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The trouble with 'miracle' synthetics is that, so far, there hasn't been one

Until the 19th century we had to rely almost entirely on nature for the fabrics from which we built our world.

Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 2:48am

Typhoon dumps plastic pellets on beach

Severe Typhoon Vicente didn't just fell more than 1,000 trees across the city, it also delivered some strange packages to a seaside community.

Strong winds and waves washed about 200 bags of raw plastic pellets onto a Lantau beach yesterday.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wanted: the next step to cut reliance on plastic

What's next after the plastic bag levy? It might be biodegradable plastic bags. Or eco-friendly packaging. That is, if the system lets it happen.

Professor Carlos Lo Wing-hung, who specialises in environmental governance at Polytechnic University, said the levy system was not conducive to innovative and creative solutions to the overuse of plastic bags.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Levy fails to halt shopping bags' disposal

The 50-cent levy imposed on plastic shopping bags in 2009 has cut the number of bags dumped in landfills only marginally, while increasing the disposal of reusable bags, according to the city's environment watchdog.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am


Acetone is a colourless, flammable liquid. Because acetone is miscible (forms a homogenous solution) with water and most organic fluids, it is an important solvent, typically for cleaning purposes in a laboratory.

14 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Plastic bags are necessary and pose no environmental risk

I wish to address the three points raised by letter writer Wolfgang Ehmann ('Ignoring reality of plastic bags', February 26).

First, as plastic bags are non-toxic and do not give out greenhouse gases when buried, whether these bags can or cannot 'disintegrate' quickly in our landfills is of no material consequence.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

We must realise that plastic bag pollution is a global problem

Alex Chu's assessment that Hong Kong does not have a severe plastic bag problem is myopic and fails to see the inter-connectedness of all things on our planet ('Argument in favour of levy is not convincing', February 25).

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am