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It is estimated that between 80,000 and 219,000 tonnes of microplastics enter the marine environment across Europe per year

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 will use marine waste sourced from Parley’s clean-up operations, which are located in the Maldives and along 1,000 coral islands off the western coast of India

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.

A commitment was made to designate marine protection zones around the south Atlantic islands of Ascension by 2019 and Tristan da Cunha by 2020

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).

Five trillion pieces of plastic are now floating in the world’s oceans, which is frequently mistaken for food by fish and birds

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 and the Plastic Soup Foundation are urging other fashion companies and the textile industry to support the international Ocean Clean Watch scheme

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.

Mercury pollution from mines, coal plants and sewage is toxic to humans and marine life

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.

The total natural capital cost of plastic in the consumer goods industry is estimated to be more than US$75bn a year

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.

Political visit to plastic film recycling facility by Ed Davey (pictured above).

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


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