‘Single-use’ is announced as the Word of the Year 2018

November 8, 2018 by  
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Collins Dictionary has announced its choice for 2018 Word of the Year — single-use. This term describes items, often plastic, that are made to be used just once before they are thrown away. The frequent use of these items has been blamed for damaging the environment and negatively affecting the food chain. Since 2013, use of the word has increased fourfold with a rise in public awareness thanks to news stories, images of plastic items adrift in oceans and the global campaign to reduce the proliferation of single-use items, including the infamous plastic straw. Collins Dictionary selects the word of the year after its lexicographers monitor the 4.5-billion-word Collins Corpus, which is an analytical database that contains written material from websites, newspapers, magazines and books published around the world. The Collins Corpus database also includes words from spoken material on TV and radio, plus everyday conversations. Related: Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is best for the future? After the lexicographers monitor the Collins Corpus, they create a list of new and notable words that reflect our ever-changing culture. Things that rose to the top this year included environmental issues, political movements, dance trends and technology. Other words on the shortlist included ‘floss,’ a dance where you twist your hips in one direction while swinging your arms with fists closed in the opposite direction, made popular by the game Fortnight; ‘VAR,’ or video assistant referee, which became popular in 2018 after being used in the FIFA World Cup; ‘gammon,’ a red-faced, angry person who is the opposite of a “snowflake”; and ‘plogging,’ or picking up litter while jogging, which has become successful following the increase in awareness of humanity’s impact on the environment. Collins ended up choosing single-use because of the global movement to kick the addiction to disposable products and the increase in awareness of how people’s habits and behaviors impact our world. + Collins Dictionary Image via Jonathan Chng

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Insidious single-use coffee pods banned in German city

February 22, 2016 by  
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Single-use coffee pods are among the most insidious products to ever enter the global supply chain, and now one German city is taking huge strides to get rid of them. Hamburg’s Department of the Environment and Energy announced that the second largest city in the country has banned single use coffee pods in all state-run buildings to help reduce waste . Read the rest of Insidious single-use coffee pods banned in German city

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Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

December 27, 2010 by  
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Single use plastic bag bans and taxes are becoming increasingly popular with governments across the world (though unpopular with most store owners) and now Italy is gearing up to implement their own. In other parts of the world, these types of regulations span from the very stringent, you can’t use them at all bans of San Jose, California to the you can use them if you want to pay taxes of Washington DC , and we’re impressed to see that Italy is leaning towards the stricter end of the spectrum. Starting next week, the whole country will ban all conventional single use plastic bags and mandate that all new single use bags be biodegradable.

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