In 2018, media attention on plastic pollution skyrocketed. The United Nations dedicated their Environment Day to #BeatPlasticPollution, and National Geographic magazine put the issue on the cover and launched the #PlanetOrPlastic campaign. Here are my picks from the huge amount of reporting this year – fresh and insightful articles, podcasts and fact-checks that truly stood out.
“How Plastic Is a Function of Colonialism”
By Max Liboiron in Teen Vogue
December 21, 2018
The plastic backlash: what’s behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference?
By Stephen Buranyi in the Guardian
November 13, 2018
Why the world’s recycling system stopped working
By Leslie Hook, John Reed, David Blood (data), Ryn Jirenuwat in Financial Times
October 25, 2018
Recommended by Johanna Romberg
Plasticphobia: Could the war on plastic have unintended consequences for the environment?
By Sarah Swadling (Producer) and Tom Heap (Host) on BBC4
October 24, 2018
American Beauties – How plastic bags came to rule our lives, and why we can’t quit them
By Rebecca Altman in Topic
“Stop Talking Trash about Marine Litter – Debunking the Myths about Plastic Debris in our Ocean”
By the team at Grid Arendal
Eight Million – A podcast series on China’s role in tackling the ocean plastics challenge
By Marcy Trent Long and team at Sustainable Asia
Plastikmüll: Für immer Dein [Plastic waste: Forever yours]
By Dirk Asendorpf, Fritz Habekuß, Paul Middelhoff, Robert Pausch, Mathias Peer und Petra Pinzler
April 18, 2018