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Mutant Enzyme Debuts at World Plastics Summit

University of Portsmouth Professor John McGeehan at the Diamond Light Source, July 29, 2016 (Photo courtesy Dr. John McGeehan) Creative Commons license via Wikipedia

MONACO, April 13, 2022 (Maximpact.com Sustainability News) – “The plastics pollution crisis is one of the most urgent challenges of our time,” warned Professor John McGeehan as he co-chaired the very first World Plastics Summit last week at the Novotel Monte Carlo Hotel as part of Monaco Ocean Week 2022.

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Monaco Ocean Week Buoys the Blue Economy

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MONACO, March 26, 2022 (Maximpact.com Sustainability News) – The millionaires, scientists and sailors of Monaco have been laser focused this week on ocean conservation as the heartbeat of the “blue economy.” Just concluded, Monaco’s annual Ocean Week offered, in the words of host HSH Prince Albert II, “a unique framework for exchanges, meetings, experiments and openness.”

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Finding Microbes That Feast on Plastic Waste

Beach plastic collected in one week on a beach in Ayrshire, Scotland, February 10, 2020 (Photo by Beth Moon) Creative commons license via Flickr

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, December 30, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – Is it possible that waste plastic – so toxic, so pervasive – could just – disappear? If so, this feat will likely be accomplished by microbial enzymes, creatures so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye.

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Africa Takes Action Against Plastic Pollution

UNEP's Clean Seas project dhow, Flip-Flopi, clad in plastic made entirely from flip flops found on Kenya's beaches. (Photo courtesy UN Environment Programme) Posted for media use

Kenya’s national government and the country’s 47 lower level county governments are jointly establishing a plastic waste management program – one that could be scaled and replicated across the East African community and beyond. It’s just the latest step in Kenya’s evolving journey from a plastic-strewn country to one of the cleanest in Africa.

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Controlling The Rising Tide of Plastics

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The United States, the world’s largest exporter of plastic waste, is making renewed efforts to handle its waste plastic in environmentally-conscious ways, but despite these efforts, American plastics are flooding into poorer countries, causing public health and environmental concerns.

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Healing the Plastic-Sick Seas

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More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually around the world, yet less than 10 percent of all plastic is recycled. Instead, at least eight million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans each year, equal to a garbage truck every minute.

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Dealing with the world’s waste crisis

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While the world produces billions of tonnes of rubbish every year, it is estimated that only 16% of this is recycled while a massive 46% is disposed of unsustainably. As the amount of waste they produce increases, countries do not have the appropriate systems in place and are struggling to deal with the efficient collection and disposal of waste.

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Turning the Plastic Tide

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Around the world, almost one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. As the environmental impact of that plastic tide swells into a political issue, packaged goods sellers and retailers, pressured to stem the flow of single-use bottles and containers, are coming up with new ideas and technologies to solve the problem.

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Supermarkets Purge Plastic With Shoppers’ Help

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A London supermarket today became one of the world’s first to introduce dedicated Plastic Free Zones. The Thornton’s Budgens store in Camden’s Belsize Park has assembled more than 1,700 plastic-free products and displays them in marked zones.

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Europe Bans Plastics for Ocean Health

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The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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Pacific Gyre Could Be Plastic-Free by 2028

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A new ocean cleanup prototype is being deployed on the North Sea today. With it the nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup prepares to launch the first ocean plastics cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer.

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EU Circular Strategy Incorporates Plastics

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All plastic packaging on the market across the EU will be recyclable by 2030 under the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics adopted by the European Commission earlier this month, “A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.”

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