The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform click button

The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform

Last week, federal legislators reintroduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, which would pass sweeping recycling and single-use plastic regulations.  Experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) say that this bill has come at the right time, publishing a national poll that found 86% of Americans believe the U.S. must transition from a throw-away economy to one that emphasizes reuse and recycling.

Why This Matters: The U.S. is the largest plastic polluter in the world but only recycles 8.7% of its plastics. Much of that plastic takes the form of consumer packaging like plastic bags, wrappers, straws, and more.

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One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

Despite an uptick in its use during the pandemic, Virginia will soon ban the use of styrofoam containers for food products — Governor Ralph Northam signed the new law on Tuesday — with the bans set to go into effect next year.  Large food sellers (those with 20 or more locations) will not be allowed […]

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One Smart Thing: In Coronavirus World, How To Decrease Shipping Waste

One Smart Thing: In Coronavirus World, How To Decrease Shipping Waste

With more and more people being encouraged not to go out unless it’s essential, on-line shopping from Amazon and other big retailers may become your best option.  We know — we hate all that plastic packaging too.  Here are some tips for reducing it courtesy of cactiandcoconuts.green. 1.  To request less packaging from Amazon either: […]

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One Hungry Thing: The Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar That Thrives On Plastic

One Hungry Thing: The Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar That Thrives On Plastic

Researchers at Brandon University have studied the Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar and found that it can live on a diet of polyethylene, the type of plastic used to make shopping bags.  Yes, you read that right!  Unlike many animals that are harmed by eating plastic (we are thinking of those tragic whale and bird pictures […]

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Big Companies Sued for their Contribution to the Plastics Crisis

Big Companies Sued for their Contribution to the Plastics Crisis

Plastic pollution can seem like an insurmountable problem and in large part it’s because we can’t agree on who the culprits of the problem are and who’s responsible for the solution. Yes, manufacturers produce plastic, retailers sell it and consumers buy it as plastic has a lot of useful qualities. Plastic makes our lives convenient […]

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The Story of Plastic Documentary Makes Case For Legislation To Deal With Single-Use Plastic

The Story of Plastic Documentary Makes Case For Legislation To Deal With Single-Use Plastic

It’s Oscar time so we are thinking about the best movies of last year and there were many great ones on environmental topics but one, in particular, made a splash when it premiered last October — “The Story of Plastic” — which takes viewers “on a global journey to Pennsylvania, Texas, California, the Philippines, Indonesia, China, and India, among other places.”

Why This Matters:  Films can help move public opinion on important issues — particularly issues that require such a big change in the way people think about and use and dispose of single-use plastics.

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