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.
Plastic is not as much of a threat to oceans as climate change or over-fishing.
Nurdles are a raw feedstock used to make most of the plastic products we use everyday, but they're flooding the ocean as "mermaid tears".
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.
Zero-packaging stores provide a systemic solution to a globalised food industry dependent on plastic packaging.
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.
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.
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.
Cleaning up plastic pollution in the ocean is good – and long overdue. But where will the waste go? Recycling isn't always an option. Bacteria and enzymes could process it, raising new questions.
Mosquitoes are transferring microplastics eaten in water into birds and other non-marine animals.
South Africa needs to strengthen its response to plastic pollution.
When it comes to the geological record, airbrushing out humans' impact on the environment makes little sense.
Every day we throw away plastic and every day we're reminded of its environmental impact. Why can't something be done about it?
Tech fixes to environmental problems are guaranteed to grab attention, but real change for the planet requires community organising.
Fast-food restaurants and coffee shops are banishing the straw. While it may seem like a small measure, your pessimism isn't justified.