous chemicals, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that threaten human health. An authoritative new report, Plastics, EDCs, & Health, from the Endocrine Society and the IPEN (International Pollutants Elimination Network), presents a summary of international research on the health impacts of EDCs and describes the alarming healthContinue Reading

a chart showing the number of electric vehicles in use

Global stock of electric vehicles (EVs) could reach 245 million units by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency. While EVs emit less CO2, their batteries are tough to recycle. Made from cobalt, lithium and nickel, the mining of these raw materials raises ethical and environmental concerns. Creating a circularContinue Reading

Deposit return systems are a key part of solving the plastic paradox

The following is a guest piece by Elizabeth Balkan, the Americas director at circular economy platform Reloop. Deposit return systems (DRSs) play a key role in the recycling chain for manufacturers and packaging and recycling companies, the importance of which has become more apparent during COVID-19. But the scope of thatContinue Reading

Plastic pandemic: Solving single-use plastics

Two pandemics swept the world in 2020. The second – the growing use of single-use plastic as a COVID-safe measure – was considerably less reported, but no less dangerous. At a glance Safety measures implemented during the pandemic have boosted the usage of single-use plastic, adding to an existingContinue Reading