Plastic is an amazing invention, lightweight, strong, durable and infinitely recyclable. So when we see polluted landfills, clogged rivers and debris-strewn beaches, we cannot blame the material. Only 9% of all the plastic ever manufactured has been recycled - the rest of it is distributed across our planet. The problem is now so out of the control that it is affecting lives and livelihoods. The recent 6-month closure of Boracay Island is a case in point.