A group of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has designed a biodegradable car made from flax and sugar beets which was put on show at the Shell Eco-marathon in London this May.
Here we examine how countries in some of the poorest parts of the world are trying to tackle the problem of plastic waste – and how one cleantech company may have the solution.
Kenya is to join a lengthening list of African countries that is to ban the use of plastic bags by supermarkets for packaging and shopping.
It has tried twice before in 2007 and 2011, but with little success, but now the Kenyan government hopes it will be third time lucky as it tries to deal with a problem that is getting worse by the day.
Plastic poses a real detriment to the survival of the planet. Although efforts have been implemented to reduce human’s reliance on plastic, it still results in over 8 million tonnes of plastic waste being dumped into our oceans every year. Plastic is not biodegradable, and can survive and float as ocean debris for 100s of years. This plastic ends up being ingested by both fish and birds and ends taking up huge amounts of space in our landfills.