Plastic Waste sickens Coral Reefs

Plastic Waste sickens Coral Reefs

As if warming water temperatures were not bad enough for them, the region’s fragile coral reefs are facing an existential threat from another source: plastic waste. Reefs in the Asia-Pacific region have been swamped with billions of pieces of plastic waste, large and small, which has increased the threat of…

Let’s Mend our Wasteful Ways

Let’s Mend our Wasteful Ways

Often it seems we’re drowning in waste. In some cases, literally so. In the world’s seas and oceans, plastic waste has been accumulating at alarming speeds, engulfing large swathes of water and choking marine life in the process. On land too, there is way too much waste, putting great strains on…

The Problem of Plastic Waste will require Drastic Measures

The Problem of Plastic Waste will require Drastic Measures

Plastic waste is everywhere, but several countries, from Malawi to Morocco, have made plans to phase out plastic shopping bags and other disposable items. Now, following in their footsteps, Great Britain is planning to enact new measures aimed at weaning customers off disposable plastic products that are chucked out after…

Plastic Waste is a Threat to Sea Turtles

Plastic Waste is a Threat to Sea Turtles

Plastic bottles and bottle caps. Plastic candy wrappers and plastic shopping bags. Plastic cups and plastic boxes. Plastic shoes and plastic flip-flops. Plastic cigarette lighters and plastic toothbrushes. There are billions upon billions of such random pieces of plastic waste floating around in the ocean and marine animals have ended…

Plastics have contaminated Sea Salt

Plastics have contaminated Sea Salt

It’s not as if we’ve needed any more confirmation that plastic pollution is a terrible scourge on the environment and a threat to human health. But here it comes some more evidence anyhow: microplastics have been contaminating sea salt. Each year a staggering 12.7 million tons of plastic ends up…

Going all Biodegradable in Sabah

Going all Biodegradable in Sabah

Sabah is known for a number of things: its world-renowned biodiversity, its stunningly beautiful landscapes, its diving havens of marine beauty … and its rampant plastic waste. Despite frequent educational campaigns, locals continue littering with wanton abandon. Most of these campaigns, well-intentioned as they have been, have failed to make…

Worms may help us Solve the Scourge of Plastic Waste

Worms may help us Solve the Scourge of Plastic Waste

A solution to the scourge of plastic waste around the planet may come from an unlikely source: worms. Wax worms, to be precise. Federica Bertocchini, a European scientist who is an amateur beekeeper, recently discovered that Galleria mellonella grubs, which are small parasitic creatures that feed on beeswax inside honey combs, also chow down…

Let’s ban Microbeads in Malaysia

We are what we eat, a saying goes. We are also what we do. And what we do is continue to pollute our oceans and wind up eating poisoned fish as a result. There is some irony in that: the pollutants that we release wantonly into our seas often end…

Turning Plastic Waste into Fuel

Turning Plastic Waste into Fuel

One hundred million tons. That’s how much plastic we produce globally each year with most of it ending up as waste adding to the massive amounts of plastic trash already piled up in mountainous landfills or suffocating marine life in vast atolls of toxic flotsam. It gets worse. Some 95%…

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Help Revolutionize Recycling

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Help Revolutionize Recycling

We all know the drill: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Except, of course, that by and large Malaysians continue to be laggards when it comes to recycling. Only a mere 15% of solid waste was collected for recycling all of last year. Perhaps a solution to all those growing mounds of non-biodegradable…