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This week the US announced it will support a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution. Negotiations for the global agreement to combat ocean plastic pollution will be launched at the UN Environment Assembly in February 2022. 

Meanwhile, Amazon has announced it will stop using plastic pouches for deliveries in France, instead opting for paper alternatives. The delivery giant claims it will be phasing out plastic packaging in favour of materials that are “easier to recycle”.

In other news, Scotland will ban plastic straws and polystyrene food boxes from June 2022 in a bid to tackle single-use plastic pollution.

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US to back global treaty aimed at curbing plastic pollution

The United States will support a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced at U.N. Environment Programme headquarters. Blinken made the announcement while in Nairobi, Kenya, during the Biden administration’s first trip to the African continent. Negotiations for the global agreement to combat ocean plastic pollution will be launched at the U.N. Environment Assembly in February 2022.

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Amazon to stop using plastic pouches for deliveries in France

Amazon will replace the plastic pouches it uses for delivering small items with paper alternatives by the end of the year in France, the company said in a statement on 15 November. The online delivery giant said the plastic packaging would be phased out in favour of materials that are “easier to recycle”.

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Scotland to ban plastic straws and polystyrene food boxes from June

Unilever and Co-op have partnered together to launch two refill packaging store trials, with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of The sale of plastic straws, cutlery and polystyrene cups and food boxes is to be banned in Scotland next year as part of measures to reduce waste and pollution. The Scottish government said the ban would cover all single-use polystyrene food containers and their lids, as well as plastic stirrers, balloon sticks, plates and coffee stirrers, and would come into force on 1 June.

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Microplastics in household dust could promote antibiotic resistance

Dozens of studies show that when plastics get into the sea many ocean-dwelling microorganisms aggressively colonise them. This might help break plastics down, but these oceanic colonies are also hotbeds of antibiotic-resistant genes. Scientists are now concerned about the tiny bits that break away from synthetic fibres, like polyester and nylon, commonly found in clothing and other textiles. The microplastics then accumulate around the home as dust. Researchers reason that if these particles were being colonised by bacteria then they too might be harbouring antibiotic-resistant genes.

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England takes step towards outright ban on single-use plastic cutlery

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), said this week it was going to make a call for evidence on “problematic plastics” as part of a public consultation. Environmental organisation City to Sea said it expected government measures to include bans on single-use plastic cutlery, plates and extruded polystyrene cups. Defra had already announced the plastics consultation in August, but this week’s follow-up is being taken as an indication that firmer action is approaching.

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