USA and UK scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme that could solve pollution

WORLD - Scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States have said they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution, according to Reuters. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in…

Plastic food packaging fails in tackling environmental food waste

EUROPE - Plastic food packaging has failed to reduce food waste, but rather seems to be compounding the food waste problem in Europe, where packaging and waste has doubled between 2004 and 2014. In a new study published by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, food waste doubled to an estimated…

Nestle announces plan to make its packaging 100% recyclable or re-usable by 2025

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé, a Swiss transnational food and drink company has announced its ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Nestlé believes that there is an urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the environment, with a vision that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in…

Nampak considers selling its glass unit amid competition in beverage can market

SOUTH AFRICA - Nampak Ltd, the South African plastics bottle manufacturing company has welcomed proposal to sell its glass division in a way to create a more profitable business and address a skills gap, report Reuters. In addition to inconsistent electricity supply and insufficient technical skills at its glass division, the group highlighted that it…

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade – UK Govt report

WORLD - Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns. The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and…

WHO launches review into potential risks of plastic in drinking water

UK - WHO has launched a health review into the dangers associated with plastic sin drinking water; assess the latest research into the spread and impact of so-called microplastics - particles that are small enough to be ingested. According to BBC, this review comes after journalism organisation Orb Media found plastic particles in many major brands of…

UK public tax consultation to introduce tax on single-use plastics

UK - In a bid to tackle plastic pollution, UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond has launched a public consultation on single-use plastics tax in the middle of an outrage to tackle the impact of plastic pollution on the environment. At the same time, he unveiled a US$24.73 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop…

Aldi to remove single-use plastic bags, unveils plastics plan

UK - Aldi, the UK supermarket chain has pledged to remove single use US$0.062 plastic bags and use US$0.11 reusable bags made from plastic waste by the end of the year. In addition, the retail giant said that was planning to use recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for all of its own-label products by 2022…