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Venice Bans Cruise Ships After Years of Local Environmental Protests

3 Mins Read After years of campaigning from local groups and environmentalists, Italy has banned cruise ships from the centre of Venice. From now on, cruises weighing more than 25,000 tonnes will not be able to dock at the world heritage site. It comes after a warning from UNESCO that Venice would be put on its endangered list […]

‘Manta Boat’: Giant Plastic-Eating Renewable-Powered Vessel Inspired By Ray Set To Clean Up Ocean Debris

3 Mins Read A new 56-metre-long Manta sailboat will help fight the ocean plastic pollution crisis with its first-of-its-kind collection and processing capacities. Presented by the environmental nonprofit the SeaCleaners and French adventurer Yvan Bourgnon, the catamaran is equipped with everything from waste-collecting conveyors to microplastic collection “mobulas” and fitted with a hybrid system featuring wind turbines, hydro […]

35% Of Amazon Shareholders Support Single-Use Plastic Reduction Across Operations

4 Mins Read At Amazon’s annual general meeting last week, 35% of the company’s shareholders showed their support for a proposal aiming to take action against the company’s rampant use of plastic packaging and called on the world’s largest online retailer to reduce the number of single-use plastics employed in its operations.  Though the retailer hasn’t mentioned how much plastic it uses, a […]

Hong Kong’s Plastic Bottle Bill Looks Set For Failure, Here Are 8 Reasons Why

8 Mins Read By: Aaron Kent Aaron Kent is the founder of Please Drink Sustainably, a Hong Kong-based company providing reusable custom branded cups to businesses switching away from disposables. Hong Kong’s government has recently completed public consultation for its proposed Plastic Beverage Container Producer Responsibility Scheme – or PPRS for short. Its aim is to reduce the […]

The War On Plastic: Are We Missing The Bigger Picture? Stigmatisation Vs. Deinstitutionalisation

5 Mins Read By: Céline Louche, Delphine Gibassier & Jennifer Goodman “Plastic-free aisle”, “No plastic straws”, “Plastic-free Tuesday”. Social media abounds with anti-plastic messages and chilling statistics about the quantity of plastic in our oceans, food, clothes and bodies flash before us in quick succession. Shocking images that circulate widely provoke emotions and generate momentum for action on plastic. […]

‘Bold Message’: Plastic Products Declared Toxic Under Canadian Environmental Law

3 Mins Read Plastic items are now officially considered toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), a move that environmental campaigners have described as a “bold message” to the plastic industry. The decision to list plastics as toxic under CEPA came despite multiple blocking attempts from industry-backed lobbying groups, paving the way for the government’s proposal to […]

Netflix Seaspiracy Review: If You Can Still Eat Fish After Watching This Film, We’re Not Made The Same

8 Mins Read Director Ali Tabrizi’s documentary film, backed by Cowspiracy’s executive producer Kip Anderson, is shocking, terrifying and an unsparing indictment of the commercial fishing industry. Let’s hope everyone on the planet watches it so our oceans have a chance at survival. Green Queen has covered every single fact and issue that Seaspiracy brings to life on […]

Hong Kong’s Maskology Partners With A Plastic Ocean Foundation On Biodegradable Face Masks

5 Mins Read Hong Kong-based independent face mask brand Maskology has announced a new partnership with environmental nonprofit A Plastic Ocean Foundation to begin developing biodegradable disposable face masks. While anti-plastic campaigners have long called for a switch to reusable options, high-risk populations and personal preferences may still be a barrier to adopting more sustainable face coverings. By […]

Baby Shark Says ‘No Single-Use Plastic’ In New EcoDrive Collab With Pinkfong

2 Mins Read Hong Kong-based environmental nonprofit EcoDrive has teamed up with Pinkfong, the South Korean children’s entertainment brand most famous for its song “Baby Shark”, to release a new video featuring the iconic shark cartoon to raise awareness about plastic pollution. The learn-from-home campaign seeks to educate the younger generation about the impact that single-use plastics are […]

Thailand: Suez’ First Asia Plastic Recycling Plant Could Save 35K Tonnes In Emissions Per Year

3 Mins Read Suez, the French waste and water management multinational company, has opened its first plastic recycling plant in Asia. Located in Thailand, the plant will be able to convert 30,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste into post-consumer recycled plastics. It marks a significant development in the region’s recycling infrastructure to tackle the increasingly severe plastic pollution […]