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Craig Leeson Of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ On His New Film ‘The Last Glaciers’: “We Don’t Have Long To Turn This Around”

14 Mins Read Craig Leeson is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and television presenter best known for the acclaimed 2016 documentary A Plastic Ocean. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Leeson, who shared his journey from writing to radio, broadcasting and filmmaking and shedding light on some of the world’s most pressing issues through an adventure lens. […]

Hong Kong Student Urges Switch To Reusable Masks In High School Research Project

4 Mins Read After seeking face masks littered everywhere in Hong Kong as the city continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, Gaurika Pant, a secondary school student at Hong Kong International School (HKIS), decided to undertake her own research into plastic consumption amid the crisis. According to her survey results, Hong Kong residents could be discarding as many […]

Scientists Can Now Detect Microplastics In Human Organs & Tissues

3 Mins Read Researchers in the U.S. are among the first in the world to examine microplastic and nanoplastic particles in human organs and tissues using a new testing technique. Isolating and discovering minuscule fragments of plastic has been a challenge for scientists, making this breakthrough a crucial step towards future research into the potentially hazardous effects of […]

Galápagos: The Reality Of Our Insatiable Demand For Seafood

12 Mins Read This article is republished with permission from OceansAsia, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit organisation dedicated to ocean conservation and exposing wildlife crimes and activities that are polluting our marine ecosystems. By: OceansAsia The BIG Issue Over the past few weeks social media has erupted over a large Chinese squid fleet operating near the Galapagos Islands along […]

Black Astroturf-Like Rubber Crumbs Polluting Lantau’s Discovery Bay

3 Mins Read Hundreds of kilograms of black rubber crumbs, which looks like infill used for astroturf, has washed ashore on Discovery Bay on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. It was discovered by local environmental organisation Plastic Free Seas who alerted the authorities to the spill, which could severely harm marine life.  Huge quantities of small crumbs of black […]

Walmart, Target & CVS Establish Alliance To Replace Plastic Bags

3 Mins Read Some of the biggest supermarket chains in the U.S. including Target, Walmart and CVS will be teaming up to remove plastic bags from their operations. Called the Beyond the Bag Initiative, the multi-year collaboration will seek to identify, create and implement a new design solution that delivers on both convenience and sustainability.  Launched by the […]

#INVISIBLEBAG: Hong Kong Startup’s Plastic-Free Packaging That Disappears In Water

5 Mins Read On a mission to fight plastic waste, Hong Kong-based startup Distinctive Action has created a bag that completely disappears in water. Designed to replace conventional plastic bags, the company’s solution is non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable and leaves no trace of microplastics on the planet. But what’s even more unique? The company’s packaging is vibrantly branded, firmly inserting […]

Germany Bans Single-Use Plastic, Japan Begins Plastic Bag Charging Scheme

3 Mins Read Governments are beginning to take concrete action against plastic pollution. From Germany to Japan, new legislation is clamping down on single-use plastics as economies begin to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which has shifted greater attention towards sustainability for both human and planetary health.  Announced on Wednesday (July 1), the German Cabinet has agreed to […]

Hong Kong Students Win Sustainability Entrepreneurship Prize For Vegan Edible Cutlery

3 Mins Read Two students from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have just won a sustainability prize in an entrepreneurship competition. Swapnil Mishra and Aditi Deodhar, who founded Planeteers, have created a vegan and biodegradable edible alternative for single-use cutlery in order to fight the city’s mounting waste and pollution crisis.  Founded by Swapnil […]

Hong Kong LegCo Bills Committee Drops Waste Disposal Levy

3 Mins Read A Legislative Council bills committee vetting the Hong Kong government’s proposed waste disposal levy has decided to discontinue scrutiny over the bill. The move effectively puts an end to years of work that would have introduced much-needed charges for municipal solid waste disposal as the waste crisis reaches new heights in the city. It comes […]

Asian Development Bank Calls For Sustainable “Blue Economy” To Save Our Oceans

3 Mins Read The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has called on Asia to begin focusing on building a new sustainable “blue economy”. The region’s development bank says that in order to preserve livelihoods and the planet, the continent must begin preserving the marine ecosystem and move away from the current “ocean economy” that exploits natural resources. It has […]

Scientists Urge More Research On Plastics To Bring About Sustainable Economy

3 Mins Read A new report by an international union of chemical scientists, business leaders and government figures calls for more global research on plastics and its impacts. Without fully understanding plastics, the experts say, we will be unable to ensure a sustainable future for such a crucial material that plays many roles in society.  Collating the data […]

Ocean Microplastic Pollution May Outnumber Zooplankton Says New Study

2 Mins Read A new study finds that the amount of plastic pollution in our seas is likely to have been severely undercounted. The true number may be higher than the amount of zooplankton, which underpins our marine ecosystem and helps to regulate the climate.  According to a recent study published in the journal Environmental Pollution, there are […]