Plastic straws are one thing… but what about banning balloons?!

Government officials in the US state of Maryland are working to introduce a new bill to stop plastic balloons littering the environment

Japan’s famous Nara Deer killed by plastic pollution

One dead deer’s stomach was found to contain 4.3 kilogrammes of plastic after it ate wrappers and packaging littered in the scenic area

Coca Cola extends plastic-recycling ride with Merlin Theme Parks

The scheme has been extended to SEA LIFE Blackpool, SEA LIFE London and Warwick Castle Resort

Work begins to remove plastic from Cumbrian river

The 2.5km of plastic was installed around 25 years ago in the River Keekle near Whitehaven to protect it from contamination from mineworks

Unilever launches refillable bottles to make cleaning products even cleaner

The consumer goods giant’s new ‘ecorefill’ bottles aim to change how packaging is made, distributed, used and disposed of

Bali puts single-use plastic on a permanent gap year with wide-ranging ban

The move aims to stop items such as plastic bottles, carrier bags, coffee cups and polystyrene packaging ending up in the ocean

Environmentally-friendly Chuck Taylors to hit the shelves

Converse is to release models made from recycled plastic bottles, upcycled textiles and reused cotton canvas

Aldi wipes plastic packaging off its toilet paper shelves

The supermarket chain says swapping plastic packaging on loo roll with paper could save 935 tonnes of plastic across the UK each year, if adopted on a national basis

Corona says screw waste with stackable new cans

The beer brand says the innovation could end the use of environmentally-damaging plastic rings

Was Glastonbury such a plastic-free party after all?

This year, the iconic festival made the commitment to go entirely plastic free but the aftermath shows this may not have been as successful as initially hoped