Greenpeace Africa has just welcomed the Senegalese government, which has committed itself to a "Zero Waste" policy.

However, the NGO calls on the Senegalese authorities to place particular emphasis on the eradication of single-use plastic packaging. Pollution from this waste has reached a critical level. According to Greenpeace,…

Read more: SENEGAL: Greenpeace appeals to government on single-use plastics

Environmental experts from nine African countries on Wednesday met in Tanzania to discuss issues related to Indian Ocean governance.

The experts are from countries who are implementing the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystem Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms, which was derived from a previous…

Read more: African Experts Meet In Tanzania To Discuss Indian Ocean Governance

Last month, Bacardi announced its new “The Future Doesn’t Suck” campaign--a joint venture with ocean activist organization Lonely Whale dedicated to eliminating all plastic straws, even digital emojis that depict straws and single-use plastic cups.



This corporate anti-straw position isn’t new. Last year, Starbucks announced it would eliminate…

Read more: Promising, Private Efforts to Save the Oceans

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