A surge in carbon emissions and failure to comply with hazardous waste policies are hindering Asia's progress towards the sustainable development goals. The degradation of its environmental resources is 'alarming', says the UN.
Edible cups made from seaweed. Shopping bags from cassava starch. Food containers from sugarcane fiber. These are some of the bioplastic alternatives being tried out in Indonesia, the world’s No. 2 producer of seaweed.
Activists say the facility, a joint venture between the beverage giant and Thai packaging firm Indorama Ventures, would still require virgin feedstock derived from fossil fuels. They also took issue with the companies’ claim that PET bottles are not single-use packaging.
The way plastic looks might be one of its attractive features for marine species. But a new study has found that plastic particles can smell like food when they are underwater, explaining why turtles are consuming it in the first place.
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana –
Asia Pacific has taken great strides to eradicate poverty and hunger, but the region must do more—and fast—to meet environment-focused Sustainable Development Goals as the sustainability narrative is dominated by the Covid-19 virus, writes UNESCAP's Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.
David Teh and Tehmina Khan –
By 2050, two-thirds of the world's citizens will live in cities, putting pressure on infrastructure such as waste management systems. How can IoT help develop smarter ways of reducing waste?
Robin Hicks –
As Singapore-based salad bar chain SaladStop! marks its 10th anniversary, co-owner Katherine Desbaillets talks to Eco-Business about phasing out meat, food waste and single-use packaging, and dealing with customers who refuse to pay 10 cents for a plastic bag.
Micah Castelo, Mongabay.com –
The Philippine government has begun the process of relocating more than 200,000 families living along waterways to restore Manila Bay, the main body of water in the capital.
Ying Xuan Kong –
A campaign by the WWF Singapore has revealed that the average person consumes approximately 5g of plastic every week. The NGO is calling on governments and businesses around the world to forge a global treaty to tackle plastic pollution.
The global fight against climate change is gradually gaining momentum, with countries like Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, and the EU reaffirming commitment to the Paris Agreement, and more than ...
Plastic waste is a growing concern worldwide. Recent publications and reports have highlighted the significant risk related to the mismanagement of plastic for the environment, the human health, and the ...