'Plastic Ocean': Installation of wasted materials into art by Tan Zi Xi (Singapore) at sam @ 8Q during the imaginarium - Over the Ocean, Under the Sea exhibition. Photo: Choo Yut Shing via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Government plans to bin the 'latte levy' could undermine Green Brexit plan

Joseph Dutton
| 15th March 2018
This week the UK government announced a consultation on introducing a tax on single-use plastics, as part of its pledge to reduce plastic waste. But earlier this month ministers stepped back from plans to introduce a charge for non-recyclable coffee cups - putting the government’s war on plastic and promise of a Green Brexit under scrutiny. JOSEPH DUTTON investigates

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Amelia Womack's week without plastic

Amelia Womack
| 19th December 2017
Green party deputy leader AMELIA WOMACK tried to cut plastic out of her life after witnessing haunting images of a bird struggling because its stomach was lined with waste. But the ingrained nature of plastic in modern society made the task much harder than expected. This is her story.

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Plastic Ocean

Elizabeth Claire Alberts
| 28th October 2013
Elizabeth Claire Alberts discovers how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a mission to clear up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ...

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Grace Lee

Why Aren’t My Fellow Americans Doing More Recycling?

Grace Lee
| 27th July 2012
Grace Lee has just spent a month in Seoul, South Korea working as an intern for the Resource Recirculation Management Division under the Climate Change and Environment Bureau of Seoul City Hall. Here’s what she has to say to her fellow US citizens about their domestic waste…

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Daisy Dumas
| 7th February 2008
Plastic rubbish gets tossed away in far-off places that we rarely get to see. Daisy Dumas assesses its impact on the world's largest floating landfill.

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Are you too well behaved

Diane Wilson
| 1st October 2004
The US authorities have allowed Formosa Plastics and other chemicals corporations to poison the waterways of the Texas Gulf Coast for decades. When local shrimp-boat operator Diane Wilson found out what was going on she single-handedly set about forcing Formosa to clean up its act.

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Oil & Security

Jeremy Smith
| 1st April 2003
The world lives under oil’s spell. Jeremy Smith reveals the extent to which the industry’s by-products have permeated our lives.

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