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Only half in Japan poll see use of plastic bags as excessive
Plastic products such as compartments in bento lunchboxes for separating food and plastic bags are considered examples of excessive service by just over half of respondents to a survey in Japan, according to results announced by the Cabinet Office.
Divers fight Senegal's plastic tide
When the sight of plastic bags, bottles and other debris littering the seabed becomes too much, there's just one thing to do: Don your diving suit, strap on an air tank and fish out the stuff yourself.
Can medical care exist without plastic?
Unlike refusing a straw at a restaurant, it’s difficult to cut down on plastic while strapped unconscious to an operating table. Single-use plastic is facing more scrutiny than it ever has, and the medical industry could be the area where individual consumers have the least say.
Japan, US, EU working on plastic crisis
Japan plans to lead a new initiative to reduce the amount of marine plastic waste released from cooperating states, with help for the USA and the EU.
Girls and young women call for UK to reduce single-use plastic
Hundreds of thousands of girls and young women are calling for the UK to make a promise to reduce single-use plastic.
Lagos generates 750,000 tons of plastic waste yearly
Stakeholders in recycling sector said Lagos State, a state in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria, generates about 750,000 tons of plastic waste annually, calling on the government to partner with private sector in creating an enabling environment for proper waste management.
Pakistan moves to ban plastic bags
Bans on plastic bags are spreading across Pakistan as the nation finally opens its eyes to once-charming landscapes and free-flowing drains choked by ugly and destructive plastic.
Has Kenya's plastic bag ban worked?
Two years ago, Kenya introduced a ban on plastic carrier bags.
Trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'
Dozens of people clutching bags full of plastic bottles and disposable cups queue at a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian city of Surabaya — where passengers can swap trash for travel tickets.
Trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'
Dozens of people clutching bags full of plastic bottles and disposable cups queue at a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian city of Surabaya — where passengers can swap trash for travel tickets.
The five species affected by plastic pollution
From crabs to whales, bacteria to humans, the plastic in our seas is harming life all along the food chain.
Nine deer at famed park in Japan die after eating plastic bags
Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags.
Extending plastic bag levy could save two million carriers a day, figures suggest
More than two million plastic bags are handed out by small shops in England every day which would not be used if the charge was increased to 10 pence and levied on every business, figures suggest.
G20 plastic trash reduction goal doesn't address 'excessive' production: Activists
Activists welcomed a goal set by the Group of 20 major economies’ to reduce additional plastic trash leaking into the ocean to zero by 2050, but said it avoided getting at the heart of the problem — slashing the output of wasteful, single-use plastics in the first place.
Japan, a big plastic user, fights waste ahead of the G20 summit
Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped.

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