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US Consumer Giants collaborate on biodegradeable plastic project

coke_dasani_200Coca-Cola, Ford Motor, Heinz, Nike, and Procter & Gamble have now confirmed that they will work together on a new Plant Polyethylene Terephthalate Technology Collaborative, PTC, in order to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable plant-based plastics.

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Ban on plastic bags at L.A. markets is approved

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Los Angeles became the largest city in the USA Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean.

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How Ireland bagged it

Irish_bagIn March of 2002, Republic of Ireland became the first country to introduce a plastic bag fee, or PlasTax. Designed to rein in their rampant consumption of 1.2 billion plastic shopping bags per year, the tax resulted in a 90% drop in consumption, and approximately 1 billion fewer bags were consumed annually. To complete the win-win scenario, approximately $9.6 million was raised from the tax in the first year, which is earmarked for a green fund established to benefit the environment. Several other countries and cities around the world are now considering implementing a similar tax, including UK, Australia and New York City.

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UK’s newest electric cars turning heads at last

Vauxhall_amperaSitting outside the Barley Mow on Tilford village cricket ground, a group of early evening drinkers swing their gaze from left to right, as earnestly as fans of Andy Murray on Centre Court.

Indeed, what they're watching has just flashed past with the quiet fizz of a tennis ball.

But this isn't Wimbledon.

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New Zoning Proposal Could Bring 1,200 Acres of Rooftop Farms to NYC

NYC_rooftop_farmA new proposal by the Department of City Planning would allow commercial buildings throughout the city to be topped with rooftop farms or greenhouses without increasing the building's floor area ratio and height restrictions.

 

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Study: The Environmental Value of Building Reuse

Building_Reuse_report_Jan_2012A report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse.
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