Over 200,000 Tonnes of Plastic Leaking Into the Mediterranean Each Year

A new IUCN report finds that an estimated 229,000 tonnes of plastic are leaking into the Mediterranean Sea every year – equivalent to over 500 shipping containers each day. Unless significant measures are taken to address mismanaged waste, the main source of the leakage, this will at least double by …

This Is What’s Happening With Single-Use Plastics Around the World

Canada will ban a range of single-use plastic products by the end of next year. The ban will focus on six items that are often found in the environment, are often not recycled and that have readily available alternatives, the country says. These are plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, …

Mediterranean Basin Facing Irreversible Environmental Damage, Warns new UNEP Report

Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean finds that, unless urgent …

Scouring the Mekong for Trash – and Data

In Chiang Rai, Thailand, a city perched on the banks of the Mekong River, a group of some 90 residents and university students came together to pick up trash on 19  September. Like millions of others, they were marking World Cleanup Day, an annual event that encourages communities to tidy …

India’s Youth Take on Plastic Pollution

On the 30th June 2020, 1,900 young people joined together at the Virtual Youth Summit in India to celebrate their completion of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge in India. The challenge is a global initiative to educate young people about plastic pollution. It is developed by the United Nations Environment …

Social Enterprise Remakes Waste Into Consumer Goods

While working for the decades-old family fashion business, Sissi Chao had an experience that literally took her breath away. “Not long after I started, I started visiting our fabric suppliers,” said Chao. “I could hardly breathe, even before I got in the building. It was awful. Every supplier was the …

Not a Waste of Breath

Although it is imposed on him, due to his job and career, to watch seas and oceans from a different perspective than most people and, therefore, he notices what is hidden on the dark bottom, the famous Croatian diver, Goran Colak believes that people around the world are aware of …