In the past year, in the midst of an unfolding catastrophe like the coronavirus pandemic, we've also added more plastic to our daily use: PPE kits, gloves, face shields, N95 masks
COVID exposed the broken system of the plastic production and recycling sector: Here’s how we can fix it
Since before the pandemic, governments worldwide have shown a tendency to seek quick-fix solutions to plastic pollution in order to signal a decisive stance on sustainability.
Even pristine rain and snow now contain a cocktail of different types of microplastics, chemicals, natural and artificial particles
Cost of cleaning up plastic pollution around the world in 2019 amounted to $3.7 trillion: WWF report
WWF said societies were "unknowingly subsiding" plastic, with their estimates for the lifetime costs of 2019 production equivalent to more than India's GDP.
Migratory animals are 'most vulnerable' to plastic pollution, microplastics finds UN Asia-Pacific regional report
Researchers cited estimates that 80 percent of the plastic that ends up in the oceans originates on land -- with rivers thought to play a key role in carrying debris out to sea.
Indian moves to phase out single-use plastic items by 2022: Here are all the plastic items that will be banned
India generates around 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste per day and approximately 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste per year.
Plastic waste can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose, and even then, it never fully disappears; it just gets smaller and smaller.
Sri Lanka's MEPA said the microplastic pollution could cause years of ecological damage to the island.
Market for environment-friendly chocolates grows, as brands adopt low-waste processes, socially conscious attitude
Among the concerns that businesses are focused on to reduce environmental impact are low waste packaging, sourcing from organic farms, and using low-energy machinery.
Plastics are here to stay and production expected to exceed one billion tonnes by 2050, chemical recycling is promising.
Around ten million tonnes enter the ocean, but scientists estimate that only about 0.3 million tonnes of plastic is floating at the ocean surface.
There is evidence that that microplastics and even smaller particles called nano plastics move from a fish’s stomach to its muscle tissue, which is the part humans typically eat.
More than ten million tonnes of plastic enter the seas every year; they are made of chemicals that interfere with hormones, cause cancer, birth defects, and reduced fertility.
Net Free Seas has salvaged 15 tons of waste netting from sea waters in its first year of operation.
The top three plastic polluters India this year according to data received from 2018 - 2020 is Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Ltd, Unilever and Britannia.
Over a 21-day test period, the team found that the bottles released between 1.3 and 16.2 million plastic microparticles per litre.
The report said that areas with more floating rubbish generally had more microplastic fragments on the seafloor.
World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report
Plastic production has increased around four percent every year since 2000 and the industry expects that rate of growth to continue, driven mainly by emerging economies.
Tackling menstruation sustainably: How India's battle to provide environment-friendly sanitary pads is far from won
Though the Suvidha Initiative, which Narendra Modi championed in his Independence Day Speech, helped improve access to affordable sanitary pads, the oxo-degradable pads do not meet environmental quality standards
China was the biggest contributor to e-waste with 10.1 million tonnes, second was US with 6.9 million tonnes and India third with 3.2 million tonnes.