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Environment 11 Dec 2018 | 8:30 AM

Used plastic water bottles will get you a ride on this bus in Surabaya

In Indonesia, the town of Surabaya’s go-green efforts include bus travel that passengers ‘pay’ for in used plastic water bottles or cups. It has proven so popular that extra services are planned.

Environment 14 Dec 2015 | 7:00 AM

These high-end jackets are made from ocean plastic

A Spanish company has found a way to recycle plastic waste from the sea into high-end clothing.

Animals 08 Sep 2017 | 6:00 AM

The scent of plastic trash makes fish think it’s food

Plastic is ending up in the bellies of marine life. A new study finds anchovies were actually attracted to some kinds of plastic, mistaking it for food.

Environment 06 Oct 2017 | 6:00 AM

Can tapioca starch ‘bioplastics’ be an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags?

An Indonesian biologist is offering an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags by using tapioca starch to make bioplastics.

Environment 09 Oct 2017 | 7:39 AM

Singapore offers discounts and freebies to wean consumers off plastic bags

Retailers in Singapore offer discounts and freebies to reduce use of plastic bags, bottles and containers and encourage reusable containers.

Environment 26 Jul 2018 | 7:07 AM

War on plastic leaves manufacturers clutching at straws

According to peer-reviewed US journal Science magazine, eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the Earth’s oceans and seas each year – 250kg every second.

Environment 29 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

The rising tide of plastic waste

From its creation through its rise in the 1990s, the world has embraced plastic as an affordable and versatile material. By the time its impact on the environment and marine ecosystems became clear, plastic had conquered the world marketplace.

Environment 27 Jan 2019 | 8:00 AM

Human Writes: Malaysia rated one of the world’s worst for plastic pollution

Malaysia not only struggles with disposing of its own plastic rubbish safely but is also importing plastic wastes from other countries. What gives, wonders Human Writes columnist Mangai Balasegaram.

Malaysia 12 Jun 2019 | 6:00 AM

Reducing plastic waste while travelling

It’s not that easy to use very little plastic when on your travels. Here are some ways to avoid using too much plastic while on holiday.

Mind 31 Jul 2017 | 6:11 AM

Men are having plastic surgery to look like South Korean stars, would you do it?

From 'man boob' reduction to rhinoplasty, more and more South Korean men are turning to plastic surgery to copy the look and body popularised by K-drama actors and K-pop singers.