Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem

Fixing planet plastic: How we’ll really solve our waste problem

Stephen Wilkes/Gallery Stock By Aisling Irwin BY NOW, it is just a question of which heart-rending image you choose. There is the hawksbill turtle struggling to free itself from a plastic bag. The sea of polystyrene trash floating over a Caribbean nature reserve. Or the sperm whale washed ashore in Spain, its stomach filled with […]

How can India clean up when all of its waste has an afterlife?

How can India clean up when all of its waste has an afterlife?

Families defend their inherited rights to jobs picking over rubbishReuters/Ahmad Masood By Fred Pearce “WHY is India so filthy?” asks a new book called Waste of a Nation. It wasn’t always – in the old days of rural India, almost everything was biodegradable. Animals and the weather soon dealt with it. Now garbage is everywhere: […]

Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste

Tasty tomatoes could be sacrificed in drive to cut food waste

Out in the coldage fotostock/Alamy By Sam Wong Tomayto, tomahto – we’ve long agreed to disagree on pronunciation, but the debate on where to store them is just heating up. Yesterday, new guidelines on food labelling aimed at reducing waste were published in the UK. The most eye-catching recommendation was that consumers should be advised […]