Greenpeace Gets Plastic All Wrong

co-authored with David Clement A new report by the environmental organization Greenpeace reveals that only 5 percent of plastic waste in the United States was recycled last year, and it concludes that companies should phase out all single-use plastic items and move to packaging-free approaches. The group has been at the forefront of calls to ban single-use […]

War on Plastics Misguided

Do you feel bad when you see pictures of plastic waste in the world’s oceans? Most certainly, and any decent human being would. In fact, governments fail to do enough to stop the dumping of plastic waste into the environment and are still inefficient at holding companies to account for these ecological disasters. That said, […]

Would a single-use plastic ban be counterproductive?

A petition filed by a number of environmental organizations calls on the General Services Administration to halt the acquisition of single-use plastics across the entire federal government. According to these groups, plastic packaging harms the environment, and with the U.S government being the largest consumer of goods and services in the world (spending more than $650 billion […]

[Podcast] Oppen Dieren Episod 6: Net am EU-Parlament vertruede Parteien

Déi sechst Episod vum neie Podcast “Oppen Dieren” ass disponibel um Lëtzebuerger Journal. Dir fannt déi ganz Episod andeems dir HEI klickt. Dës Episod ass och disponibel fir net-Abonnenten. Hei ass een Teaser: Dir kënnt onofhängege Journalismus ënnerstëtze andeems dir iech op de Lëtzebuerger Journal abonnéiert. Méi Informatioune fannt dir op journal.lu.

The problem with the plastic debate

The European Union’s new plastic tax has come into effect on January 1. You’ll see this new tax often described as an EU-tax that you pay directly as a consumer into a treasury in Brussels. While that indirectly true, it’s important to understand how it works. The plastic tax charges a tax of 80 Euro […]

[REPORTAGE] Plastikindustrie : Verbueter hëllefe net weider

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, an ass de 14. November ausgestraalt ginn. D’Europäesch Unioun schafft un hirer Plastikstrategie, déi den Ament zwëschent dem Europäesche Conseil an dem Parlament diskutéiert muss ginn. D’Produzente soen hirersäits dass si d’Grondidee ënnerstëtze, mee net esou wéi se soll ausgefouert ginn. D’Europäesch Kommissioun wëll mat hirer Propose […]

Emerging markets should oppose plastic bans

The European Commission’s new plastic strategy is moving closer to final completion, after the European Parliament added an even longer list of banned plastic items. However, the consequences for emerging economies should not be ignored.

Der letzte Strohhalm – Wie die Anti-Plastik-Politik alles nur verschlimmert

Das Verbot von Plastiktrinkhalmen, die Besteuerung von Plastiktüten oder das Phänomen des Verbots von Styropor in Großstädten: Ein Teil des politischen Spektrums ist besessen davon, die Welt komplett von Kunststoff zu befreien. Diese Maßnahmen werfen jedoch die Frage auf, ob sie ihre Ziele tatsächlich erreichen und welche unbeabsichtigten Folgen der anti-Plastik Wahn hat.