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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Plastic is a global problem. It’s also a global opportunity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lacy, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy & Wesley Spindler, Circulars Program Director, Accenture Strategy & Cathy McAndrew, Innovation Lead, Circulars Team, Accenture Strategy Plastic: a most versatile and ubiquitous material, it is difficult to imagine life without it. […]

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 […]

“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 […]

UN Environment Assembly 2017: where the world convenes to #BeatPollution

The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is concluding today in Nairobi, Kenya, with more than 4.000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives to partake in this three-day meeting. Pollution and the ways to eliminate all its forms is the target of every leader, activist, scientist […]