Patrick Begley Instead of plastic, the residents of Avalon in Sydney's north could soon be carrying their goods in bags made of old sheets, Doona covers and upholstery offcuts.
Ben Cubby, Tom Arup, Adam Morton and Nicky Phillips examine plans that range from the realistic to the wacky.
David Sygall It's a battle over billions, but both sides agree plastic bottle sales are falling, writes David Sygall.
New research from the Earthwatch program Turtles in Trouble shows that 36 per cent of marine turtles are affected by marine rubbish, with soft plastic being the major villain.
Andrew Darby, Hobart For years a remote patch of the North Pacific has served as a benchmark of global marine plastic pollution - and now it appears we have our own.
Aaron Cook THE state government plans to introduce biodegradable bags to supermarket checkouts and open more waste collection centres to reduce landfill.
Andrew Darby HOBART MOMENTUM appears to be growing nationally for a ban on plastic checkout bags, as Tasmania joins three other jurisdictions to outlaw them.
With each European using 500 plastic bags per year, and tonnes of plastic littering the Mediterranean, the European Commission may ban them from stores or tax them to combat pollution.
A male giraffe that died in an Indonesian zoo had 20 kilograms of plastic in its stomach, officials say, the latest suspicious animal death at the facility.
Deborah Smith SYNTHETIC clothing could be a significant source of tiny pieces of plastic that are accumulating in the marine environment, a study shows.
Adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild sails with his crew on the Plastiki, a catamaran made entirely out of recycled plastic, from the US to Australia to promote the recycling of...
Glenda Kwek David de Rothschild doesn't believe in half measures.
Paul Sheehan A research expedition is being prepared in San Francisco to sail a plastic boat into the northern Pacific Ocean as part of a wider study of sustainability in the ocean, writes Paul Sheehan.
Ben Cubby Retail giant Target has confirmed it will ban plastic bags in its 283 Australian stores next month. It will be the first large retailer to break ranks and ban bags on environmental grounds.
Marc Moncrief Illegal dumping is one of the primary sources of rubbish on the nation’s beaches, according to the world’s largest survey of coastal trash.
Peter Hannam The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.
Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.
Heath Gilmore Tiny fragments and threads of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains of sand at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, potentially poisoning fish and other sea life.
Peter Hannam Up at the top end of a cul-de-sac, amid towering eucalypts at Durren Durren, north of Sydney, Mike White has been getting expert advice on how to prepare the family home for the coming fire season.
Caroline Zielinski Wild weather is lashing Victoria, playing havoc with the train network and closing roads in the state's alpine region as holidaymakers head for the snow fields.