Malaysia vows to send plastic waste back to countries of origin

Last month Philippines ordered Canada to take back 69 shipping containers filled with Canadian trash. And now Malaysia has announced that it will be shipping out 450 metric tonnes of plastic trash to its countries of origins.

From remote Australian islands to the Mediterranean Sea: Plastic Islands

On the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, researchers have determined over 414-million pieces of plastic have washed up on shore. In the Mediterranean, off the coast of Corsica Island, the island of floating plastic and garbage is several dozen km long.

Ocean plastic pollution costs the planet $2.5 trillion per year

Global plastic pollution and the damage it causes to marine ecosystems now has a price tag attached to it. UK and Norway researchers now came up with a staggering figure – $2.5 billion – as the annual cost to society.

The major source of ocean plastic pollution

“Nurdles” may sound cute but they pose a huge risk to the marine environment. Also known as “mermaid tears”, these small plastic pellets are a feedstock in the plastic industry.

A Plastic-Eating Robot Shark Was Just Deployed off the UK Coast

TWasteShark, an electric vehicle that traverses waterways, can autonomously gather up to 132 pounds of plastic waste at a time. If it’s deployed five days a week, it can remove 15.6 tons of plastic waste from a body of water per year.

Plastic-Cleaning Contraption in the Caribbean

SodaStream announced the launch of a plastic-cleaning contraption dubbed the "Holy Turtle" into the ocean today. It is the first such cleanup initiative undertaken by a commercial company.

Ben Lecomte's Trans-Pacific Swim Breaks the 1,000-Mile Mark

Lecomte, who’s attempting to become the first man to swim across the Pacific in an effort to highlight ocean health and conservation, is now a distance of 1,000 nautical miles from his starting point.

Will Seabins save our oceans? The Seabin Project

Seabins are being installed at harbors and marinas across the planet with the simple task of cleaning up garbage and possibly oil floating in the water.

Indonesia mobilizes 20,000 citizens to clean up plastic pollution

Indonesia wastes upward of 10 billion plastic bags every year, making it the second highest polluter of plastic in the world. Thousands of volunteers gathered around the country in one of the largest plastic cleanups to date.

Ocean Cleanup to Launch in September

The Ocean Cleanup project is set to launch its first full-scale system early next month with the goal of reducing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by half in five years.

Africa Is Leading the Way in the Fight Against Plastic

In recent years, more than 60 countries have enacted policies to limit plastic use and more people embark on zero plastic challenges. Emerging epicenters of this movement are in capital cities across Africa.

The largest hotel chain is removing plastic straws from its hotels

Marriott Hotels will be eliminating plastic straws from its 6,500 hotels within the next year.

Floating public park in Rotterdam made from recycled plastic waste

More than 1,000 square feet of plastic ultimately destined to pollute the ocean is getting a second lease on life in Rotterdam.

Indian Fishermen Collect Ocean Plastic to Build Roads

A group of 5,000 fishermen who rely on the “Mother Sea” to survive have taken it upon themselves to clean up the oceans – and use the piles of waste to repair their roads and create jobs.

6th grader invents device that hunts for ocean microplastics

A creation is an underwater device that uses light to detect harmful pollution in the ocean and it does so without harming living organisms.