August 10th, 2018

Cash and carry: the missed opportunities of England’s plastic bag charge

by Iona Horton   There’s no doubt that England’s 5p plastic carrier bag charge has had an impact. We’ve all either been or seen the person who, on forgetting to bring a bag to the shops, refuses to pay for one and proceeds to cram their groceries into every available pocket. After some near escapes […]

June 29th, 2018

On report: the GWPF and plastic recycling

by Peter Jones   I’ve just read one of the worst reports I’ve ever seen. I’m writing this article to spare you the trouble of doing the same. It purports to show that much of the problem of marine plastics is attributable to an irrational attachment to the goal of recycling. In fact, it does […]

March 16th, 2018

Cairo practice: the changing role of the informal sector in waste

by Bernadette Simpson   Egypt is the country with the 7th most mismanaged plastic waste, according to a report published in Science magazine. The report was based on data collected in 2010 and one must wonder whether the findings would have been different if the capital’s informal waste collectors, the ‘zabbaleen’, had been allowed to […]

March 2nd, 2018

Packet loss: litter and packaging in the Philippines

by Amy Slack   It’s been two months since I stepped back into Bristolian life after spending five months working with Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP), trying to find local solutions to the global issue of marine plastics. Being at the coal face of an issue that has been the focus of a significant amount of […]

September 15th, 2017

Informal gathering: improving waste management in the Philippines

by Amy Slack   You can’t separate the issue of marine litter from waste management. For those who work in waste, this might go without saying, but it is a truth that has really hit home with me over the last six weeks away from Eunomia, working in the Philippines. With the help of staff […]

September 8th, 2017

The inconvenient truth about convenience

by Dominic Hogg   I recently chaired a session alongside the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York. It was the first time I’d been to the United Nations Headquarters, and the array of speakers, the diversity of representation and the passion for the subject was impressive. Rather less impressive, though, was the building’s canteen. […]

July 28th, 2017

A beach holiday with a difference…

by Amy Slack   Next week I will be heading out to the Philippines. While the country has a large tourism sector, with visitors drawn by its beaches, biodiversity and cultural heritage, I’ve got something rather different in mind. I’ll be spending four months working with Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) on a project that aims […]