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Single-use Plastics Banned in Cyprus

Cyprus is taking an important step towards sustainability by banning single-use plastics, according to a law that is set to come into effect on October 1st. As a result, products such as plastic cotton swabs, cutlery, and plates among other...

“OceanHero” Funds Marine Cleanups Through Use of Search Engine

OceanHero is an organization that funds ocean-bound plastic recovery, recycling infrastructure development, and the technology to transform waste products into new goods -- all by the simple use of a search engine. OceanHero founder Marvin Burman, from Germany, describes himself...

New Device Collects Tons of Debris from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A new type of net, dubbed "Jenny," is pulling 20,000 pounds of plastic from the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," courtesy of its creator, Boyan Slat from Holland, and his organization, called The Ocean Cleanup. The Patch is not really as...

Many Reasons for Optimism for World’s Oceans and Seas

Despite ongoing threats to the the environment as a whole, there are many reasons for optimism regarding the world’s oceans and seas, according to experts. A coral reef biologist for the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History in Washington...

Greece Aims to Ban Single-Use Plastics by July 2021

The Greek government is drafting a bill that aims to ban all single-use plastics in the country by July 2021. The draft law to reduce the impact of certain plastics on the environment, with the incorporation of the relevant EU...

Greece Looks to Ban Plastic Bottles, Bags, Packaging in 2021

Greece will look to end the use of single-use plastics by July 1, 2021, according to Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis. Hatzidakis made the announcement on Saturday while attending an event announcing the partnership between the Ministry and AC...

European Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics in Europe

The European Parliament approved a new law on Wednesday which will ban single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery and straws. As a result of the new legislation, a wide range of products will be banned in the EU by...