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Latest news on the environment.

Where does our plastic recycling go – UK’s dirty secrets?

Where does our plastic recycling go – UK’s dirty secrets?

We carefully sort our recycling but two-thirds of UK's plastic waste is loaded into container ships and shipped to Asia where it is often burnt or landfilled. The solutions are reducing our use, technology to recover the materials and Government policy.

One simple action to cut energy usage from kettles

One simple action to cut energy usage from kettles

How to save on your electricity bills and cut your carbon footprint from using kettles - the single biggest user of electricity of your appliances.

Artificial or real Christmas trees – which is better for the environment?

Artificial or real Christmas trees – which is better for the environment?

If you’re dreaming of a green Christmas then your choice of Christmas tree is a major decision. We weigh up the impacts of real or fake Christmas tree to help you decide which is greener.

EU approves ban on single use plastics

EU approves ban on single use plastics

The EU has voted to ban single use plastic such as plastic straws, cotton swabs, disposable plastic plates and cutlery by 2021, plus some recent programmes and books that explain the problem such as Blue Planet II, Drowning in plastic and Turning the Tide on Plastic.

15 Tips on cutting your plastic usage to reduce plastic pollution

15 Tips on cutting your plastic usage to reduce plastic pollution

Some practical tips on how to cut your personal contribution to plastic pollution. Collectively we have caused the problem and collectively we can solve it through our choices and actions

Plastic – the good, the bad and the ugly

Plastic – the good, the bad and the ugly

The good, the bad and the ugly side of using plastic for packaging and what we can do reduce its impact.

Tea bags and the hidden plastic pollution

Tea bags and the hidden plastic pollution

Most tea bags contain plastic to stop them coming apart during manufacture, storage and preparation. That makes them harder to compost, so we think loose-leaf tea is the most eco-friendly solution.

15 things you shouldn’t put in your recycle bin

15 things you shouldn’t put in your recycle bin

15 items that should never be put in your recycling bin and why.

What causes most pollution, manufacture or use of a motor car?

What causes most pollution, manufacture or use of a motor car?

Is it better for the environment to buy a new efficient car or keep your old banger on the road? We show some example life cycle analyses and what might be the best choices.

How do you like your water? Out of the tap or in a polluting single use bottle or can?

How do you like your water? Out of the tap or in a polluting single use bottle or can?

Which is better for the environment single use plastic bottles, recyclable aluminium cans or resuable plastic bottles?