Even remote beaches are often strewn with plastic debris.
Plastic washed ashore from the ocean is hard to recycle. What else can we do with it?
Delegates at this week’s marine science conference in Fremantle take a plastic-free coffee break.
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.
A nanotube innovation using waste plastic could help solve one of the world's energy problems.
Ever wondered where the 5p you pay for plastic bags in the UK goes?
Waitrose's trial of packaging-free products in one of its stores is welcome news, but its just the start of what supermarkets should be doing to address the climate and ecological crises.
As well as polluting our seas, plastics are warming the planet too. Urgent changes are needed to eliminate plastic's contribution to climate breakdown.
This biodegradable plastic bag had plenty of life left in it, even after three years.
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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.
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".
Worth the effort?
There are lots of issues with recycling – but it's still an important part of society's efforts to live more sustainably.
Recycled Island Foundation
A floating park made from discarded plastic in Rotterdam could spark new thinking on how we manage waste.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 1, 2018. Post-Brexit, Canada and the U.K. have a chance to transform their economies by working together.
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As 2019 dawns, a worldwide circular economy could be created through international trade and trade agreements like the one that could be forged between Canada and the U.K., post-Brexit.
‘Tis the season to be plastic-free.
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.
Paper not plastic.
Christmas is hectic, and it can be easy just to go with the flow and vow to cut your plastic use in the new year. But here are some easy steps you can take now to make your Christmas plastic-free.
Sure, ditch the coffee cups. But don’t say goodbye to these too soon.
We can safely say goodbye to most single-use plastics. But they do have essential uses in some areas, such as for medical or scientific samples, or storing food for humanitarian aid.
Positive messaging wins the day.
AAP Image/Dallas Kilponen
Plastic bags will soon be gone from major supermarkets and many other shops too. Campaigns to reduce plastic even more should focus on positive advice, rather than shaming shoppers for their plastic use.
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?
Cleaning up the oceans will require much better waste management in poorer countries.
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.