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9 July 2018

Straw Wars: The Fight to Rid the Oceans of Discarded Plastic


Small and lightweight, straws often never make it into recycling bins; the evidence of this failure is clearly visible on any beach. And although straws amount to a tiny fraction of ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by more

The Sipping Point

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'It’s estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.'

Environmental groups have targeted disposable drinking straws — that are not recyclable or compostable — for extinction. The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and more

War on plastic: SA seafood restaurant chain bans straws

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One of the most notorious plastic products, doing the most harm, is the ordinary drinking straw. Popular seafood franchise Ocean Basket has banned the use of straws in all its more

Could this be the Last Straw for South Africa?

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Briefing the media ahead of participating in the department’s Budget Vote debate on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister said the possible review would look at plastic products that are seen to be harmful to the more

Ocean Basket and Pernod Ricard joins ban on plastic straws


Joining the calls for a ban on straws is Pernod Ricard, a global alcoholic drinks supplier and producer, with over 45 brands under its control. Some of these brands include Absolut vodka, Havana Club rum, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Olmeca Tequila, to name a few. The beverage giant also hopes to completely stop its waste to landfills by the year more

Glass straws and fresh produce help zap plastic waste

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Although some major retailers and fast-food outlets have announced that they will be reducing their plastic footprint over the next few years, at least one restaurant group in Johannesburg is already doing more

Britain to ban sale of plastic straws in bid to fight waste

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Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May more

Last straw for McDonald's, Burger King in Mumbai plastic ban

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A spokesperson for Starbucks in India said the company complies with local laws in all of its markets and was committed to "environmental sustainability" more