Ivorian artist turns plastic flip-flops into portraits
21 August 2021 | 3:22 pm
As Ivorian artist Aristide Kouame combs the beach dragging a trash bag of waterlogged flip-flops, he is aware other beachgoers in the commercial capital Abidjan think he is a desperate trader or a madman.
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Ash spewed by a Philippine volcano is being mixed with plastic waste to make bricks in an inventive response to the country's persistent problems of pollution and frequent natural disasters.
25 Apr 2020
Mexico City's government is promoting indigenous and other traditionally-woven baskets and reusable bags in an effort to help residents curb their addiction to plastic, now that Mexico City has banned the use of plastic bags.
10 Jun 2020
Designed to shield us from the health crisis, the number of masks and gloves discarded in public spaces are contributing to another epidemic: plastic pollution. France has just doubled fines for littering face masks from €68 to €135. This comes after disheartening underwater images of surgical masks and latex gloves on the Mediterranean seabed. Designed to shield us from the health crisis, the number of masks and gloves discarded in public spaces are contributing to another epidemic: plastic pollution. France has just doubled fines for littering face masks from €68 to €135. This comes after disheartening underwater images of surgical masks and latex gloves on the Mediterranean seabed.
5 Jul 2020
Tokyo shoppers react after retailers in Japan begin charging for plastic bags, a move aimed at curbing Japanese consumers' love for packaging and finally bringing the country in line with other major economies.
15 Jul 2020
In Germany, a young designer is transforming plastic trash into durable tiles that look like real marble. By using heat and pressure she mimics the natural processes that create rocks in the first place.
20 Aug 2020
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6 Dec 2020
Waste To Wealth: Plastic often recycled into pillows, mattresses
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It's Christmas Day and following a year which has been harrowing for so many, we've decided to look back at the good news of 2020. We begin in Uganda, where a plastics company that specialises in recycling switched from making building materials to face shields to help hospitals. We also go to Benin, where the closure of the border with Nigeria has led to a push for more locally produced food, some of it on rooftops. And our correspondent in DR Congo looks back at how an NGO is helping Ebola survivors turn their lives around.
11 Jan 2021
An army of volunteers helps clean up a massive haul of plastic polluting Bali's famous Kuta beach.
2 Apr 2021
It is the largest and most beautiful beach in Lagos, but also the dirtiest: at Lighthouse, plastic washed up by the sea piles up on the sand. Faced with what looks like an ecological disaster, a group of Lagossians have come together to clean the beach.
4 Jun 2021
South Korea is boosting efforts to recycle plastics in the country. At special centres, used PET bottles are recycled and transformed into products such as clothes, food containers, and cosmetic bottles.
20 Jun 2021
Alarmed by the mountains of plastic waste leaching into Indonesia's waters, two best friends are taking on the environmental menace by turning crisp bags and shampoo packets into paving bricks.
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