Costa Rica en route to be first single-use-plastic-free country by 2021

OK, so this is old news (like, 'September 2017-old'), but key, in case you missed it: Costa Rica aims to become the world’s first country to adopt a national strategy to end single-use plastic by 2021. Think gradually replacing single-use plastics with more sustainable materials and bidding farewell to plastic bags, straws and packaging.

Despite its many (and lauded) sustainability efforts, Costa Rica has a real problem with waste. It is estimated that one fifth of the 4 tonnes of waste produced every day is not collected and ends up in the environment, polluting rivers, beaches and seas. More at LIFEGATE.