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They're really useful when you've got sticky, messy fingers and faces to get clean and some of us use them to clean other areas as well particularly when changing nappies! But wet wipes are responsible for 93% of blockages in sewers, helping to create huge 'fatbergs' that stop the waste water (and other things) from flowing freely.

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Prime Minister Theresa May will today announce the UK government's plans for a consultation later this year on a ban for single-use plastics like drinking straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds. If successful, the ban could come into force as soon as next year.

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An international team of scientists, led by Prof John McGeehan from the University of Portsmouth, has inadvertently improved an enzyme that helps to break down plastic. Their research was based around a bacterium that was discovered in a rubbish tip in Japan in 2016. The bacterium had naturally evolved an enzyme which enabled it to eat plastic.

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The government has today announced that people in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks in bottles and cans. The new charge will be made on single use plastic and glass bottles, along with steel and aluminium cans, as part of an effort to reduce waste and increase recycling. A consultation is being carried out to decide how the deposit scheme will work and the date for its implementation is yet to be announced.

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A new study of 259 bottles of drinking water from 19 locations in a total of nine countries has revealed that more than 93% of them contained microplastic - tiny pieces of plastic. Just 17 of the bottles sampled were free from microplastic, while one bottle of mineral water was discovered to contain 10,000 pieces of plastic per litre. An average of 325 pieces of microplastic were found for every litre of water tested.

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The grey squirrel is a great example of how introducing a species from another part of the world can have unintended consequences. Originally from America, grey squirrels were released in parklands in the UK during the 1870s. It was hoped that they would add interest and be a decorative addition to the landscape.

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Do you dream of becoming an award-winning chef? Create a Sustainable Business Premier Dish is an exciting opportunity for young people in the UK, France and Belgium who have an interest in environmental issues and cooking. It's a unique competition which challenges young people to develop a main course to be served on board Eurostar's most prestigious class of service.

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