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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 09:50:17 PM EST
Nestlé Philippines targets to use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025
Earlier this month, World Bank Acting Director for the Philippines Agata E. Pawlowska said in a Marine Plastics Conference that the country now has the highest rate of mismanaged plastics in the world. "There is a lack of statistics on the amount of plastic in the Philippine waters. What is known is that the amount of mismanaged plastic waste is continuously increasing, and that the plastic crisis requires urgent action," she said.

In December, House Bill No. 8692 was filed seeking a nationwide ban on single-use plastic products such as grocery bags, food packaging, water bottles, straws, cups and sachets. It is still on first reading at the House of Representatives.

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by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 11:08:31 PM EST
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"rate[s] of mismanaged plastics in the world"
Garbage clogs once-clear rivers in Bosnia, govt is blamed, as is the custom
The official government line, [Eco Action president Anes] Podic said, is that citizens are reckless with their garbage.

"The truth is quite the opposite," he insisted. "The government hasn't been able to sort out one of its basic tasks and that is collection of garbage."

It's not me.

'upcycling', 'downcycling', recycling waste plastics
"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."

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by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 03:55:37 PM EST
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Marine Layer's recycled T-shirts could transform fashion
There are a few unique parts of Recover's process. One is that Recover separates fibers by color, then through a proprietary color-matching process, re-creates each color. This approach means that the factory does not need to use any chemicals or dyes in the process, which are often toxic. Marine Layer's Re-Spun T-shirt line has many colorful patterns. This required many T-shirts of each color. "What we found is that the color is not as consistent as it would be if we gave the factory a Pantone color card and asked them to just create a match," Natenshon says. "But we kind of like that there are variations in color and that each batch gives them soul and character."

The other unusual part of the process is that it requires no water. Recover does not even use water to clean the old clothes: They are industrially cleaned using ultraviolet rays at the fiber level. Meanwhile, one kilogram (or 2.2 pounds) of virgin cotton requires 15,000 of water to turn into fabric, according to a study from the University of Valencia. This includes the farming, processing, and dyeing process.

by generic on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 11:44:22 AM EST
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