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.
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Inland waterways must be routinely monitored for microplastic pollution New research  by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth has found microplastic pollution in some of Britain’s most iconic and remote rivers and lakes.
People across the UK are being urged to take the #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge and find out how long they can go without using pointless plastic.
The government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, published today, could significantly cut waste and boost recycling, Friends of the Earth said today – but only if clear targets and action are included.
Manchester Friends of the Earth are inviting people to have a plastic-free festive season this year. The group have produced a colourful Plastic-Free Christmas newsletter packed full with fantastic ideas for top plastic-free swaps, how to shop for a plastic-free … Continue reading
Party season is in full swing, and while Christmas is yet to pass there will certainly be many of us turning our attention to the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve.
Upcoming government waste strategy must act on ‘invisible’ microplastics pollution Car tyres responsible for thousands of tonnes of UK plastic pollution – Friends of the Earth report Up to 19,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution could be entering UK waterways every … Continue reading
On Tuesday 20th November, Manchester Friends of the Earth invite people to a screening of “A Plastic Ocean” – a film that powerfully presents the problem of plastic pollution. The film shows the devastation caused to our environment and how … Continue reading
Christmas will be here before we know it, with some people way ahead of the game when it comes to organising parties and shopping for gifts.
Sign our petition for a future free of single-use plastics in Greater Manchester!