Plastic is produced in vast amounts, is extremely useful and makes manufacturers a lot of money. Little thought was given to the fact that it doesn't go away once it is no longer needed. Alternatives need to be found if we are not to be overwhelmed.
Modern cloth nappies are a convenient alternative to disposables. But in trying to solve one environmental problem, are they contributing to another? Samantha Early aired her dirty laundry in public to find some answers.
The Ocean Cleanup nonprofit aims to deploy "The Interceptor" in 1,000 rivers responsible for 80% of plastic entering oceans. It should use natural currents to collect plastic, while allowing animals and ships to pass.
One of the world's biggest users of plastics is seriously rethinking its environment policy. Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30% in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.
A Philippine city blanketed in ash has turned adversity into an opportunity. In a time of disaster, residents have got creative by mixing volcano ash and trash to help reconstruct communities ravaged by Taal.
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