Tag: Plastic

Science

Chemical Recycling

In the United Kingdom, we produce 230m tonnes of waste chemicals per year. This number contributes to the ‘8.3bn tonnes of virgin plastic produced worldwide.’  Yet, statistics show that only 9% of plastic waste has been recycled. With the urgent need to limit plastic waste, science and technology come hand in hand in regarding waste…

Science

It’s not that easy being green

The number of people switching to a plant-based diet is increasing. It is widely regarded as being better for the planet to consume less meat, but how valid are these claims? Is it just a trend?   It is well known that the mass production of meat, particularly beef, has a massive impact on the planet’s…

Comment

There’s no problem with the beef ban

The ban on the sale of beef at uea(su) outlets has sparked outcry from students on social media. However, the fact that this motion was passed at the most recent Union Council meeting demonstrates that there is support for the ban. I, for one, am in favour of the SU’s initiative and think that those…

Science

Our plastic planet?

‘Our Plastic Planet?’ was hosted by Lizzie Daly, a wildlife biologist with a particular passion for the oceans. Her interactive presentation began with the cold truth: the entire ocean is now polluted with plastic. Every second 20,000 plastic bottles are being bought, and more than 80% of them are ending up either in landfills or…

Features

Better recycling: plastic bottles

While many people in the UK believe we are doing our fair share of recycling, there is much more that could be done. In over 20 countries worldwide there are deposit schemes for the recycling of plastic bottles and cans; something that should be considered here too. These nations have deposit machines in supermarkets which…

News

Reusable cups up by 64 percent on campus

Campus Kitchen has released data announcing an increase in people using reusable coffee cups of 40 times since last year. The amount of people carrying their own cups has increased from two percent last academic year to 66 percent this year. UEA’s Head of Sustainability, Phil Hunt, said: ‘This is fantastic news and is a…

Science

Live life a little greener

Many of us has seen the massive increase in awareness around climate issues in recent months. With Extinction Rebellion taking Norwich by storm, and students planning to walk out on 15 March for #youthstrike4climate, it is clear massive action needs to be taken. But all that is futile if we don’t all do our part….

Creative Writing

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When I was younger I used to have these little plastic cut outs for drawing around. I’d do them all the time, almost compulsively, but there would always be more. I’d spend hours and never run out. Then I realised, I’d never be done, I’d never accomplish anything because there would always be more and…

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