UN: Tougher plastic waste policies needed in Southeast Asia

More than half of the land-based plastic pollution in the world’s oceans originates from just five countries, four of which are in Southeast Asia

Zac Goldsmith promoted to Defra minister

The announcement is part of Boris Johnson’s mini reshuffle to his ministerial team following Brexit-induced resignations

Boris Johnson pledges £10m to protect Amazon rainforest

Fires have been raging across the world’s largest tropical rainforest, one of the most important carbon sinks

WHO calls for urgent research after microplastics found in drinking water

Plastic bottles and caps used in bottled water could be sources of microplastics but data is ‘extremely limited’

Global nations, apart from US, agree pact to cut plastic pollution

They amended the Basel Convention to include plastic waste as a legally binding framework

Waitrose launches £1m fund to crackdown on plastic pollution

It is inviting applications from charities, academic institutions, social enterprises, schools and colleges until 24th January

Can you turn food waste into sustainable plastic packaging?

Up to £60m is being provided for competitions to tackle the global plastic pollution problem

Roadmap to help UK businesses deliver ambitious plastics pact

It aims to enable the move of plastics from being a single-use disposable material to a ‘valued resource’

The Muswell Hill Moment: Ban on plastic straws & cotton buds

Watch the video to find out what the public think

M&S launches new ‘eco bag’ to reduce plastic waste

It aims to encourage UK shoppers to avoid using single-use plastic bags while helping reduce poverty in Haiti and the Philippines