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Pandemic, Plastics And The Continuing Quest For Sustainability

Pandemic, Plastics And The Continuing Quest For Sustainability

By Rachel A. Meidl The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the global economy and disrupted the waste, plastic, and recycling industries. While waste management, plastics production, and recycling sectors at first glance appear only tangentially linked to essential services, they are intimately connected to a thriving economy and critical public health roles.

Swap and Go Coffee Cups

Swap and Go Coffee Cups

Every neighbourhood in the Inner West has a trove of cafes to explore. You’ll also see single use coffee cups in use – and littering the streets, parks and gutters, headed for the Cooks River and Harbour. We have a solution to cut this waste.

Chemical recycling of plastic waste

Chemical recycling of plastic waste

Plastics do have proven benefits during their use phase – for example preservation of food loss, lightweight construction of vehicles and building insulation. Plastic waste, however, and in particular plastic waste in the context of marine littering, is perceived as a major global challenge.

Vic ‘set for container deposit scheme’

Vic ‘set for container deposit scheme’

Victoria is reportedly set to get a container deposit scheme, after being the only state or territory in Australia without such a recycling program or plans to introduce one. The scheme gives people the chance to receive cash when they recycle cans and bottles at drop-off points, typically 10 cents per item.

How your clothes become microfibre pollution in the sea

How your clothes become microfibre pollution in the sea

From the polar ice cap to the Mariana Trench 10 kilometres below the waves, synthetic microfibres spat out by household washing machines are polluting oceans everywhere. The world has woken up over the last year to the scourge of single-use plastics, from bottles and straws to ear swabs and throw-away bags, resulting in legislation to restrict or ban their use in dozens of countries.

Why sustainability and marketing are a match made in heaven

Why sustainability and marketing are a match made in heaven

Last September, outdoor adventure apparel and equipment retailer, Kathmandu, turned heads by announcing it had become a certified B Corporation. In doing so, the brand told the world it would balance purpose and profit and only make decisions that had a positive impact across its workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.

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