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How plastics are being reinvented for the future

Though widely maligned and criticised, plastics are not only here to stay – they’re also essential for our future, says UK sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams whose company is about to launch what it claims is a bio degradable plastic.

Why plastics need to be eliminated – urgently

Researchers, circular economy businesses, producers, community advocates, local councils and federal and state environment minister will hopefully join to eliminate highly polluting and non biodegradable plastics from our environment.

Want better concrete? Just add plastic

Concrete infused with plastic can create stronger, more flexible structures, reducing the material’s global carbon footprint and redirecting plastics from landfill, according to a study by MIT students.

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Communities take control of their plastic footprint

The Beyond Plastic Pollution conference at Darling Harbour in Sydney this week announced aims to move beyond banning plastic bags to banning other forms of disposable plastics such as coffee cups, straws and takeaway containers.

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On why we’ve had enough of greenwash and plastic

News from the front desk: No 395 – Plastic is no longer fantastic – because it’s now creating a serious ecological burden that no one can ignore. The major supermarkets have…

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Waste revolution spawns food-packaging alternatives

Food packaging remains a sticking point for the circular economy. Plastic is so entrenched in the food production cycle that avoiding it when sourcing groceries and takeaway food is almost impossible.

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The toxic face of PVC manufacturing exposed

The building design sector should be careful when selecting building and furnishing materials containing PVC, with a new report finding mercury, asbestos, PFAS chemicals and other hazardous substances in the footprint of some chlorine-based materials.

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Can bio plastic play a role in the circular economy transition?

The Fifth Estate caught up with sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams at the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo in Sydney a year after he first flagged his company’s recyclable, biodegradable and non-toxic plastic in a Spinifex column.