In 2015, over 320 million tons of polymers, excluding fibers, were manufactured across the globe.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but plastic straws are ruining the ocean.
Connecting smugglers, disposable workers, garbage pickers and the poorest of consumers, the flip-flop trail is one of globalisation’s darker stories.
We're drowning in plastics. With governments setting un-ambitious targets, corporations are now listening to consumers who are demanding less plastic packaging and food containers.
Water and energy use are becoming more efficient, which is good news for both the economy and the environment. But Australia has yet to realise the value of national environmental accounting.
Waste byproducts from rice and glass combined with fungus can create a construction material with the potential to save lives and the planet.
Illegal dumping is costing governments millions – but satellite technology could help put a stop to it.
The case of the start-up Phenix shows that the fight to reduce food waste requires a regulatory context that encourages innovation at the level of the business ecosystem.
Indonesia is the world's largest producer of the seaweed that offers a solution for the global plastic crisis.
No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
Both short- and long-term solutions are needed to solve Australia's recycling crisis. State and federal ministers are pursuing some promising avenues, but they need to cast the net much wider.
China new cleanliness standards for the recyclable materials it imports are so stringent that they are tantamount to a total ban. Australian councils are now in crisis mode as the rubbish piles up.
Ipswich Council has stopped recycling and it's likely that others around Australia will follow suit.
Cleaning up the oceans will require much better waste management in poorer countries.
Nairobi's new governor should learn from the mistakes of the past
Most Americans don't want incinerators in their neighborhoods, so waste management companies are burning trash in other facilities such as cement kilns. Is this a sustainable way to deal with garbage?
If you want to live like a local when on holiday, you should defecate like one.
Food is just food ... or is it?
The science is clear but to improve plastic literacy, we need the arts. Here’s why.
China is no longer importing the world's recyclable plastic – so what should we do instead?