How many years you reuse a fake holiday tree matters. So does what happens to a live tree when you’ve packed up the ornaments.
A central question remains unresolved in the draft treaty: Is plastic pollution basically a waste management problem, or can it be solved only with a cap on production?
Media coverage of the dangers of plastic pollution can distract from what is actually needed, says an author.
United Nations efforts to advance a global treaty on plastic pollution echo past multilateral agreements that tackled ozone layer depletion and acid rain.
A team of scientists has developed a method for creating a new class of plastic materials that are potentially more recyclable than single-use plastics.
Corporate supply chains are riddled with high, uncounted emissions, as Lego discovered. New regulations mean more companies will face tough, sometimes surprising, choices.
The new ban will raise awareness about the plastic crisis. But failing to provide viable alternatives may simply displace the problem, instead of addressing it
Sea glass, while an eye-catching treasure and a multimillion-dollar industry, exists because of decades of improper waste management.
Volunteers have been collecting and sorting washed-up rubbish on the beach for years. Thanks to their efforts, we have data on whether container deposit schemes help the issue.
We’re having a big impact on the planet. But what marks will we leave behind in deep time?
Canada is seen as leading the way in banning single-use plastics. But how comprehensive are these actions, and how realistic is the dream of a zero-waste future?
Why the UK still loses 3 billion litres of water a day through leaks.
Researchers even found textile fibres in very remote lakes with limited human presence.
The UK needs to fix its recycling system for a more sustainable future.
Confusion about what should and shouldn’t be recycled? You’re not alone – and it’s causing some people to ignore recycling altogether.
Making less plastic and reusing what exists should be the priority.
Polylactic acid – a popular bioplastic – does not readily break down when released into the ocean, and could disrupt marine ecosystems
How to be more a more eco-friendly parent – it’s not as simple as ditching disposable nappies.
No scientific monitoring was put in place to track the environmental benefits of banning plastic carrier bags.
It’s estimated that 1.63 million tons of material will be produced in 2023 for wet wipes.