Erin Simon is the Head of Plastic Waste and Business at the World Wildlife Fund and helped WWF’s latest report, Transparent 2020. The report examines the plastic footprints of its ReSource member companies and provides a detailed look at the challenges and potential solutions for tackling the plastic pollution problem. Plastics are a complicated issue, […]Continue Reading 1186 words
Plastic pollution is a pervasive problem and since the world’s recycling systems are in chaos after China stopped accepting their waste there’s an urgent need for companies to step up their efforts to keep plastic out of landfills and natural environments. WWF estimates as few as 100 companies have the potential to help prevent roughly 10 million metric tons […]Continue Reading 383 words
We already know that microplastics (bits that are less than 5 mm) are omnipresent in the ocean, but now scientists believe that previous estimates about how much plastic is in the ocean are actually way too low.
Why This Matters: Microplastic is more abundant than the tiniest and one of the most abundant life forms in the ocean — zooplankton — if these estimates are correct.Continue Reading 490 words
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The people who flocked to Cocoa Beach in Florida last weekend left behind 13,000 pounds of litter, prompting the police to threaten a crackdown. Local officials believe that as social distancing and stay in place orders are loosened in parts of the state, there has been an influx of day-trippers who show up and leave […]Continue Reading 472 words
Pointing to the rise in plastic being used during the COVID pandemic, an alliance of the nation’s largest chemical companies called the “Recover Coalition” is requesting that Congress give them $1b to deal with the current lack of a functioning recycling system in the U.S. The industry group, in a letter to legislators, explained that […]Continue Reading 513 words
Researchers at Carbios, a French company, report in the Journal Nature that they’ve “engineered an enzyme that can convert 90% of that same plastic back to its pristine starting materials” and they are working to open a demonstration plant next year. The enzyme breaks down plastic all the way into a recyclable form — the company, in collaboration with Pepsi and L’Oréal, hopes to have market scale production within 5 years.
Why This Matters: 70 million tons of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is produced annually.Continue Reading 432 words
by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha NPR and PBS Frontline recently announced a new joint investigation which has revealed that since the 1980s, “the plastics industry spent tens of millions of dollars promoting recycling through ads, recycling projects, and public relations, telling people plastic could be and should be recycled” all in an effort to […]Continue Reading 560 words
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: […]Continue Reading 183 words
As the World Wildlife Fund explained, research suggests that 52% of the world’s turtles have eaten plastic waste. Previously scientists thought that turtles ingest so much plastic only because a floating plastic bag can look like a lot of jellyfish, algae, or other species that make up a large component of the sea turtles’ diets. But […]Continue Reading 467 words
Yesterday Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, which after months of build-up will kick off what is likely to be a heated fight over the legislation. The bill would shift the onus of managing plastic waste to producers of plastic bottles, packaging and assorted […]Continue Reading 639 words
- Story of Stuff
- Story of Stuff Project
- The Story of 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.Continue Reading 621 words
It’s not news that we’re in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis. As consumers become more conscious and cities try to tackle mounting piles of waste, plastics manufacturers are making no plans to slow down the production of virgin plastic. That’s a big problem and one outlined in Oceana’s most recent report on ocean […]Continue Reading 529 words