Rappler's latest stories on plastics
Japan produces more plastic packaging waste per capita than any nation apart from the United States, according to the UN
The authors believe Antarctic creatures eat plastic fragments while grazing on their usual food
While it may seem hard, environmental advocates say people can lessen the waste they produce daily even during the coronavirus pandemic
You can do you part in helping Mother Earth despite the lockdown
Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it
The company is starting in their own backyard – by reducing their plastic waste
The plastic industry resists banning single-use plastics even as environmental group EcoWaste points out that it's the solution to plastic pollution
'The Story of Plastic' hopes to help the audience have a better idea about the gravity of the plastic pollution crisis, as well as some insight into workable solutions
Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries
Several mall operators and convenience stores in Thailand ban single-use plastic bags and will instead see customers paying a small fee for a reusable bag made of a cloth-like fabric
From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'
Nakalulungkot na tayong nagrereklamo tungkol sa lumalalang basura ay siya ring nagpaplastikan sa implementasyon ng polisiyang makakalutas sana sa nasabing problema
They aim to educate the youth on the importance of recycling in each concert and roadshow event organized
The switch from green to clear plastic bottle packaging is an industry-first sustainability initiative in Southeast Asia
Police say some 150 people were working in the tin-shed ground floor factory when a fire broke out with a loud bang in one of the rooms
Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money
The proposed excise tax is expected to generate P4.8 billion on its first year of implementation to fund the government's solid waste management efforts
The Southeast Asian country is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic, with Thais using up to 3,000 single-use plastic bags each per year, whether for wrapping street food, takeaway coffee or packing groceries.
How will you practice a zero-waste lifestyle? Here's a running list of zero-waste initiatives that you can be a part of.
‘That is good, if he decides to be serious about it,’ one netizen writes
President Rodrigo Duterte floats the idea during a Cabinet meeting, but is still deciding which alternative materials can be used in place of single-use plastics
The move brings Japan in line with many other countries that have already adopted the environmentally friendly measure, but it will only come into effect in July 2020
#ManyWaystoZeroWaste is a movement pushing for responsible ways to use reduce plastic
This is how plastics make their way into our food chain
The Philippines needs to catch up where regulating plastic use is concerned
'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago
A study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans are mostly the result of merchant marine vessels tossing their waste overboard by the ton
The Race for Water Foundation is organizing school visits and workshops to educate different individuals and organizations on the global plastic pollution challenge
The winning group proposes to turn sari-sari stores into refilling stations and exchange sachets for coins to address the country’s plastic waste at the 2019 Social Good Summit
While use of refillables and package-free purchasing is becoming trendy among the wealthy, what do we do about the 'tingi' and sari-sari store culture among most Filipinos that contribute to plastic waste?
This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot
7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key
Participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit say the plastics problem in the country must also be treated as a social and economic issue
The campaign aims to engage the government, corporations, and communities in finding solutions to our plastic waste problem
Snapshots of the zero waste movement in the Philippines
Independent conservation group World Wide Fund is working together with various stakeholders to reduce plastic pollution
Meanwhile, the government is expected to launch a national campaign in mid-September through 3 phases – an awareness drive, the collection of single-use plastics, and its recycling
A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey
The World Health Organization says: 'We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere – including in our drinking water'
One comment online says: 'It's a pity for those who fed her milk and collected sea grass for their little daughter that we have to lose Mariam because of plastic waste'
A packaging material that is made from the plant has been developed by a Mexican researcher and is offering a promising solution to one of the world's biggest pollution conundrums
An hour-long bus ride with unlimited stops costs 3 large bottles, 5 medium bottles or 10 plastic cups. But they must be cleaned and cannot be squashed.
Data on the combined solid, plastic, food and hazardous waste of 194 countries shows that the world now produces an average of 2.1 billion tons of trash each year – enough to fill more than 820,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools
'New Zealanders are proud of our country's clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,' says Environment Minister Eugenie Sage
When I decided to be a lawyer, I wanted to uphold truth and justice at all costs, working hard to fight not only for my countrymen and the motherland, but for Mother Nature as well.
The Plastic Barter store aims to help solve Cebu City’s plastics problem and provide jobs to former prisoners and dumpsite dwellers
Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a 'Bangkok Declaration' on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to 'prevent and significantly reduce marine debris'
Could plastic bags actually be better for the environment than paper ones?
G20 member countries commit to reduce plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done