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China struggles with biodegradables

China’s announcement of bans and restrictions on non-degradable plastics packaging back in January 2020 – plastics shopping bags, cutlery, e-commerce wrapping and so on – triggered a surge in production in biodegradable plastics. Ambitious deadlines were given, with a requirement for some single-use products to be replaced with degradable alternatives in less than a year. The logic behind the 2020 restrictions was that more environmentally-friendly...

Rolling back the tide – a false narrative

An influential 2015 environmental report on the impact and solutions to ocean plastics pollution has been ‘retracted’, because of what one of the publishing organisations now claims to be the ‘unfair and misleading waste colonialism narrative’ it presented – seven years after what, at the time of publication, was cited as a ‘groundbreaking’ report. The 48-page report, ‘Stemming the Tide: Land-based Strategies for a Plastic-free...

Japanese juggling act

Japanese people place great value on healthy and high-quality food, which they have traditionally preferred to buy fresh and unpackaged. Those traditions were tested...

India’s EPR looms on the horizon

In tandem with India’s amended Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2022, which are aimed at restricting or banning single-use plastics, effective 1 July 2022,...

India gets real on single-use plastics

After decades of bouncing its environmental packaging policy back and forth between state and central government, with regular trips to the judicial system for...

Stamping down on excess

In advance of two major festivals in mainland China, Dragon Boat (3 June) and Mid- Autumn Festival (10 September), the State Administration for Market...

G20 spring cleaning for Bali’s recovery

As Indonesia rolls back two years of Covid isolation, the country’s favourite tropical paradise – the ‘Island of the Gods’ – Bali is once...

Thailand revises food contact regulations

For the past year, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has been revising its regulations governing the qualities and standards of plastics food...

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