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Why I Love Plastic-Free Bite Toothpaste Bits

Ever since Lush reverted to packaging its Toothy Tabs toothpaste tablets in plastic containers instead of compostable cardboard boxes, I’ve been brushing my teeth with plain baking soda mixed with essential oils. (I pour a bit in the palm of my hand and run my wet toothbrush through it.) This method is fine, and cheap, but I missed the convenience of the tablets, especially while travelling. Finally — well, okay, I may be a few months late to this party

Jules Thin Crust – Setting an Example for Zero Waste Restaurants

Last month, the City of Berkeley, CA, unanimously passed the nation’s most ambitious, comprehensive ordinance on disposable plastic foodware to date.  The new law requires that: Disposable items like utensils, straws, lids, and sleeves may only be provided upon request or at a self-serve station, not automatically. Food vendors must provide compost bins for customers. All disposable takeout foodware must be 100% BPI certified compostable by January 1, 2020. All vendors must charge $0.25 cents for hot

Easy Bulk Shopping with the Goods Holding Company System

Using our own containers to buy foods from bulk bins is one of the primary ways to avoid plastic packaging while grocery shopping. But it’s not always easy, especially when you’re just beginning your plastic-free journey. First, you have to find shops in your area that offer foods from bulk bins, and then you need to find out how they handle customers’ containers. You only want to pay for what’s inside, so the store needs to have a way

Guest Post: Running from the Plastic Phantoms One Bold Step at a Time

The following is a guest post from Balaka B. Ghosal who contacted me last year to share her zero waste, plastic-free journey. Enjoy! Most big journeys in our lives start with a story. Mine does, too. Right after coming from India to Houston, Texas, with a six-year-old in tow, I was excited about the amazing systems and processes that worked like a well-oiled machine (or at least so it felt to me, as a new immigrant). Interstate highways

Shoes made of Ocean Plastics

Many Brands are following on the lines of Adidas  which launched its range of footwear entirely made of ocean based post consumer recyclable plastics and have already sold close to 1 million shoes since 2016. It has opened a new market for the shoe industry as it is manufactured from a Yarn developed by Parley that is made from recyclable plastic thus reducing amount of plastic waste and increasing the longevity of single use disposable post-consumer plastic. Each shoe is

Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases: study

Plastic used in everyday objects from bottles to packaging emit greenhouse gases when exposed to sunlight, according to a study released on August 1, as global concern about its impact on the world’s oceans grows. Plastic pollution has come under increased scrutiny from environmentalists as the scale of the problem has become clear – this year it emerged that a giant island made up of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean was far larger than thought. Now scientists have discovered that

After banning plastic, Maharashtra readies with buyback scheme; here’s what it means

The Maharashtra government is set to roll out a buyback scheme for waste plastic PET bottles and milk pouches. It’ll be the first state to implement a buyback depository system, joining 40 other nations. Soon, returning an empty milk pouch could fetch one 50 paise. Here’s a look at what this scheme is all about. WHAT IS MAHARASHTRA’S PLASTIC DEPOSITORY SYSTEM? Like some other states, one time use plastic and thermocol items have been banned under the Maharashtra Plastic & ThermocolProducts Act,

Bakey’s edible cutlery is Narayana Peesapaty’s solution to save the environment from plastic pollution

Narayana Peesapaty’s phone rings incessantly. Taking a break from the calls he says, “Enquiries about the product and machinery keep me busy all day. Even while I am at the factory, my staff and I get very little time to do any other work. ” Some of these phone calls are to congratulate Peesapaty for the Swachh Bharat Award, which he received on June 23 from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of World Environment Day.Apart from the congratulatory

Delhi Is The Largest Contributor To India’s 25,940 Tonnes Of Plastic Waste Every Day And Govt Is Just Sitting Idle

On World Environment Day, observed on June 5 each year, India will host “Beat Plastic Pollution” — an event in association with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in New Delhi. But beyond the veil of rhetoric, Indian cities are dirty and most of these generate thousands of tonnes of plastic waste daily which not only pollute the land but also choke our oceans.   Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a statutory organisation, which keeps an eye on pollution, said in its 2015 report