Plastic straws, balloons, bottle caps, bags – we've all become familiar with the images of marine debris and the beaches strewn with plastic waste that has washed up on shore. But what about fishing nets?
Plastics waste had a prominent place at this year's Davos gathering of business and political leaders, and at least for a few of the CEOs involved, there was some hope that the next decade could see real progress.
One of the top environmental debates currently raging throughout the world is whether or not to ban the use of plastics. Though many a headline or blog may read as such, that is not entirely true, for nearly every facet of society is reliant upon plastics.
After a period of relative quiet on the oxo-degradable plastics front, there have been recent signs that, in the UK at least, a new campaign is underway to sell these plastics to the British public as the ultimate solution to plastic pollution.
We all know that one of the properties plastics are renowned - or notorious - for depending on the point of view, is their hardy everlastingness. In most cases plastics, to paraphrase a slogan, are forever.
UK's Omega Plastics writes that “it's easy to point the finger when it comes to what is damaging the environment.” The company ask: “Alongside gas-guzzling motors, plastic has been a target for many years now — but is it really as bad as it's perceived?”
While international climate policy-makers debate the implications of the recent US pull-out from the Paris climate accord, other key issues to minimising carbon emissions are not getting the attention they deserve.
Just a very short week ago today, I formally started working at Plastics News Europe as the new editor, replacing David Eldridge who, dauntingly, spent the past thirteen years fulfilling the role with creativity and skill. A tough act to follow!