The fervour over plastic waste is not as informed as it ought to be. It is time to focus on more significant dangers to the environment.
It's not just the ocean we need to worry about – plastic is accumulating in the world's rivers, too.
The global focus on plastic pollution isn't a distraction from other planetary issues.
Ever wondered where the 5p you pay for plastic bags in the UK goes?
Poorer countries can now refuse shipments of plastic waste and slow the build-up of pollution on their shores.
New research shows that chemicals leached from ocean plastic impair the growth and oxygen production of the planet's most abundant photosynthesiser - endangering marine ecosystems and the climate.
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.
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.