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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.