Making Friends With Plastic Trash for a Better Planet

With eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean ever year, innovation is critical to find new approaches to waste management, especially as the world looks to build back better after COVID-19. A group of students in Kenya took on this challenge and created “Plastiki Rafiki” (Swahili for ‘Friendly Plastic’) …

Initiative in Indjija

Life in a local community can be much better if it fosters a collective spirit and turns criticism into action, as eight students from Indjija demonstrated by founding the Association Indjijativa. For a year and a half, they roused dormant citizens and municipal authorities and solved more than 100 problems …

Mexico City, a Megalopolis’ War on Plastic Bags

Paper cones, called “cucuruchos”, have been traditionally used by shoppers in Mexico City for carrying spices and grains. Now these plastic-free alternatives are making a comeback, along with straw baskets and reusable cloth bags, after a ban on plastic bags entered into effect in the megalopolis on 1 January 2020. …

Wimbledon Is Cutting Back on Plastic at This Year’s Tournament

Wimbledon is hoping to cut down on the amount of plastic waste generated at this year’s tennis championships. One big change is that all of the water bottles sold and given out at the two-week long tournament will be made from 100% recycled plastic that can be recycled once fans …

Wasting Food ‘Is Top Cause of Environmental Guilt Among Brits’, What Is Yours?

Wasting food is the top cause of environmental guilt among Brits. That’s according to a new survey of 2,001 people, conducted by Opinium research and commissioned by renewable energy supplier Pure Planet, which shows 35% of UK adults feel bad about the environmental impact of binning food. Throwing away food …

Canada Plans to Ban Wide Range of Plastics by 2021

Canada plans to ban a wide range of single-use plastics by 2021. The government has not yet ruled on which exact products will disappear from shelves but notes it will work to identify the most environmentally damaging plastic items. These are expected to be similar to the products included in …