Our Journey to #EndPlastic Waste
Global Perspectives,
Local Stories
July 23, 2021
Ever wondered how different drink containers fare in terms of sustainability? These results suggest that reusing and reducing waste is still the best way to protect the environment.
June 18, 2021
Only about 14% of our global plastic waste is recycled, but a future of circularity in plastics is not far off. See what challenges we must face to achieve that goal through advancing technology and innovative design.
June 3, 2021
Recycling is most often broadly grouped into either Mechanical Recycling or Chemical Recycling. Find out how these approaches can be used in sequence, keeping materials in circulation at the highest level of quality, economic, and environmental value as long as possible.
May 31, 2021
The circular economy, a buzzword of the moment, could help save the planet and ensure renewed economic growth for decades to come.
May 27, 2021
Why collective action from rival companies could help end plastic waste.
May 26, 2021
Plastic is a highly versatile material and it touches every aspect of our lives. It is in the packaging we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear. It sits at the centre of the modern world, in communication networks, computers, and construction. As great as plastic is—when it has ceased being useful it can become a problem.
May 26, 2021
There is much discussion on whether recycling will make a significant contribution in addressing waste plastic. We believe the answer is “very much so”. Circular plastics is an achievable goal, and recycling will be a big contributor to that.
May 12, 2021
Is the language and imagery used around plastic pollution stopping us from seeing the bigger picture? An interesting analysis of tweets and news reports from major media outlets and NGOs tries to unravel the complexity of communicating plastic pollution.
May 11, 2021
When it comes to cleanups, the actions of a few individuals have a powerful influence on others. See how these countries have come together to keep their communities clean.
May 5, 2021
Sweeping changes, like the plastic waste problem, can begin with a group of ordinary people setting out to clean their local area. Even individuals can make a difference.
May 4, 2021
From using plastic waste to fuel jet planes, to encouraging recycling by giving residents free rides—find out how these cities are increasing transport efficiency and ending plastic waste at the same time.
April 21, 2021
Contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan has led to an increase in bottled water consumption. Aware of the growing plastic problem, these opticians are now giving the trash a new lease of life in the shape of designer spectacles.
April 9, 2021
One of the most hands-on and satisfying ways to help end plastic waste is to organise a local cleanup. It’s a great way to build a community of people interested in reducing waste while improving your local environment.
March 30, 2021
This entrepreneur is taking the plastic problem in his community into his own hands by using it to make plastic boats.
March 22, 2021
Plastic is a life-changing resource, but the same qualities that make it useful—alongside poor waste management—have created a global waste challenge. Here’s what you need to know.
March 18, 2021
Transitioning to a world without waste means giving the next generation the knowledge, skills, and motivation to tackle environmental issues. Here are 10 of the world’s top waste education programmes.
March 16, 2021
Maria Temming, staff writer for physical sciences at Science News, explores what the various processes of recycling plastic are, and how designing products to be recyclable from the get-go will help solve the world’s plastic waste problem.
March 10, 2021
Two women from downtown Seoul have organised mass collections of over 85,000 bottle caps for transformation into useful household items
March 4, 2021
Materials expert, Sibele Cestari, says that plastic can be a sustainable material, we just need a system reset.
March 4, 2021
Recycling is a great way for individuals to help end plastic waste together. Plastic recycling creates raw materials for new products, providing a sustainable and low-carbon alternative to making new plastic.
March 3, 2021
There are many roads toward a sustainable future. Here are seven countries who are leading the way in finding creative solutions for local issues, and helping end plastic waste.
March 1, 2021
As the bridge between waste and recycling industries, waste pickers are indispensable in the journey toward a circular economy. Here’s how one company is supporting this vital profession in India.
February 23, 2021
Embracing circular economy practices is a complex challenge for industries that needs to involve the entire value chain of a product. Fortunately, a range of technological solutions are available to offer solutions.
February 18, 2021
The circular economy, a buzzword of the moment, could help save the planet and ensure renewed economic growth for decades to come
February 10, 2021
From instant knitting machines to fungus-grown plants, the fashion industry is starting to address its heavy impact on the environment.
December 21, 2020
Cutting down plastic waste during the festive season doesn’t mean compromising on sparkle and joy; taking the time to reduce, reuse, and recycle can be a great way to bond with loved ones and give unique gifts.
August 3, 2020
In the sixth article in this blog series, Bali-based Joi Danielson, Founder of Vital Ocean and SYSTEMIQ Partner, looks at how the separation of plastic from organic waste helps add value to the community, the environment, as well as all those involved in collecting, processing and using the end product. That helped Temesi Recycling build a viable organic waste processing operation in Bali, Indonesia.
July 26, 2020
In the fifth edition of a six-part blog series supported by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Pinky Chandran, founding member of SWMRT, trustee of Hasiru Dala and co-author of “Leave No Trace”, writes about her involvement in helping to solve Bangalore’s waste problem, by bringing together enthusiastic activists, with previously unrecognised waste pickers.
July 19, 2020
In the fourth article in this blog series, Bali-based Joi Danielson showcases Rumah Kompos Padangtegal (RKP), working in the challenging, high plastic-leakage environment in Indonesia to help build a robust waste collection system.
July 12, 2020
In the third edition of a six-part blog series supported by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Co-author of Leave No Trace, Julia Luchesi, talks about the need to remove the stigma around waste pickers and improve the quality of their lives. She showcases the work of people in the Cooperativa Sempre Verde, the National Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR) and the artists of Pimp My Carroca.
July 5, 2020
In the second of a six-part blog series supported by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Co-author of Leave No Trace, Julia Luchesi, talks about the importance of reframing our relationship with waste. It showcases how one social enterprise is working in challenging, high plastic-leakage environments to solve difficult and universal questions on building robust waste and recycling systems.
June 17, 2020
Our vision is to end plastic waste in the environment, but this vision means much more than just solving the waste challenge, it also looks at solutions to support better lives for millions of communities by enabling a local sustainable ecosystem. Our investments are directed by four strategic pillars, one of which is Infrastructure. The latter targets plastic waste leakage so every community should have universal access to an environment free of plastic waste at its source.
June 1, 2020
In the second of a four-part blog series, Vice President of Projects, Nicholas Kolesch, discusses how incentives to clean up plastic waste can be enabled through circularity and how a project in Ghana paves the way.
May 5, 2020
In the first of a four-part blog series, Vice President of Projects, Nicholas Kolesch, who joined us on 1 of May 2020 writes about how the Alliance is looking to foster innovative solutions in its journey to help end plastic waste.
April 21, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the world, disrupting lives on an unprecedented scale. At the time of this blog, there are 2.2 million cases globally. From philanthropy to production, from supply chains to waste management, cooperation has sprung everywhere, and businesses and individuals are aiding the fight in every community they serve. It is a level of cooperation that is unprecedented but needs to happen in this fight which is bigger than any of us.