Governments need better information on which types of plastic generate the most pollution — citizens can help.
InterContinental Hotels Group plans to switch miniature toiletries for bulk products, but it isn't likely to do as much for the environment as activists might think.
Festival-goers increasingly treat tents as disposable, imagining they are put to good use when discarded. They're wrong.
Australia doesn't want to deal with its own recycling waste, so why do we think other countries should do it for us?
This year's national conference of the Australian Marine Science Association is a plastic-free zone, as marine scientists aim to reduce the environmental burden of throwaway plastic.
The global focus on plastic pollution isn't a distraction from other planetary issues.
A nanotube innovation using waste plastic could help solve one of the world's energy problems.
Recycling is a messy system at the moment. Here's how we can clean up our act.
Poorer countries can now refuse shipments of plastic waste and slow the build-up of pollution on their shores.
The entire Cocos (Keeling) Island group is a little more than twice the size of the Melbourne CBD. So it’s hard to envision 414 million debris items washed up there.
As well as polluting our seas, plastics are warming the planet too. Urgent changes are needed to eliminate plastic's contribution to climate breakdown.
Biodegradable bags still strong enough to carry shopping after three years in the ground show that 'biodegradability' isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Without action, the amount of plastic waste produced globally could reach as much as 265 million tonnes per year by 2060.
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.
China, which once processed much of the world's scrap, has slashed imports of "foreign garbage." What can the US do to step up recycling at home?
Plastic is not as much of a threat to oceans as climate change or over-fishing.
Volunteers from all over the world are taking part in a citizen science project to help scientists work out how bad microplastic pollution really is.
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.
Asian countries have become a dumping ground for the plastic waste from wealthy countries.