Plastic pollution

Latin America, the US’s new plastic dumping ground.

Every year the US sends thousands of tons of plastic waste to Latin America. Mexico, El Salvador and Ecuador are the main recipients of waste that is largely unsuitable for recycling. Loopholes in international regulations also lead to the shipment…

“Barbechas”: Protectors of the Environment in Tunisia

“Barbechas” of Tunisia are some of the most underrated workers in the country. Though their work is difficult and precarious, it is important as it helps protect the environment from plastic waste. The term “barbechas” refers to people in Tunisia…

Philippine consumer and environmental groups urge government to tackle plastic pollution at source: ban single-use plastics

12 March 2021. Consumer advocacy group Laban Konsyumer Inc. and environmental health group EcoWaste Coalition have jointly urged the government to tackle plastic pollution at source such as by banning single-use plastics (SUPs). Through a joint statement to mark this…

Can Recycling Really Solve The Plastic Problem?

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust and Arshad M. Khan The practice of recycling has everything to commend it:  On a finite planet, it conserves resources; it is meretricious allowing us, as it does, to pin a mental merit badge on…

‘A Line in the Sand’ – Global Commitment to Eliminate Plastic Pollution at the Source

A Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source has been signed by 250 organisations including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. The New Plastics Economy Global…

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

By George Monbiot for The Guardian We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an…