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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, […]

Environmentalists Slam US$1 Billion Stunt To End Plastic Pollution

2 Mins Read Environmental groups are slamming a new nonprofit that have pledged to back a total of US$1 billion to enhance recycling techniques and reduce plastic waste efforts. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), spearheaded by the industry’s top oil and chemical companies has been met with criticism as detractors argue these plastics value corporations are a […]

Watsons Water Launches Plastic Bottle Collection With Cash Incentive

2 Mins Read Watsons Water, one of Hong Kong’s biggest producer and distributor of distilled bottled drinking water, has launched a cash incentive to get the public actively involved in recycling single-use plastics. Offering monetary vouchers and gift redemptions via their Drops of Fun app, the Tai Po-based company is placing 400 reverse vending machines throughout the city […]

After China Closes its Doors, Malaysia Becomes New Dumping Ground for World’s Plastic Trash Despite Government Ban

2 Mins Read One year since China imposed its National Sword policy ban on the world’s plastic waste import, nearby Southeast Asian countries have struggled to pick up the scraps with Malaysia taking in the lion’s share of supposed recyclable plastic from the US and other industrialized nations. According to Eco-Business, a Greenpeace Malaysia investigation has uncovered much […]

Five Hong Kong Recycling Myths That Will Shock You

4 Mins Read Hong Kong’s recycling infrastructure is woefully lacking: most citizens are not educated about how best to recycle; there is no mandatory residential recycling scheme; there are no incentives for businesses to recycle; the government department that deals with waste management is separate from the one responsible for recycling; the city lacks adequate collection channels and […]

Eco Insights: The Diaper Dilemna

3 Mins Read Aren’t those Pampers commercials cute? Who doesn’t love the image of a cherubic baby toddling around in nothing but diapers with colourful little rainbows all over them? Only a monster wouldn’t get all warm and fuzzy when presented with a depiction of all that is innocent and magical about babies. What could possibly be wrong with […]