We need a global treaty to combat plastic pollution, but a small group of countries is blocking real action.
Many communities are banning single-use plastic shopping bags to reduce pollution, but a study in California shows that some consumers responded by purchasing more heavy plastic trash bags.
Dozens of cities, states and nations are enacting bans and restrictions on single-use plastic bags and other items. A legal expert explains how a global treaty could build on these efforts.
Since China stopped accepting Australia's recyclable plastic, the majority of exported plastic waste is now going to developing nations in South East Asia.
There are lots of issues with recycling – but it's still an important part of society's efforts to live more sustainably.
Snorkeling off the California coast, a high school student found heaps of golf balls on the ocean floor. With a marine scientist, she showed that golf courses were producing tons of plastic pollution.
A plastic bag has an average usage time of 20 minutes, while it can take up to 1000 years to break down in the environment.
A floating park made from discarded plastic in Rotterdam could spark new thinking on how we manage waste.
Whether plastic or natural, Christmas trees are generally bad for the environment. However, a new chemical process could recycle dead trees into all kinds of useful products.
Researchers unpack the vast impact of plastic on our society – from emerging health worries and pollution to recycling and plastic's contributions to modern convenience.
The world is waking up to the plastic pollution crisis. Here's how you can wake up on Christmas morning to a more sustainable holiday.
Less than 10 percent of plastic waste has been recycled – a factoid recently crowned statistic of the year.
While the world gathers to negotiate on climate change, governments must recognise the public desire for action on plastic pollution and work together to solve it.
One big problem with plastics is that they're largely made of petroleum. Sourcing bio-polymers from plants and bacteria has some big benefits – and the technology is starting to take off.
Much of the trash on Canadian shorelines can be traced to five food companies. We could soon see more compostable and edible packaging.
In the EU, 31% of plastic products go to landfill: but a process called "cold plasma pyrolysis" could turn them into clean fuels.
Trump's plan to slap $200 billion more in tariffs on Chinese goods is premised on yesterday's waste-fueled economy. Tomorrow's economy is 'circular.'
Is 3D printing better for the environment than conventional manufacturing? The jury is still out.
Incineration of household waste has gotten a bad name, argues an economist, who sees today's recycling crisis as an opportunity to reconsider how the U.S. handles its waste.
You know you've hit it big when your designs find their way into millions of kitchens – and the Museum of Modern Art.