Bali puts single-use plastic on a permanent gap year with wide-ranging ban

The move aims to stop items such as plastic bottles, carrier bags, coffee cups and polystyrene packaging ending up in the ocean

New York’s ban on polystyrene comes into effect

Businesses in the city are being encouraged to switch to more environmentally-friendly materials, such as recycled paper and cardboard

Fujitsu unveils wide-ranging set of plastic reduction pledges

The Japanese IT equipment and services company says it will end the use of plastic cups, straws, bottles and other unsustainable products

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EU backs 2021 ban on single-use plastics

The new measures are expected to save €22 billion in environmental damages by 2030

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Lidl trials removal of 9p plastic bags in Wales

The supermarket chain plans to extend the move across the rest of the UK if it proves successful

‘Single-use’ named Word of the Year for 2018

It refers to products, often plastic, that are made to be used only once before disposal.