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Explained: How COVID-19 contributed to plastic pollution and overwhelmed waste management system
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Explained: How COVID-19 contributed to plastic pollution and overwhelmed waste management system

In the past year, in the midst of an unfolding catastrophe like the coronavirus pandemic, we've also added more plastic to our daily use: PPE kits, gloves, face shields, N95 masks

COVID exposed the broken system of the plastic production and recycling sector: Here’s how we can fix it
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COVID exposed the broken system of the plastic production and recycling sector: Here’s how we can fix it

Since before the pandemic, governments worldwide have shown a tendency to seek quick-fix solutions to plastic pollution in order to signal a decisive stance on sustainability.

Insidious danger: Microplastics have made their way to the remotest corners of earth
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Insidious danger: Microplastics have made their way to the remotest corners of earth

Even pristine rain and snow now contain a cocktail of different types of microplastics, chemicals, natural and artificial particles

Cost of cleaning up plastic pollution around the world in 2019 amounted to $3.7 trillion: WWF report
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Cost of cleaning up plastic pollution around the world in 2019 amounted to $3.7 trillion: WWF report

WWF said societies were "unknowingly subsiding" plastic, with their estimates for the lifetime costs of 2019 production equivalent to more than India's GDP.

Migratory animals are 'most vulnerable' to plastic pollution, microplastics finds UN Asia-Pacific regional report
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Migratory animals are 'most vulnerable' to plastic pollution, microplastics finds UN Asia-Pacific regional report

Researchers cited estimates that 80 percent of the plastic that ends up in the oceans originates on land -- with rivers thought to play a key role in carrying debris out to sea.

Indian moves to phase out single-use plastic items by 2022: Here are all the plastic items that will be banned
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Indian moves to phase out single-use plastic items by 2022: Here are all the plastic items that will be banned

India generates around 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste per day and approximately 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste per year.

UN exhibition showcases 28 images of plastic pollution around the world
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UN exhibition showcases 28 images of plastic pollution around the world

Plastic waste can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose, and even then, it never fully disappears; it just gets smaller and smaller.

No end in sight: Sri Lanka faces its worst marine crisis as plastic from burning ship washes ashore
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No end in sight: Sri Lanka faces its worst marine crisis as plastic from burning ship washes ashore

Sri Lanka's MEPA said the microplastic pollution could cause years of ecological damage to the island.

Market for environment-friendly chocolates grows, as brands adopt low-waste processes, socially conscious attitude
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Market for environment-friendly chocolates grows, as brands adopt low-waste processes, socially conscious attitude

Among the concerns that businesses are focused on to reduce environmental impact are low waste packaging, sourcing from organic farms, and using low-energy machinery.

Plastic pollution: How can chemical recycling technology help fix this global issue?
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Plastic pollution: How can chemical recycling technology help fix this global issue?

Plastics are here to stay and production expected to exceed one billion tonnes by 2050, chemical recycling is promising.

Plastic pollution: What happens to the plastic after it enters the ocean?
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Plastic pollution: What happens to the plastic after it enters the ocean?

Around ten million tonnes enter the ocean, but scientists estimate that only about 0.3 million tonnes of plastic is floating at the ocean surface.

Many fish species, including those that are consumed by humans, are eating plastic
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Many fish species, including those that are consumed by humans, are eating plastic

There is evidence that that microplastics and even smaller particles called nano plastics move from a fish’s stomach to its muscle tissue, which is the part humans typically eat.

Ocean pollution is a mix of plastic, chemicals, toxic metals and is a clear danger to human health
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Ocean pollution is a mix of plastic, chemicals, toxic metals and is a clear danger to human health

More than ten million tonnes of plastic enter the seas every year; they are made of chemicals that interfere with hormones, cause cancer, birth defects, and reduced fertility.

Thailand recycle ghost nets into useful plastic items to fight coronavirus pandemic
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Thailand recycle ghost nets into useful plastic items to fight coronavirus pandemic

Net Free Seas has salvaged 15 tons of waste netting from sea waters in its first year of operation.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé are named world's top plastic polluters for third year in a row
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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé are named world's top plastic polluters for third year in a row

The top three plastic polluters India this year according to data received from 2018 - 2020 is Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Ltd, Unilever and Britannia.

Babies that are bottle-fed consume 1.6 million pieces of microplastic every day: study
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Babies that are bottle-fed consume 1.6 million pieces of microplastic every day: study

Over a 21-day test period, the team found that the bottles released between 1.3 and 16.2 million plastic microparticles per litre.

Around the world, 14 million tonnes of microplastics litter the ocean floors: CSIRO report
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Around the world, 14 million tonnes of microplastics litter the ocean floors: CSIRO report

The report said that areas with more floating rubbish generally had more microplastic fragments on the seafloor.

World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report
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World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report

Plastic production has increased around four percent every year since 2000 and the industry expects that rate of growth to continue, driven mainly by emerging economies.

Tackling menstruation sustainably: How India's battle to provide environment-friendly sanitary pads is far from won
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Tackling menstruation sustainably: How India's battle to provide environment-friendly sanitary pads is far from won

Though the Suvidha Initiative, which Narendra Modi championed in his Independence Day Speech, helped improve access to affordable sanitary pads, the oxo-degradable pads do not meet environmental quality standards

The world dumped 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste last year and recycled only 17.4 percent
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The world dumped 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste last year and recycled only 17.4 percent

China was the biggest contributor to e-waste with 10.1 million tonnes, second was US with 6.9 million tonnes and India third with 3.2 million tonnes.