Indonesia has a plan to deal with its plastic waste problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Image: The New Plastics Economy report In Indonesia, plastic waste is a very modern-day enemy. It’s such a problem that, last year, the army was called in to scoop it out of the […]

Here’s what happened when one Guatemalan town went to war on plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer , Formative Content Mauricio Mendez, mayor of a small Mayan town in south-west Guatemala, is leading a revolt against plastic pollution. In 2016 he initiated a ban on the sale and distribution of single-use plastics […]

This is how companies are working together to create a world without waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Quincey, Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company With another World Economic Forum Annual Meeting complete, I continue to reflect on the headway we’ve made since launching our World Without Waste initiative in Davos one year ago. We’re making […]

Why the ocean holds the key to sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway It is only 12 years until 2030, the deadline for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world has set itself an ambitious task. To reach the SDGs we will have […]

We must stop choking the ocean with plastic waste. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Chemical Company The ocean can’t take any more. For centuries we have dumped our unwanted waste into the seas, creating a crisis that threatens not only marine life, but everything that depends on […]

We need to bin disposable items for good. Here are 5 ways to do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Szaky, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle Single-use products and packaging are convenient and affordable – and causing a growing waste crisis. Scientists have been alarmed to discover plastic pieces in locations far removed from human populations, such […]

This 12-year-old built an underwater robot to fight plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content An underwater robot that’s the brainchild of a 12-year-old girl from Massachusetts could be deployed someday in the war against marine plastic pollution. One of the 30 finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS competition […]

Parliament and Council agree drastic cuts to plastic pollution of environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans provisionally agreed between Parliament and Council, on Wednesday. Lead MEP Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE) said: “Citizens expected only one thing from the European Union, that […]

How to stop plastic pollution at source

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation The problem with plastic starts long before it reaches our oceans, rivers and beaches. Plastic waste and pollution are symptoms of a broken system in which we design products without considering what […]

The Philippines is reopening a ‘cesspool’ island after a six month clean up

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer No tourist destination wants the moniker “cesspool.” But earlier this year, the Philippines island of Boracay – one of the nation’s major and heavily exploited tourist destinations – was dubbed as such by President Rodrigo […]

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under […]

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed plans on Tuesday to improve consumers’ trust in drinking water from the tap, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment compared to bottled water. The legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by […]

Can big events really go plastic-free? A water capsule made from seaweed may be the answer

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaime Nack, President, Three Squares Inc. Whether they are conferences or galas, concerts or company retreats, events are usually pretty wasteful. They often consume large amounts of energy and resources. For instance, the average 500-person conference can produce […]

Microplastic and nanoplastic pollution threatens our enviroment. How should we respond?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tyra HorngrenPhD candidate, University of Melbourne & Bart Kolodziejczyk, Research Fellow, Monash University The 1907 development of Bakelite, which was the first mass-produced plastic used as an electrical insulator, sparked our dependence on synthetic polymers. Bakelite was durable, […]

This plastic-free bag dissolves in water

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The humble plastic bag has been with us since 1965, when a team of Swedish designers and engineers hit upon an idea for convenient packaging. Just over 50 years later, as many […]

New York high school students are getting free water bottles to cut plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content What happens when you give free eco-friendly water bottles to thousands of high schoolers? You get a drastic reduction in plastic waste. Or at least that’s the idea behind a new partnership […]

MEPs propose ways to boost plastics recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. They advocate creating a genuine single market for recycled plastics, and propose measures to tackle marine litter. Incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are […]

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU countries should promote universal access to clean water for all in the EU, said the Environment Committee on Monday. The legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps […]

Asia’s plastic problem is choking the world’s oceans. Here’s how to fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content ASEAN member states are among the world’s biggest sources of plastic pollution. More than half of the plastic waste in the ocean comes from just five Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam […]

Time to say goodbye to the plastic straw. But what’s the best alternative?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Consider the plastic straw. The once ubiquitous and popular item has become a symbol of our throw-away culture and the proliferation of non-recyclable materials. In the US and UK alone, 550 million plastic straws are thrown […]

End of plastic water bottles at European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament will phase out the use of all plastic water bottles and other single-use plastic items. The Bureau of the European Parliament decided on Monday to phase out the use of all plastic water bottles as well as other single-use plastic items […]

This AI is working with a fleet of drones to help us fight ocean plastic

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Formative Content An army of drones is joining the fight against plastic pollution. Why? Because to fix a problem, you first need to understand it. Photos taken by the drones are being used by machine-learning algorithms […]

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from just 10 rivers

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content Over the last decade we have become increasingly alarmed at the amount of plastic in our oceans. More than 8 million tons of it ends up in the ocean every year. If we continue […]

Businesses, governments and consumers to implement a more climate-friendly approach to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day 2018

Everyone addressed plastic pollution yesterday celebrating the UN World Environment Day which this year is hosted in New Delhi, India. The global campaign of the U.N. to create awareness and urge companies, NGO’s, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment. […]

We don’t need to ban plastic. We just need to start using it properly

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation Humanity’s relationship with plastic is rather schizophrenic. It is present in almost every aspect of modern life, from water bottles to aircraft. Without it, our lives would not be the same. However, it […]

“Beyond the beach: tackling plastic pollution upstream”, a Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Plastic has been nothing short of miraculous. In our kitchens and supermarkets, it’s helped cut down on food waste. It’s the source of medical […]