Eight months on, is the world’s most drastic plastic bag ban working?

Waterways are clearer, the food chain is less contaminated with plastic — and there are fewer “flying toilets”. A year after Kenya announced the world’s toughest ban on plastic bags, and eight months after it was introduced, the authorities are claiming victory — so much so that other east African nations Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and […]

Plastic straws: Call for government to rethink policy

A woman with cerebral palsy has called for the government to consider the need of disabled people before bringing in a ban on plastic straws. Ellie Simpson, from Chesterfield, who set up her own charity, said politicians had not given proper consideration to people with disabilities who rely on plastic over other alternatives. The government […]

‘Besides ban, govt must focus on proper plastic waste disposal’

Nagpur: Even as they welcomed the state government’s recent ban on plastic, experts have pointed out that curbing plastic pollution is the need of the hour. Observing Earth Day, which has ‘End Plastic Pollution’ as this year’s theme, environmentalists stressed that proper disposal of plastic waste should be the priority. Speaking exclusively to TOI, country […]

Researchers Create Plastic-Degrading Enzyme

An international team of researchers from the United States, UK and Brazil has engineered an enzyme which can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the primary material used in the manufacture of single-use plastic beverage bottles, in some clothing, and in carpets. The research team made the breakthrough when they were examining the structure of PETase, a […]

Plastic recycling: Why are 99.75% of coffee cups not recycled?

It’s gradually becoming common knowledge that it’s not as easy to recycle your takeaway coffee cup as people may have thought. It’s the mixture of paper and plastic in their inner lining – designed to make them both heat and leakproof – that causes difficulties. There are currently only a small number of specialist plants […]