There’s no denying that environmental issues have worked their way up to the top of the agenda in industries ranging far and wide. 

A scan of digital archived magazine issues preserved on the Exact Editions platform shows that publications whose contents spans as widely as architecture, football and current affairs have all featured prominent pieces designed to report on progress, inform readers and encourage them to examine their own environmental impact. 

As part of our blog series examining the varying perspectives of multiple publications, this blog post hones in on how plastic pollution has been portrayed in the magazine press. 

When Saturday Comes: December 2019

In their latest issue, football monthly When Saturday Comes declare that: 

“From endless flights to single-use cups, it’s time for clubs to reassess their impact on the environment and set an example for supporters.” 

As they question whether a Chelsea vs Arsenal match does in fact have to be played in Baku, Azerbaijan, the piece concludes that: 

‘…environmental protection should be at the very heart of every club’s thinking.”

Read the full article here.

The World Today: November/December 2019

‘The Future of Waste’ screams the leading article of The World Today’s November/December 2019 issue that presents shocking images of ‘the world drowning in rubbish.’

Reporter Kate O’Neill argues that:

 “…only global action will solve the crisis in recycling now that China has stopped importing scrap”.

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Ethical Consumer: September/October 2013

Back in 2013, David Jones from the Plastic Oceans Foundation explored the issues associated with plastic pollution in the September/October issue of Ethical Consumer as the magazine tackled the sustainability of fizzy soft drinks.

The piece also offers insight into the different types of plastic packaging, their advantages and disadvantages and relative recyclability.

Read the full article here.

Icon: June 2018

According to the June 2018 issue of architecture title Icon, a new wave of designers and researching tackling pollution from single-use plastics is surging.

In the article, Caroline Till, co-founder of material futures agency FranklinTill says

 “We need to start thinking of everything as a resource. We need to put a stake in the ground, stop focusing on raw materials and use the materials that we already have.”

Read the full article here

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There will no doubt be countless further coverage of plastic pollution as we continue the crucial grapple with environmental issues over the next few years.

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