Chemicals & Materials

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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Plastic bag in ocean

10 Best Quotes on Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems facing our planet right now. Every day, almost a million metric tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide, the majority of which isn’t recycled. Most of it ends up in landfill or the oceans. Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose, and releases toxins into the environment in …

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Palm trees

Does Palm Oil Come from Palm Trees?

When we hear the words ‘palm oil’, most of us would assume that this refers to the oil extracted from a palm tree. However, things aren’t quite that simple. Palm oil does come from palm trees, but only from particular species, namely Elaeis guineensis, Elaeis oleifera and Attalea maripa. Some people assume that ‘palm trees’ …

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Honeycomb beeswax

Where to Buy Beeswax in the UK

Beeswax is an eco-friendly and versatile raw material that you can use for a variety of purposes and reduce your footprint on the earth. A fab alternative to many chemical-based synthetic products, this 100% renewable product is very versatile and can be used to create green, zero-waste items including beeswax food wraps (a great alternative …

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