#PLAS­TIC

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PA­PER STRAWS AHOY!

A ded­i­cated pa­per straw pro­duc­tion line is to open in Ebbw Vale, Wales, ahead of the ban on sev­eral sin­gle-use plas­tic prod­ucts that’s ex­pected to come into force next year. It will be the first fac­tory of its kind for sev­eral decades.

PLAS­TIC FROM PLANTS

Biodegrad­able plas­tic made from lignin, a nat­u­ral glue found in plant stems, may be avail­able in the next five years. Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of War­wick have de­vel­oped a method of treat­ing lignin with a bac­te­ria called Rhodococ­cus jostii to pro­duce a durable biodegrad­able plas­tic.

PA­PER BAGS FOR PRO­DUCE

Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket is rein­tro­duc­ing brown pa­per bags for loose fruit and veg­etable pur­chases as part of a move it says will save around 150 mil­lion small plas­tic bags from be­ing used ev­ery year. The bags will be made from 100 per cent re­cy­clable pa­per and will be avail­able in all of the su­per­mar­ket chain’s 493 stores by the end of sum­mer.

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