At a conservative estimate, people around the world are consuming a credit card's-worth of microplastic every week, according to a new study.
From nets that catch litter coming out of storm drains to roads made of recycled rubbish, some small West Australian councils are attracting global attention for their environmental ideas.
The recycling industry says it is ready to capitalise on election promises made by the Morrison Government to tackle Australia's waste crisis, but is warning they only address half the problem.
From afar, it might look like Michelle Blewitt is teaching bystanders how to pan for gold, as she vigorously shakes a sieve full of sand on a beach, but on closer inspection, she is teaching locals how to hunt for microplastics.
The United Nations says 187 countries have reached a deal aiming to sharply reduce the amount of plastic that gets washed into the world's oceans — but the United States are a notable hold-out.
In a backyard shed, artist Kerrie Taylor makes jewellery out of cutlery.
Ocean lover Adam Western was sick of picking up Mentos mint wrappers from his favourite beach so he decided it was time somebody challenged the global confectionery company.
There are plenty of examples of successful recycling operations in Australia. Why isn't more being done asks Phillip Lasker
The South Australian Government is looking at banning single-use plastic products such as straws and cutlery as well as expanding the container deposit scheme.
Officials from EU member states and the European Parliament back recommendations to ban single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs.