Beautiful and harrowing documentary film (97 mins), followed by discussion of solutions. A journalist, a free diver, and scientists and researchers travel around the world to explore the fragile state of our oceans. They uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and investigate solutions. Organised and hosted by Reading Friends of the Earth. Youtube trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw
Lecture by Professor Chris Rhodes. Plastics are wonder-materials that have enabled the creation of the modern, industrialised world. However, their robustness means they degrade only slowly and poorly in the environment, and now pollute the oceans, the air, drinking water and food. As alarming as this may sound, plastic production is really just one element […]
Hardly a day goes by without an announcement about another initiative to reduce plastic waste. This is great news. But with all the national noise it can be difficult to work out what is happening locally, and in particular the opportunities to take action at a personal level. So what is happening Reading?
A timely article from Chris Cheeseman, Professor of Materials Resources Engineering at Imperial College London and an Associate of the Grantham Institute. He stands up for the versatility of the plastics that have made them such a central part of modern life, but have also resulted in them ending up in places they shouldn’t. Part […]
A growing number of outlets selling food and drink in the UK are taking action to ditch plastic amid deepening concern about its effect on the environment, with drinking straws and bottles among items being phased out. A Guardian investigation this year discovered that a million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every minute, while recent research has […]