The environmental organisation Greenpeace has taken samples from the Vltava
River in Prague to measure the level of micro-plastic pollution in the
water. The samples will be analysed in a Greenpeace lab in Britain’s
The testing is part of a campaign called ‘Plast je Past’ or ‘Plastics are a Trap’, which attempts to eradicate excess plastic packaging. It also appeals to outdoor clothing producers to tackle the problem of micro-fibres, which are released into the water during washing.
A major Czech drinks maker is considering introducing deposits for plastic
bottles, Czech Television reported. Karlovarské minerální vody, which
sells the mineral water Mattoni, produced a study with the Institute of
Circular Economics suggesting that a full third of plastic bottles in the
Czech Republic are not recycled.
The drinks manufacturer said in January that it was considering bringing in deposits for PET bottles. It has commissioned an economic analysis of such a move that should be published in the autumn.
However, the Ministry of the Environment is on the fence about the idea. A spokesperson said it welcomed moves to limit the dumping of wasted but was also concerned that bottle deposits could impact the current system.
The Czech environmental group Arnika is ringing alarm bells. According to the results of a recent study it conducted, some children’s toys and grooming accessories, such as hair brushes, sold in the EU contain toxic substances. Arnika’s Karolína Brabcová says this is an unfortunate side product of the drive to promote plastics recycling.
According to EU statistics, Czechs are some of the best in Europe for separating communal waste, including paper, plastic and milk cartons. But when it comes to recycling and minimising the amount of waste we produce, there is still a long way to go, says Soňa Jonášová of the Institute of Circular Economy. For several years now, her institute has been helping Czech municipalities and businesses to move from linear to circular economy by adopting at least some of its key elements:
Czechs are still the world’s leading beer drinkers, but consumer habits are changing. Whereas once the biggest share of beer produced was consumed at the pub, now Czechs are taking it home. While pubs and restaurants are selling less beer, sales of bottled beer have not dropped and sales of canned beer have seen a sharp rise.
Around four hundred people took part in Saturday’s spring cleaning of the Krkonoše or Giant Mountains. The clean-up event took mainly along the main tourist trails, included the country’s tallest mountain Sněžka. The annual event is organised by the management of the Krkonoše National Park. This year, volunteers gathered around three tons of litter and debris.