Government plans to ban microbeads from cosmetics by October 2017
The UK Government has today (20 December) set out plans to remove microbeads from cosmetics and personal care products by October 2017.
Adidas launches mass-produced ocean plastic trainers
Global sportswear company Adidas looks set to push around 7,000 pairs of trainers made from 95% ocean plastic into the market, alongside setting a new goal to produce one million ocean plastic pairs of trainers by 2017.
UK to double marine protection areas around overseas territories
More than £20m will be invested in doubling the area of ocean under marine protection around British overseas territories, the Government has announced today (15 September).
Plastic waste dumped in UK seas 'carried to Arctic within two years'
Plastic dumped into the seas around the UK is carried to the Arctic within two years, scientists have revealed, where it does "extreme harm" to the fragile polar environment.
G-Star RAW launches scheme to halt plastic pollution in oceans
Designer clothing company G-Star RAW has joined forces with marine pollution campaign group the Plastic Soup Foundation in an effort to prevent microfibres creating plastic pollution in the world's oceans.
Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters, study finds
The amount of mercury near the surface of many of the world's oceans has tripled as the result of our polluting activities, a new study has found, with potentially damaging implications for marine life as the result of the accumulation of the toxic metal.
Businesses urged to consider plastic footprint as concerns grow over marine ecosystems
Businesses could significantly enhance their sustainability credentials by improving the way they measure, manage and report the amount of plastic they use in their operations and across the supply chain.
Energy Secretary visits UK's first plastic film recycling facility
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has paid a visit to the UK's first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.
Microbeads pollution - a drop in the ocean for the beauty industry
The threat plastic pollution poses to marine wildlife is now a recognised issue amongst consumers, businesses and governments, but is the damage from microplastics, found in many beauty products, a problem literally being washed down the drain? Leigh Stringer investigates