Protector or polluter? The impact of COVID-19 on the movement to end plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva Plastics play a key role in protecting people, especially frontline workers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Informal waste pickers are particularly vulnerable to […]

This is what the UK’s major supermarkets say about plastic packaging and the environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Consumers are pressuring brands and retailers to reduce plastic packaging. A new report from the Green Alliance suggests plastic alternatives may cause other problems for the environment, too. Greater involvement from government […]

This man ran across the USA to raise awareness of 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 He’s run thousands of kilometres to raise awareness of marine pollution. The plastic waste on his home of Bali inspired him to take action. 8 million tonnes of plastic waste end up […]

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer, CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley Plastics reduction and climate change are sustainable investors’ top priorities. Solutions to plastic waste must come from all sectors. Financial […]

Our indispensable problem: the paradox of modern plastics

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 Plastics have brought enormous benefits along with enormous challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue of plastic waste. To tackle it will require a multi-pronged, circular economy-based response. Here’s an […]

This man is installing 100 trash barriers in Bali’s rivers to stop plastic pollution

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 Sungai Watch is the latest initiative from Gary and Sam Bencheghib, whose Make a Change platform promotes ocean plastic clean-up. Make a Change has partnered with German tech start-up Plastic Fischer to […]

These scientists are using sound waves to filter plastic fibres from washing machine wastewater

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 Washing machines contribute to marine plastic pollution 60% of material made into clothing is plastic A single load of washing could release hundreds of thousands of microfibres Japanese researchers test acoustic wave […]

We can use plastics to change the world for the better

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lesley Van Staveren, Co-founding director, ReGen Plastics Plastic is often referred to as a material that needs to be eradicated. There is no doubt that the way we use plastics and our understanding of it as a resource […]

The water where baby fish are outnumbered 7 to 1 by plastic

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 Tiny larval fish in the nursery waters off the coast of Hawaii have a new and plentiful source of food, which has no nutritional value, is high in toxins, and can take decades […]

5 creative alternatives to plastic packaging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Around 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans every year, causing untold damage to marine life, biodiversity and human health. Most plastics do not biodegrade. And yet, because the material is […]

What are plastics and why do they matter? An explainer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fernando J. Gómez, Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum & Simonetta Rima, Research and Analysis Specialist, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum A group of materials now known collectively as plastics has played a […]

3 ways we are making an impact on plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva By now you’ve likely heard this harrowing statistic: by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. While that data […]

Five ways individuals can help save the oceans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniela V. Fernandez, Founder and CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance I have never understood why society believes young people are not capable of changing the world; ideas change the world, and young people are full of ideas and the energy […]

Why the next 4 months are crucial to the future of the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14.6 is the UN’s clarion call for harmful fisheries subsidies to be prohibited by 2020, a task of global importance assigned to the World […]

5 ways Coca-Cola is cleaning up its plastic footprint in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Food and beverage packaging is an important part of our modern lives. Yet it is clear the world has a waste problem, with plastic pollution becoming an increasingly important social and environmental concern. […]

Seaweed straws and loose-leaf tea: 6 ways to reduce plastic waste

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 In the past 65 years, plastic production has substantially outpaced that of any other manufactured material. And while it is incredibly useful and versatile, the financial, as well as environmental, costs associated […]

‘Eco-shaming’ is on the rise, but does it work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elaine Thelen, Writer, Formative Content How are your green credentials? Unless they’re whiter than white, you may encounter a new phenomenon: ‘eco-shaming’. With environmental activism on the rise this year as the consequences of climate change become all […]

This plastic drinks bottle is made from plants

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 Plastic has transformed many aspects of daily life, from keeping food fresh to ensuring medical supplies stay sterile. But in recent years it has become public enemy number one – almost entirely because […]

Inspired by orange peel, this ‘plastic’ packaging is totally compostable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content What do you think of when you think of orange peel? Probably not a lot – it keeps the inside safe and juicy, right? Well, exactly. TIPA, a new World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, […]

Microplastics have spread right to the sea bed, study finds

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Microplastics are pervasive from the surface to the seafloor and are probably entering the food chain. That’s the conclusion of a new study of plastic debris measuring less than 5 millimeters across carried […]

David Attenborough’s worried about this ocean threat – and it’s not plastic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content If the ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest in the world. But instead of fostering it as a resource, humans are jeopardising its future – using it as […]

This Danish scheme is offering free kayak rides… for picking up trash

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 On some European waterways a fleet of kayaks has been fitted with an unusual accessory… a trash can. These bright green boats are free to rent, but volunteers are required to work […]

This Indian school accepts plastic waste instead of fees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content It’s not unusual for children to arrive at school carrying bags. Usually, you might expect them to be full of books. But at one school in India, students are turning up with […]

Scientists have created a new kind of plastic that could be infinitely recyclable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sophie Hirsh, Writer, Green Matters By now, you’ve probably heard the statistic that only about 9 percent of plasticsactually get recycled, with the rest winding up in landfills and oceans. To combat the plastic crisis, many eco-conscious people are turning […]

Mexico City is banning single-use plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Mexico City is going to war on plastic waste. A decade after its authorities started charging shoppers for carrier bags, it has passed a ban on a number of single-use plastic items. Plastic […]

The 10 most common types of plastic choking Europe’s rivers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content That our rivers and oceans are choked with plastic is well-documented. But where is all this waste coming from? Based on analysis of almost 200,000 objects found in rivers across Europe, including France, […]

What happens when you toss your water bottle in the trash?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content Think you’ve done enough by making sure your waste plastic goes in the right recycling bin? Perhaps you imagine it floating off to a happy place, returning in a few months as […]

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in tap water, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment than bottled water, on Thursday. MEPs propose to tighten the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), harmful bacteria, […]

Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. 560 MEPs voted in favour of the agreement with EU ministers, 35 against and 28 abstained. The following products will be banned in the […]

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 […]