Could this be turned into fuel, instead of just more plastic?
Plastic can only be recycled a few times before it becomes useless. But even non-recyclable plastic can be used to help produce petrol and diesel. Could this process help overcome the recycling crisis?
These are already 100% recyclable - the trick is to actually recycle them.
Under a new target, 100% of Australian packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. But this is not enough - we also need to ensure that recyclable materials are actually recycled.
Researchers are finding plastics in fish in freshwater ecosystems.
Ocean plastic has gained notoriety, but we're starting to realize that microplastics pollute our freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems too.
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Yet plastic itself isn't inherently evil as sometimes the environmental benefits outweigh the costs. So how to tell good plastic from bad?
The greenest option might be to get a disposable bottle but never dispose of it.
We all know that tap water is better than buying bottled water, from an environmental standpoint at least. But what should you drink it out of? A single-use bottle, used multiple times, might be best.
New research has found a way to speed up enzymes that break down the PET plastic in bottles.
A plastic bag floats in the ocean in this 2016 photo.
Banning plastic bags in food distribution is complicated and not all municipalities are on board. Are bioplastics a solution?
Not as green as you might think.
Truly green plastic requires more than sustainable raw materials.
Plant-based, sustainable plastics may hold many of the answers to our plastic problems.
It’s time to get glam in a green way.
Every festival in Australia sends countless bits of glitter down the drain (and into the ocean). But you can still shine on – in bio-glitter.
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Microbeads from cosmetics are just a drop in the ocean. Other microplastics are more pervasive and just as dangerous.
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China is no longer importing the world's recyclable plastic – so what should we do instead?
Taxing plastic takeaway boxes will help to reduce the massive amount of plastic which is dumped into the oceans.
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing?
Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
The world's largest recyclable materials importer will leave other countries searching for alternative waste management solutions.
Research suggests much drinking water contains plastic microparticles.
Trash washed up on Bali’s Kuta beach on February 2016.
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To stop Indonesia polluting the ocean with plastic it is important to change the country's land-based waste management.
Plastic trash on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.
A new study shows that anchovies – key food for larger fish – are attracted to plastic trash because it smells like food. This suggests that toxic substances in plastic could move up through food chains.
What will we do for bin liners now?
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Banning single-use plastic bags makes sense, as long as it doesn't usher in behaviours that are just as bad, or worse – like over-using heavier bags made of even more plastic.
The same beach on Henderson Island, in 1992 and 2015.
After making worldwide headlines with the story of the Pacific "garbage island", researchers were sent a photo of the same beach, white sand free of litter, as recently as 1992.