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Nepal's plastic problem mirrors SE Asian economies' challenges, but it can change its narrative

For decades, low awareness and a near dysfunctional waste management system has resulted in litter either thrown into or dumped on the river banks throughout the valley, which ultimately flows down to the Bagmati river.

Part 1 - 5 countries, 13,000 km, 1 goal: Challenge the everyday use of plastic

I was on a 3-month bike ride across five countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand , Cambodia and Nepal, to challenge the everyday use of plastic through an activity called Plogging - a mix of jogging and picking up trash.

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Laos' trash problem is an ecological time bomb, here's how it can course-correct

In Laos, newly-empowered consumers are basking in the benefits of the polymer industry without knowing the consequences of their consumption on marine ecosystems.

Cambodia is drowning in its waste, here's how it can plug the plastic flow

Just like Thais, Cambodians have a deep-rooted relationship with plastic bags. It’s hard to break up with the clingy habit as it’s a convenience that’s unmatched by any other product.

Thailand is addicted to plastic, but here's how it can kick the habit

This story is the second of a four-part series on documenting plastic pollution in Southeast Asia.  

US: Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at restaurants

Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure would make it the first to do so statewide.

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Sea turtles can live for more than 80 years, but just one piece of plastic can kill them

As per studies rolled out by the Australian scientific institution recently, it was found that a tiny piece of plastic increases the risk of death of a sea turtle by 22 per cent.

Reduce plastic pollution, go green with baby wipes

Worldwide research says polyester in baby wipes account for around 35 per cent of plastic pollution and many environmental agencies have even come forward to stop its usage.

Makafui Awuku is turning plastic trash into cash in Ghana

Makafui Awuku understands how plastic has become one of the biggest resource of waste in Ghana and through his efforts, has helped open avenues for employment. Take a look at the video here.

Maharashtra Plastic ban: BMC collects Rs 10.5 lakh as fine in 4 days

From Saturday (June 23) to Tuesday (June 26), the BMC squads had inspected and raided 13,501 shops and seized 972.8 kg of banned plastic.

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