byob_whatelseinbtlPlastic Bottles Are Bad for Your Health

The simple fact that Americans consume 1,500 single-serve water bottles per second made of PET plastic has sufficed to make these disposable bottles a target of environmentalists concerned about the impact of so much trash. Until very recently, however, it has been assumed that the PET bottles pose no direct health risk to humans who drink from them.

bags_california_storyBill Hoffman, owner of Aptos Jewelers in Aptos, Calif., sells bracelets, rings and pendants for thousands of dollars each. He balks at the notion of charging customers an extra 10 cents for a shopping bag, but Mr. Hoffman has no choice. It is the law.

shiner_fishIt's like beer goggles gone wrong. A common chemical used to make plastics also causes fish to indiscriminately court members of other species – behaviour that could result in interbreeding and the merger of two species.

byob_paperorplasticThe majority of people think a 5p charge on single-use carrier bags should be introduced in England to cut litter and waste, a poll suggested today.

Three-quarters of those quizzed (75%) said they would try to cut down on the use of new plastic bags if there was a 5p charge on them, according to the survey for a coalition of groups pushing the Government to bring in a bag levy in England.

bottle_recyclingDo you find yourself buying plastic beverage bottles without regret because they can be tossed in the recycling bin? Or do you justify leaving reusable bags in the car because there’s a plastic bag recycling bin at the front of the store.

Dublin_bikesIreland's capital city Dublin was the 17th city to implement a public bicycle rental scheme. At its launch in 2009, the scheme had 450 bicyles and 40 stations. By May 2011, two million journeys had been made, and plans are now afoot to expand to 5,000 bicyles  and 300 stations.

plastic-bags-300x2241Four hundred million more plastic bags were handed out by UK supermarkets last year as the campaign to reduce their use went backwards, official figures from the waste reduction body Wrap showed today.

food-waste-storyForty percent of food in the United States is never eaten, amounting to $165 billion a year in waste, taking a toll on the country's water resources and significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council released this week.

greenhomeAlmost a third of the homes in Wales will be powered by green energy, a company behind a major new wind farm project pledged yesterday.

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