Glasses makers Dresden Optics have set up business in a completely new sector, with a product that competes with established players, and that boasts sustainability as a key selling point.
Every Chilean man woman and child discards 1.5 plastic bags each day, many into rivers or directly into the sea. With its beaches and ocean becoming increasingly defiled by rubbish, the Chilean government has called enough and banned giveaway plastic bags. Completely.
A US-based plastics company has teamed up with a Bangkok surfboard company to produce surf and paddle boards made from discarded fishing nets – and are giving oceanfront villagers a new source of income along the way.
Filipino activists, alarmed by the rapid increase in shark deaths over recent years, are enacting legislation to help trim shark killing by fishermen and poachers. But a more insidious killer – plastics – continues to cut into the peak predator numbers.