Plastic — made from fossil fuels — lasts literally forever.
All the plastic waste we produce ends up somewhere, be that the street, the landfill or the ocean. DW examines the growing problem of plastic pollution.
Almost three years ago, DW reporter Tamsin Walker set for herself and her family the challenge of living plastic-free for four weeks. The first month went so well that she decided to extent the experiment for a further two. Three years later, we check in to see how she's kept it up.
There's a broad range of bioplastics. Not all bioplastics are necessarily made from natural renewable materials — at least not completely. We speak to chemical engineering professor Bruce Ramsay who's with Canada's Queens University. Can you walk us through the differences when it comes to non-plastic? Let's maybe start out by explaining the terms bio-based, biodegradable and compostable.
Women in Saudi Arabia made the headlines this week. They are now allowed to drive, thanks not least to the campaigning by some bold women. In this week's episode, we'll meet some other bold women: Abu Dhabi's first female falconer, an Indian activist fighting plastic pollution, an Italian investigative journalist uncovering a mozzarella scandal and a Canadian diver exploring underwater mysteries.
Bags, bottles, drinking straws — all contain plastic, an invention we just can't do without. But it's become a menace to life on Earth, now found in Arctic ice and the stomachs of ocean creatures. Rajeshwari Singh has walked more than 1,100 kilometers across India to raise awareness about plastic pollution. Her key message: "My waste, my responsibility." Jasvinder Sehgal reports.