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Plastics Industry Oversold Recycling to Americans, Now What?

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 […]

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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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Sea Turtles Are Attracted to the Smell of Marine Plastic

Sea Turtles Are Attracted to the Smell of Marine Plastic

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 […]

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Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act a Bold New Step to End Plastic Pollution

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act a Bold New Step to End Plastic Pollution

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 […]

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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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More Refillable Bottles, Less Ocean Plastic

More Refillable Bottles, Less Ocean Plastic

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 […]

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One Cool Thing: Donate Old Lego Pieces Instead of Tossing Them

One Cool Thing: Donate Old Lego Pieces Instead of Tossing Them

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 […]

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Unilever Makes Boldest Promise Yet on Reducing Plastics

Unilever Makes Boldest Promise Yet on Reducing Plastics

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.

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Ocean Plastic Cleanup Device Up and Running After Previous Setbacks

Ocean Plastic Cleanup Device Up and Running After Previous Setbacks

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.

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Interview of the Week: Jane Prior on Aluminum Water Bottles

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 […]

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Our Mountain of a Plastic Problem

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 […]

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NatGeo Helps ‘Activate’ Viewers

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 […]

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