Czech scientists have invented a new kind of bioplastic which they say decomposes remarkably fast– and is highly resistant to heat. Researchers from Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín say the product could be brought to market within two years. It could represent a significant advance in global efforts to eventually replace single-use plastic waste.
Mineral water producer Mattoni and the online store Košík.cz are
beginning to test the concept of reusable plastic bottles on the Czech
market, news site Aktuálně.cz reported on Monday. Any purchase of such a
bottle would see the owner receive a refund of CZK 3 once they return the
item, which would then be reused by Mattoni. For now, only a limited
edition of 80 percent recyclable PET bottles has been issued for this
The General Director of Košík.cz, Tomáš Jeřábek, told the news site that the idea came from the customers themselves, who have urged the establishment of ecologically sound covers for products. He says the success rate of the project will show whether implementing such a measure is realistic.
Reusable plastic bottles have long been in existence in Germany and are set to be implemented on a large scale in Slovakia from 2022. Despite calls from some pressure groups, the Czech government currently has no plans to introduce the practice in Czechia.
Creamy soup from leftover mashed potatoes or vinegar made from fruit and vegetable scraps - these are just some of the many recipes included in a new cook book by the Initiative Zachraň Jídlo or Save Food. Its aim is to teach Czech consumers to reduce household waste by providing tips and recipes using food scraps, leftovers and surplus seasonal ingredients.
Industrial output in the Czech Republic weakened by 3.8 percent in June
following four months of growth, according to official figures released on
Tuesday. Lower auto production has been given as one of the main reasons
for the downturn. The manufacture of metal structures and fabricated metal
products also declined.
By contrast, the production of rubber and plastic products, computers and other electronics and pharmaceuticals increased in the Czech Republic in June.
The costs of communal waste collection in the Czech capital could rise by 30 percent, at least according to a new decree prepared by Prague City Council. At the same time, councillors want to introduce the collection of bio-waste, which should be considerably cheaper. The move is part of a long-term effort to lower the amount of waste produced by citizens of the capital.
On the eve of World Water Day, which falls on March 22, the Czech branch of the environmental organisation Greenpeace published an alarming report on the presence of micro-plastics in Czech rivers. According to the study, plastic fibres were found in all ten samples taken from the Vltava and Elbe Rivers. I asked Jan Freidinger of Greenpeace for more details:
Like all other developed countries, Czechia has a waste problem. Even though Czech households do not, actually, produce half as much garbage as those in the United States, the government is looking for new ways to increase recycling. Ironically, some towns and companies make a lot of money from traditional landfills. So, it is not always easy to change old practices.
Close to one hundred fire fighters fought to contain a fire at a storage
facility for electronic waste in Lety near Prague. The fire broke out in
the evening hours on Saturday and eyewitnesses reported a series of
explosions on the premises. The blaze was brought under control in the
early hours of Sunday.
Although chemical experts failed to register toxins in the air the smoke was dense and people were advised to keep their windows closed until further notice.
The remains of the storage facility will have to be pulled down. The cause of the accident is being investigated.