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Adidas launches new 100% recyclable vegan shoe made from ocean plastic

Adidas has expanded its range of eco-friendly vegan shoes with the launch of the Terrex Two Parley. The new offer is part of a line in partnership with Parley for the Oceans which is created entirely from plastics recovered from the ocean, and is 100% recyclable.  Earlier this year the sportswear giant pledged to release …

‘Reverse vending machines’ will give 20p for empty plastic bottles to encourage recycling

New machines in Scotland will offer 20p in return for empty plastic bottles in a new environmental scheme. The Government hopes that new schemes will save 196,000 plastic bottles from being dumped in the Stirling area by encouraging people to recycle. Zero Waste Scotland has released a report which reveals people living in the Stirling …

McDonald’s paper straws are ‘not recyclable’ and staff are told to throw them in the bin

When McDonald’s introduced new paper straws to replace the plastic versions, the company claimed the move was to reduce its environmental impact. But now a leaked memo has revealed the new paper straws are not recyclable at all and staff are simply being told to throw them in the bin. The classic plastic straws were …

New Zealand government encourages plant-based eating

New Zealand’s government has included the promotion of plant-based eating in a groundbreaking report into the future of its health sector and sustainability. The Ministry of Health published report titled Sustainability and the Health Sector, which looks into the carbon footprint of hospitals and other healthcare providers. It suggests introducing new vegan menus, encouraging people …

India’s tiger population rises to 3,000

India’s tiger population has seen an incredible recovery over recent years, more than doubling since 2003.  The country’s prime minister has announced numbers have reached almost 3,000 – which he described as a ‘historic achievement’.  The figure means numbers have more than doubled in the past 15 years, when there were just 1,400 tigers, and …

Donald Trump’s election campaign rakes in $500k from sales of plastic straws

US President Donald Trump is using money from sales of plastic straws to fund his re-election campaign. The straws, which are engraved with the president’s name, have raked in $500,000 for the campaign since their release on 19 July. The first batch reportedly sold out within the first few hours, and Trump’s campaign manager Brad …

Petition demands BBC airs Cowspiracy and Earthlings

The BBC has been urged to air vegan documentaries Cowspiracy and Earthlings to increase awareness of sustainability issues. A petition urges the broadcaster to show the documentaries to a potential audience of millions of viewers in the UK. Earlier this year the UK became the first country in the world to declare an official ‘climate …

United Airlines has cut all ties with SeaWorld

United Airlines is the latest in the list of major travel companies who have cut all ties with SeaWorld. In response to requests from PETA, the airline has stopped selling tickets to the marine park, and removed all traces of promotional material for SeaWorld from its website. UA joins airlines such as Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, …

Abandoned fishing nets account for half of the ocean’s plastic pollution

It’s hard to avoid hearing about how much damage single-use plastic is doing to our environment. Major companies, even the likes of McDonald’s, are ditching straws and other plastic packaging to save the sea, while ‘The Attenborough Effect’ has led 53% of people to reduce the amount of plastic they use. And while this movement …

Photo of couple kissing next to hunted lion is being criticised globally

A Canadian couple have become the subject of heated global criticism for kissing over the fresh corpse of a lion in a photo. Darren and Carolyn Carter from Edmonton, Alberta, run a taxidermy business and paradoxically describe themselves as “passionate conservationists”. Despite this self-applied label, they chose to take part in the “canned hunt” experience …

Tesco Trials Ditching Plastic Fruit And Veg Packaging In A Bid To Reduce Waste

Walking down the fruit and veg aisle looking for healthy food to stock your kitchen can be an infuriating experience for anyone conscious of the horrific damage plastic has on the environment. It’s estimated that more than 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year and eight million tonnes is dumped in the ocean …

China ends animal tests for finished cosmetics products

China will no longer use post-market animal tests for cosmetic products in a landmark decision which activists say is the first step towards ending testing altogether. The Gansu Province National Medical Products Association has announced the country will bring an end to a practice in which all finished products which are already on the market, …