Chemicals & Materials

Glass jars

Is Glass Bad for the Environment?

As evidence of plastic pollution and climate change grows, we find ourselves seeking better alternatives that won’t have such a huge impact on the environment. Glass is one of the most popular of these options so far. Glass is a relatively natural material and is easy to clean and reuse time and time again. Glass …

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What Is Lauryl Betaine

What Is Lauryl Betaine?

Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of a shampoo or shower gel bottle and thought to yourself, “What on earth is THAT?” Yes, me too! It often feels like you need a science degree to work out what is lurking inside those cosmetics bottles (or even to pronounce the ingredients). Now, …

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Polystyrene boxes

Is Polystyrene Recyclable?

Polystyrene is found everywhere in our homes and work places. Takeaway food containers and coffee cups are often made from polystyrene, and every time we buy electronic goods or fragile items in a shop or online, it’s likely they’ll be protected by polystyrene packaging. It’s cheap to produce and versatile enough to be used in …

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Sports bottle

Is Polypropylene Biodegradable?

Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer (a type of plastic) that has a wide variety of applications. It’s a very durable plastic that is resistant to fatigue, which is why it’s used for things such as flip-top bottles, piping systems and kettles. It’s also used in sanitary products, woven bags and to seal tea bags …

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Plastic waste on beach

Plastic in the Ocean Facts

71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. We can’t live without the ocean: it produces more oxygen than the Amazon Rainforest and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. The ocean is thought to be home to over 700,000 different species, up to two thirds of which have yet to be …

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Bamboo toothbrushes

Is Nylon-4 Biodegradable?

With an estimated 3.6 million plastic toothbrushes used round the world each year, a growing number of eco-conscious individuals are turning to eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes to minimise their impact on the planet. And whilst it’s relatively easy to find toothbrushes with sustainable, biodegradable and compostable handles such as bamboo or castor bean oil, the same …

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