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Alibaba Invests US$6M In Hong Kong Plant Fibre Packaging Startup Ecoinno

3 Mins Read Ecoinno, a Hong Kong-based company producing sustainable packaging made from plant fibres, has attracted US$6 million in a series A1 funding round led by two Alibaba funds. The startup says it will use the new capital to scale up production of its proprietary technology, ramp up research and development and increase consumer awareness about green […]

Want To Slow The Climate Crisis? Don’t Use Single-Use Plastics.

6 Mins Read By: Annie Leonard The fossil fuel industry is dependent on our plastic dependency. We can starve it. The fossil fuel industry is in trouble and has a sneaky idea for saving itself: It wants to produce lots more plastic. Many people don’t realize it, but almost all plastic is made from fossil fuels. So the same […]

Global Waste Crisis: Let’s Talk About Low-Value Plastics

4 Mins Read While plastic water bottles tend to dominate the headlines when it comes to the plastic waste crisis, the problem of low-value plastics often gets cast aside. But the reality is that low value plastics take up a massive share of global landfill waste that must be tackled if we are to properly combat the plastic […]

China Announces Single-Use Plastic & Plastic Bag Ban By End 2020

3 Mins Read In a recent policy announcement, China will be stepping up its restrictions on the sale, production and use of disposable plastic products. According to the state planner, the country will ban disposable plastic bags in all major cities by the end of this year, and will announce more phase-out policies as the country seeks to […]

INTERVIEW: Zero Waste Pioneer & Coconut Matter Founder On Following Your Heart & Why The Whole System Needs To Be Redesigned

5 Mins Read We sat down with Diane van Zwanenberg, founder of plastic-free natural and vegan beauty brand Coconut Matter who is making strides in promoting low-waste living in Asia and beyond. Diane has led the alternative beauty and cosmetics industry in Asia since she first introduced her pioneering plastic-free packaging brand, and has since encouraged many to […]

Water Pollution: The Invisible Threat The World Is Ignoring

3 Mins Read The latest report by the World Bank warns about the “invisible threat” that the planet is facing – water pollution – which will affect the health, economy, education and agriculture of both rich and poor countries alike. The report also outlines how water pollution will pose an issue for nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) […]

Marriott Hotels Ditches Single-Use Plastic Amenities Across All 7,000 Global Locations By 2020

2 Mins Read Following their 2018 initiative to reduce single-use plastics, Marriott International has just announced their plans to eliminate mini disposable toiletries from all their hotels globally by 2020. Replacing the single-use amenities in bathrooms will be large refillable pump bottles. Marriott’s decision comes after recent headlines by companies in the hospitality industry aiming to phase out […]

Hong Kong Government Plastic-Free Schemes: It’s Just Not Good Enough

3 Mins Read The second phase of the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department’s (EPD) plastic-free campaign targeting single-use takeaway dishware and cutlery claims that it has saved 1.2 million disposables from ending up in the city’s landfills and oceans since mid-June. The campaign involved more than 700 restaurants and caterers across the city, in a bid to encourage […]