The idea for throwaway diapers can be traced back to an anonymous nun working in the nursery of an Ohio hospital. 

Back in the mid-1950s, industrial historians say, she proposed that U.S. consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble invent a replacement for cloth diapers. She envisioned a…

Read more: Baby Diapers Are Hiding Some Dirty, Dangerous Secrets

Burning plastic smells awful. It also gives you that choking feeling… which is no surprise when you know that plastic is basically made of oil and gives off toxic fumes when it burns.


Smoke seen rising from burning waste in Nairobi’s Dandora dumpsite. Kenya’s plastic bag ban has…

Read more: Plastic bag bans can help reduce toxic fumes

Determining how much plastic ends up in the oceans each year is complex. Scientists often quote a 2010 estimate that the 192 countries in the world with coast­lines were together responsible for about eight million tons. That is about as much as a truckload of waste being tipped…

Read more: How microplastic particles are turning the oceans into plastic soup

Over 1000 people flocked to Durban’s beaches on Saturday – not for fun in the sun, but for a mass cleanup following the devastating floods which hit KwaZulu-Natal a week ago.


Following the deadly floods that hit KwaZulu-Natal, large stretches of the coastline around Durban has been littered…

Read more: A sea of support for Durban beach clean-up

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that although the Indian Ocean is the world's biggest dumping ground for plastic waste, nobody seems to know where it goes.

Professor Chari Pattiaratchi, from UWA's Oceans Graduate School and the Oceans Institute, said compared to other ocean basins,…

Read more: What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean?

The Western Indian Ocean, comprising nine African countries and Réunion (an island under France), has a 10 000 km stretch of coastline with crystal clear waters and rich coral reefs. But these marine and wildlife ecosystems, which are interdependent with the health, food security and national economies of…

Read more: Africa Must Act Against the Ballooning Indian Ocean Plastic Patch