How a design and culture revolution could help us tackle our plastic problem

It’s not a simple problem and it doesn’t have a simple answer — but here’s what we can do.

Ikea will ditch single-use plastics by 2020

The global retailer with 363 stores wants its customers to live more sustainably.

Banning plastic bags: Chile becomes the first country in the Americas to opt for a ban

Despite some city and state-wide measures, no other country in the Americas has banned plastic bags.

European Union considers total ban on plastic straws and cutlery

We can only hope this comes to fruition.

Plastics are ubiquitous in the deep ocean — even in the Mariana Trench

Plastic is everywhere — literally.

Arctic sea ice chock-full of microplastics, with over 12,000 particles per litre of ice

It should basically be called Arctic sea plastic by now.

A Sperm Whale Found Dead in Spain Had 30 Kilos of Plastic in Its Stomach

There’s just too much plastic in the oceans.

Researchers ‘accidentally improve’ a plastic-munching enzyme

Failing upwards!

Eating out linked with hormonal disruptions, researchers say

Researchers discover a 35% increase in the levels of a chemical substance linked to asthma, type 2 diabetes, and infertility, in those who dined at restaurants the previous day.

Rubber duckies are a haven for bacteria, new study shows

Adorable little dirty rubber duckies.

Lego will start making its first sustainable pieces, replacing plastic

Green toys are the best toys.

Billions of plastic pieces are entangled in the coral reefs, slowly killing them

We have a massive plastic pollution problem, with no solution in sight.

Brussels announces EU-wide strategy to fight plastic pollution

By 2030, you’ll have to bring a reusable cup to get coffee in the EU.

In 2016, Coca-Cola produced 1 billion more plastic bottles than in 2015

The forgotten ingredient of a Coke — plastic.

Scientists find blocks of polystyrene at the North Pole

The Arctic is screwed.

Tapwater around the world is full of microplastics, study reveals

It’s literally everywhere.

Virtually all sea salt is contaminated with microplastic, study finds

Pass me the sea salt please, and hold the plastic.

Your phone’s case and your car’s tires may soon be made from renewable, plant sugars

Sweet.

Additive recycles incompatible mixed plastics into uber-polymer

It overcomes a major hurdle in plastic recycling.

California becomes the first US state to ban plastic bags

California confirms its status as a leader in American sustainability, becoming the first US state ever to ban plastic bags.