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How Environmentally friendly are Biodegradable products – EEA briefing

Biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastic products like shopping bags, packaging or drinking cups are being increasingly promoted as greener solution than traditional plastic products for consumers. But how environmentally-friendly are they? A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released today says clearer labelling and better public awareness will improve the correct disposal of the...
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A million nappies and 500,000 coffee cups are binned each day

Ireland now dumps more than €3m of food each day, new research has shown - and a new RTÉ documentary reveals the mountains of trash binned every day - including a million nappies. The documentary series reveals that it takes an army of 44,000 workers to clean up after the nation. While hotel workers are left to launder sheets stained with fake tan and make-up in the 'selfie' age, council worker...
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Total ban on plastics ‘could damage environment’

Banning plastic in a bid to cut pollution and tackle climate change could cause environmental damage, a team of academics have claimed. Green campaigners have called for reductions in plastic manufacturing or outright bans in some areas. However, the academics from Heriot-Watt University said replacing plastics with other packaging such as glass or metal could double global energy consumption.  ...
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How tiny plastic particles are polluting our soil

The millions of tons of plastic swirling around the world’s oceans have garnered a lot of media attention recently. But plastic pollution arguably poses a bigger threat to the plants and animals – including humans – who are based on land. Very little of the plastic we discard every day is recycled or incinerated in waste-to-energy facilities. Much of it ends up in landfills, where it may take u...
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