To show that the news isn't all doom and gloom, this week we've collected positive articles stories focused on different materials.
Talking trash: three ways of building using waste
From a material made from shredded drinks cartons to a company that combines agricultural waste with mushroom mycelim, check out these three projects that create building materials out of waste.
Three good things: old outdoor fabric transformed into useful items
From bags sewn from old bouncy castle fabric to products made from discarded sailcloth, these three companies that are breathing new life into used outdoor materials.
Single-use plastics ban approved by European parliament
The European parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union.