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This week researchers in the US unveiled new research which found airborne plastics are spiralling around the globe. The researchers said the global plastic cycle is akin to natural processes such as the carbon cycle.

In more positive news Aldi is trialling refillable stations for goods such as rice and pasta at its Ulverston, Cumbria store to help consumers shop more sustainably. If successful, Aldi will look to develop the options in other stores.

Meanwhile Morrisons announced it will be ditching its bags for life in a bid to cut back on plastic. The supermarket will be offering paper bags instead.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
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Airborne plastic pollution spiralling around the globe, study finds

Microplastic pollution is now spiralling around the globe, according to a study of airborne plastic particles. The researchers said human pollution has led to a global plastic cycle, akin to natural processes such as the carbon cycle, with plastic moving through the atmosphere, oceans and land. The result is the ‘plastification of the planet’, one scientist said. The analysis calls plastic pollution one of the most pressing environmental issues of the 21st century.

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Aldi to trial packaging-free stations to cut plastic

Aldi has launched a trial selling its first packaging-free products to help customers shop more sustainably in its Ulverston, Cumbria store. If successful, Aldi will look to develop its refillable options in other stores in the future. Aldi said that it could remove more than 130 tonnes – or more than 21 million pieces – of plastic annually from stores. Basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and whole-wheat fusilli will be available to buy loose and Aldi will also provide shoppers with free paper bags.

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Roads produce 84 percent of plastic dust in atmosphere

Roads produce 84 percent of plastic dust in the atmosphere as tires churn and launch particles into the air, a new study warns. Researchers from Utah State University examined different sources of atmospheric microplastic pollution found in the western US over a 14-month period. These microscopic pieces of plastic pollution are so pervasive they affect how plants grow, waft through the air we breathe, infiltrate the oceans, are found in the guts of insects in Antarctica and even in the human bloodstream, study authors warned.

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Molson Coors removes plastic rings from all major brands

Molson Coors is removing plastic rings and introducing a fully recyclable cardboard sleeve for can multipacks for all major brands, including Carling and Coors. Produced by paper-based solutions supplier, Graphic Packaging International, the one-piece cartonboard wrap features a shaped interior design that securely holds the cans, as well as a locking mechanism so that adhesive isn’t required to keep the box closed.

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Morrisons to ditch plastic bags for life from stores

Supermarket giant Morrisons will stop selling plastic bags for life, replacing them with reusable paper bags instead. Morrisons claims that the move will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year. Shoppers can buy paper bags for 30p and they will be available alongside other reusable options including string, jute, cotton and reusable woven bags, priced between 75p and £2.50. Morrisons also said that its paper bags have a lower carbon footprint compared to its plastic equivalent.

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