Waste & Resources
Since its invention, the production of plastic has been growing almost exponentially. Today, 4 percent of the world’s oil goes directly toward its production, with another 4 percent being used to supply the necessary energy to produce plastic.
That alone makes plastic a material that isn’t particularly environmentally friendly. Furthermore, a lot of plastic is used to make disposable products rather than lasting ones. Half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is used only once.
Recognising that littering and ocean plastic pollution are urgent problems, our campaign Plastic-Free Takeaways asks take-away businesses in Levenshulme to stop using plastic food and drinks containers and cutlery, and instead offer compostable eco-friendly alternatives.
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Revealed: Unreported and harmful emissions from incinerators across England (UK Without Incineration Network)
Harmful emissions from incinerators are going unreported says new research which highlights serious public health failings. Copies of the full report can be read here: http://ukwin.org.uk/bin from 10:30am today
People are being urged to mark World Oceans Day today [8 June] by helping to reduce the tsunami of plastic waste pouring into our seas.
Friends of the Earth plastics campaigner Julian Kirby reacting to today’s launch of the UK Plastics Pact – a commitment by 42 businesses to tackle plastic pollution.
Young Friends of the Earth Manchester are holding their first ever event, a sustainable fashion fair, on Saturday 28th April from 12 noon until 4pm. The event aims to bring people together to help them understand how fast fashion can … Continue reading
Friends of the Earth responds to news that the government could ban plastic straws and cotton buds in England
Plastics role in avoiding food waste may have been over-estimated. Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe Brussels, April 10 – A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in … Continue reading
Tough measures still needed to turn tide of plastic pollution
Michael Gove MP has proposed a new scheme which aims to increase the recycling of drinks containers.
The Plastic-Free Takeaways campaign team held their first stall at the Levenshulme market on Saturday the 24th of March. Ali, Lucie, Mirjam and Sébastien all arrived around 10am under a nice sunshine and Ian was an unexpected but appreciated addition … Continue reading
Too many Easter eggs still come wrapped up in excessive plastic packaging. Much of this harmful plastic ends up polluting our environment and threatening our wildlife. But it shouldn’t be up to us to search out the plastic-free alternatives.