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Plastic Pollution

Argentina To Replace China As World’s Dumping Ground For Plastic Waste

3 Mins Read In August this year, Argentina changed its definition of what counts as “waste”, a move that could enable the import of millions of tonnes of low-grade plastic waste scraps discarded in the United States. Environmental campaigners have voiced their concerns, saying that Argentina could turn into the “sacrificial country” for plastic waste, potentially taking over […]

The Global Plastic Crisis In Numbers: 10 Shocking Facts You Need To Know

5 Mins Read The plastic crisis is one of the biggest challenges that our planet is facing, and one that desperately needs to be tackled, especially if we want to save the fate of our oceans. Currently, millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans every single year with devastating consequences for aquatic life, seabirds, marine […]

Coca-Cola Named Most Polluting Brand On Earth For Second Year In A Row

2 Mins Read In a global audit of plastic waste conducted by the Break Free From Plastic movement, Coca-Cola was found for the second year in a row to be the top polluting brand worldwide. The multinational beverage giant is accountable for more plastic waste than the next three biggest polluting companies combined. These findings run counter to […]

Birkenstock Launches Refillable Sustainable Cork Skincare Product Line

2 Mins Read German footwear brand Birkenstock has just released its Natural Skin Care products, infused with the company’s iconic material: cork. The shoemaker has expanded to skincare after realising that a substance in cork oak contains skin-smoothing properties. Their skincare line will also emphasise sustainability through using only regenerative oak cork, and the products will be refillable. […]

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group To Eliminate Single-Use Plastics By 2021

2 Mins Read Global luxury hospitality group Mandarin Oriental Hotels has pledged to phase out all single-use plastics across its entire portfolio by March 2021. This follows recent moves by the group to remove plastic straws and single-use drinking bottles, and will see all disposable plastic items abolished across their whole operational chain including all rooms, spas, transport […]

#PlasticCrisis: The 8 Most Polluted Beaches & Coastlines In Asia

5 Mins Read Asia is home to many of the planet’s wonders, including beautiful fine sand beaches and coastlines. However, due to years of plastic pollution, marine litter and waste mismanagement, many of these beaches are no longer as pristine as they once were. In fact, Asia’s coastlines are chocking in waste – the region is now home […]

Coca-Cola Will Make Bottles From Ocean Plastic Waste After Facing Global Backlash

2 Mins Read Multinational beverage giant Coca-Cola has recently partnered up with a number of technology companies to develop a way to manufacture bottles using plastic collected from oceans. This comes after the company faced public criticism for its environmentally unfriendly operations, being labelled as the world’s biggest corporate plastic polluter. Proving that naming and shaming does work, […]

Turkish Company Arçelik Develops Washing Machine That Keeps Microplastics Out Of Oceans

3 Mins Read Turkey-based home appliance manufacturer Arçelik just developed a new washing machine, which targets and captures the microplastic fibres released during the washing process. While fast fashion continues to manufacture more plastic-based garments, in the process contributing to the global plastic pollution crisis, more companies are trying to come up with solutions to the problem – […]

Upcycling Startup Upp! Uses Plastic Waste For Construction In Vietnam

2 Mins Read Netherlands and Vietnam-based social enterprise Upp! is on a mission to fight the global plastic pollution crisis by closing the plastic waste loop with a local approach. Using a circular economy approach, Upp! hopes to save plastic waste from landfills and oceans by introducing circular plastic factories in 10 cities by 2025. The company is […]

Swire Announces Money-Back Plastic Bottle Collection Machines, Part Of Trial To Promote Recycling

3 Mins Read Swire Pacific Group’s Swire Coca–Cola has just unveiled their reverse vending machines that will reward consumers HK 20 cents for every plastic bottle inserted for recycling via Octopus cards. Rolling out the scheme in 10 locations across the city, the giant distributor group hopes to change consumer attitudes towards recycling in Hong Kong. The programme […]

Glass Or Plastic: Which Is Better For The Planet?

7 Mins Read When you conjure up the term zero-waste lifestyle, many of us picture instagrammable rows of glass jars filled with bulk bought food staples lining kitchen pantries. But whether the obsession with glass containers is really that much better for our planet than older and less aesthetic options is a whole-nother debate that requires more in-depth […]

Already An Industry Leader, Six Senses Hotels Group Doubles Down on Sustainability

3 Mins Read In a just-released report, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas outlines the eco-forward steps it has taken in recent years in recent years from investing in conservation to phasing out plastics. With tourists increasingly sensitive to “greenwashing” marketing methods, the hospitality group has published a detailed overview of its measurable positive impacts, primarily due to guest […]

Second Hand Fashion Is Taking Over The World, From Thrift To Preloved Luxury

4 Mins Read Global charity Oxfam has recently launched their #SecondHandSeptember campaign, calling on people to join the pledge to say no to new clothing for 30 days. Having been reusing and reselling clothes since 1948, the NGO has declared that secondhand is the answer to sustainable fashion, helping to sound the alarm on the environmental impact of […]

WAVE Startup Creates Emission-Free Bio Plastic Bags From Cassava That Dissolve In Water

3 Mins Read Amsterdam-based startup WAVE Eco Solutions has developed a biodegradable and hot water soluble cassava-based bio-plastic bag in a bid to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. Unlike conventional plastic bags, WAVE’s products are made without plastic polymers that are typically made using fossil fuels. Their new alternative to plastic does not contribute to greenhouse gas […]

Nestle Japan Scraps KitKat Plastic Packaging For Recyclable Origami Paper

2 Mins Read In order to tackle global plastic waste, Nestlé Japan has announced that it is launching recyclable paper packaging for KitKat products, which comes with instructions to fold origami cranes. With Japan being the largest market for KitKats in the world, the food giant’s packaging upgrade is set to eliminate an estimated 380 tonnes of plastic […]

HELP: Hong Kong Dolphin Tours Days Away From Closing Down Due To Low Tourism

2 Mins Read Due to the recent drop in tourist numbers, the number of people going on pink dolphin sightseeing tours organised by The Hong Kong Dolphinwatch has plumetted, and the ecological tour operator is now only days away from going out of business. The group is the city’s only organisation running excursions following governmental guidelines, and all […]