'Plastic-free shopping' chain Scoop mandates customers to wear disposable plastic gloves before entering its stores in Singapore to protect against Covid-19 contagion. The Australian firm says the measure is to reduce the threat of its business closing.
The debate on plastic pollution and single-use packaging rages on but more than finding alternatives to plastic, it is vital to address the lack of disposal facilities and stop plastic from leaking into the oceans.
Driven by the Covid-induced oil price plunge, factories in China are mixing cheaper virgin plastic with recycled plastic and selling it as 100 per cent post-consumer content. Brands with sustainability commitments need to be sure they're buying genuinely recycled material. But how?
Out of more than 400 entries from over 60 countries around the globe, seven finalists have been shortlisted to vie for up to S$1 million in funding for ground-breaking solutions towards sustainable and future-ready Asian cities.
Vincent Kneefel and John Duncan –
The amount of plastic entering the ocean is projected to grow four-fold by 2050. Transformative changes, including moving away from single-use towards re-useable packaging, are needed to save our oceans, say Vincent Kneefel and John Duncan.
Erna Solberg and Tommy Remengesau –
The impact of the Covid-19 crisis is global, and national recovery efforts must be globally focused to seize shared opportunities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the global domain that unites us – the ocean.
Liz Hollaway and Jenna Jambeck
and Ellie Moss and Brajesh Dubey –
Tackling the causes ocean pollution can have compounding effects. These seven solutions detail how to reduce plastic waste and other ocean pollution.
Asia-Pacific's waters, and the people, food systems and fish stocks that depend on them, are under threat. Saving the region's oceans requires collaborative efforts, better data and transboundary ocean management.
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.
Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez –
Nine months after she was appointed to lead Malaysia's environment ministry, Yeo Bee Yin spoke to Eco-Business about gender equality, plastic pollution and boosting the country's green industry.