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 562 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
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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
If you have ever owned legos, you know how many it takes to make anything! And once you are done with them or lose that one critical lego piece, these beloved plastic toys just collect dust or worse end up in the trash. But now you can send them back to Lego, which plans to […]Continue Reading 155 words
British/Dutch consumer products giant Unilever announced on Monday that by 2025 it will “make the blue planet blue again” by:
- Cutting in half its use of virgin plastic, by reducing its absolute use of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes and accelerating its use of recycled plastic;
- Helping to collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells.
Why This Matters: Unilever is making these moves unilaterally and not because it is forced to by government regulation.Continue Reading 469 words
Twenty-five-year-old entrepreneur Boyan Slat’s ocean clean up device is finally collecting trash after breaking apart late last year.
The Takeaway: This technology likely won’t solve the ocean plastic pollution crisis but the world is finally beginning to think through how we tackle our plastic addiction and that’s a good thing.Continue Reading 460 words
Jane Prior is the chief marketing officer of All Market Inc. (AMI). AMI brands include leading coconut water beverage Vita Coco, clean energy drink Runa and aluminum bottled water Ever & Ever. ODP: The single-use plastic water bottle is quickly becoming the new “straw.” Why? JP: It’s estimated that globally both 500 billion plastic bottles are used every year, and one million single-use […]Continue Reading 680 words
You might have heard the phrases, “we’re drowning in plastic” or “all the plastic we’ve ever made is still with us” and while this may get at the urgency of the plastic pollution crisis, it’s still difficult to visualize what this means. Sure, we’ve seen images of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch but what to […]Continue Reading 522 words
Last Week the six-part series Activate premiered on the National Geographic Channel as a partnership between consumer product giant P&G, Radical Media, Global Citizen, and National Geographic. As Fast & Co. explained, the series “features celebrities such as music producer Pharrell Williams, rapper Common, and actors Darren Criss and Uzo Aduba, and highlights the work […]Continue Reading 384 words