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FedEx Philippines Joins The Plastic Flamingo To Transform Its Waste & Tackle Marine Pollution In The Region

3 Mins Read Shipping service FedEx Philippines recently announced that it is partnering with social enterprise The Plastic Flamingo to ethically dispose of its plastic waste, tackle marine plastic pollution and support a circular economy in the region. The Philippines is one of the top contributors to global ocean plastic pollution, along with other fellow ASEAN countries like […]

China, India, Philippines Among Top Asian Countries To Record Sharpest Decline Of Refillables, Report Finds

4 Mins Read According to a new report by international non-profit Reloop, that was released in a media briefing together with Changing Markets Foundation and the #breakfreefromplastic movement, single-use beverage containers have been replacing refillables rapidly across the world leading to a tremendous increase in waste and pollution. The report, titled ‘What We Waste’, analyzes data from over […]

Plastic Atlas: Latest Edition Highlights Asia’s Plastic Pollution Crisis & Assesses Potential Solutions

4 Mins Read On Earth Day (April 22), the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Break Free From Plastic movement, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) together unveiled the new Asia edition of the Plastic Atlas in English. The newly launched Plastic Atlas Asia edition provides a regionally focused overview of the ever-growing plastic pollution crisis, including a […]

Polish Startup Picup Launches Europe’s First 100% Biodegradable Plantable Coffee & Tea Cups

3 Mins Read Picup has launched its plantable paper cups in Poland, the first-of-its-kind in the country and across Europe. The Poznan-based startup’s 100% biodegradable cups of tea or coffee contain seeds at the bottom of the filter, allowing a tree to grow after the drink is consumed. Polish sustainable packaging startup Picup has introduced Europe’s first-ever plantable […]

Hong Kong-Based Adventure Clean Up Challenge Launches Hiking Trail Trash Collection Challenge

3 Mins Read Adventure Clean up Challenge, Asia’s first multi-discipline sports event, is collaborating with Hong Kong-based conservation app Trailwatch, to launch the Adventure Clean up Challenge Trails on April 24 in an effort to bring about outdoor enthusiasts to clean the increasing amount of trash that is lying in Hong Kong’s trails. The ongoing pandemic and subsequent […]

Exclusive: Melati Wijsen Of Bye Bye Plastic Bags & Youthtopia ‘Systemic Change Is Key, We Need To Hold Those In Power Accountable’

12 Mins Read In 2013, when she was just twelve years old, Melati Wijsen and her sister Isabel started Bye Bye Plastic Bags, the Bali-based movement that became a global youth-driven sensation to eliminate the use of plastic bags in Bali and elsewhere. Since then, youths all over the world have been refusing single-use plastics in order to […]

French Supermarkets To Phase Out Plastic Packaging With Refill Stations

4 Mins Read French grocery chains will have to begin switching to food refill stations as part of a new environmental bill. The law, which has been passed by the French parliament, will require retailers to phase out disposable plastic packaging and dedicate a fifth of their store to allow customers to buy dry food products using their […]

Driscoll’s Joins The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Prioritises Sustainable Packaging Solutions For Its Fresh Berries

4 Mins Read Driscoll’s, one of the world’s leading fresh berry produce companies, has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its fresh berries a priority and with the aim to decrease their carbon footprint on the environment. The California-based produce company recently signed The New Plastics Economy Global […]

A Type Of ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Will Soon Be Phased Out In Australia, And That’s A Big Win For The Environment

6 Mins Read By: Jenni Downes, Monash University; Kim Borg, Monash University, and Nick Florin, University of Technology Sydney To start dealing with Australia’s mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan. The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, […]

Rethinking Materials: Industry Giants To Join Summit To Drive Circular Solutions For Plastics & Packaging

4 Mins Read Major brands from a cross-section of industries are set to come together for an upcoming summit focused on sustainable innovation in plastics and packaging. Taking place in May 19-20, the two-day virtual Rethinking Materials conference will see the likes of Unilever, PepsiCo and Colgate-Palmolive join sustainable startups and biotechs such as LanzaTech and Modern Meadow […]

Smateria: These Recycled Plastic Vegan Handbags Made By Artisan Khmer Women Help Prevent Carbon Emissions

5 Mins Read How much does your handbag cost the planet? Smateria, a Cambodia-based ethical women-founded fashion label, has launched its newest sustainable collection, this time made from a new recycled plastic manufacturing technology. Handmade in-house in their Phnom Penh workshop, which employs local women (they make up 80% of the workforce) and provide mothers with free on-site […]

Unilever Invests US$15M In Fund To Collect More Plastic Than It Sells By 2025

3 Mins Read Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has put forward a US$15 million investment into the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, which will help recover more than half of its plastic packaging footprint. The firm also says that the investment will mean that by 2025, its North America operations will be collecting more plastic than it sells. Unilever […]