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 entrepreneur built an island resort out of plastic waste

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 The island off Africa’s Ivory Coast floats on 700,000 plastic bottles packed into boxes. The resort is equipped with solar panels and has a pool. Entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to control […]

Plastic waste from Western countries is poisoning Indonesia

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 Indonesia has become a dumping ground for plastic from Australia, Europe and North America. The waste is burned as fuel by local communities, causing respiratory illness and other long-term health problems for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This is what countries are doing to fight plastic waste

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 The world is entering a new era in its relationship with plastic. What was once a miracle product has become public enemy number one. Plastic’s success is largely due to the fact that it […]