Plastic waste is a serious problem on the island nation of Sao Tomé and Principe off the west coast of Africa. A local initiative tackles the problem by involving the whole population in collecting plastic bottles.
Microplastics aren't just fouling the world's oceans - invisible plastic fibers are polluting drinking water tapped by millions of people. Where do these fibers come from, and how bad are they for human health?
Tunisia and Kenya recently joined the ranks of African countries banning the use of plastic bags - but poor waste management and a mentality of littering make the prospect of a plastic waste-free society unrealistic.
Principé has launched an initative encouraging locals to trade 50 discarded plastic bottles for a reusable aluminium one. The island is hoping to be largely plastic free by 2020.
Trading plastic trash for a reusable stainless steel bottle. This idea, among others, is helping the island of Principe go plastic-free. The program has already eliminated hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles.
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