LEGO Unveils 100% Recyclable Plastic Bricks

LEGO Unveils 100% Recyclable Plastic Bricks

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Master builders and environmentalists everywhere have a new reason to celebrate as the LEGO Group introduces a big new project. Well, actually, it’s pretty small. The company has unveiled a new prototype LEGO brick made of 100% recycled plastic, putting it one step closer to reaching its goal of 100% sustainable materials by 2030. […]

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Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

A container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka that has been burning for 13 days has now begun to sink. Officials say that this could be the worst ecological disaster in the nation’s history, as plastic “snow” pellets wash up on beaches and oil spills into the ocean. 

Why This Matters: Experts worry that pollutants from the burning ship, including dangerous chemicals, oil, and microplastics, could have wide-reaching impacts beyond the immediately affected zone.

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Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Tuesday found that just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of all single-use plastic pollution. The Plastic Waste Makers Index names some of the world’s largest plastics manufacturers and notes that many are backed by a small pool of financiers. The study — and its detailed […]

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Researchers Find Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” on Mount Everest

Researchers Find Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” on Mount Everest

For years, scientists have known that there is no valley low enough or river wide enough to avoid contamination by forever chemicals, but now they know for sure that there is no mountain high enough either. Researchers have found high levels of PFAS, dangerous chemicals used in the production of plastics and waterproof materials, on Mount Everest. 

Why This Matters: PFAS and other chemicals don’t just disappear over time. Instead, they collect in people and environments and can cause harm not only to those exposed first-hand but also generations later.

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New Study Finds that Plastic Pollution is an Environmental Justice Issue

New Study Finds that Plastic Pollution is an Environmental Justice Issue

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new UN report suggests that plastic pollution isn’t just a threat to marine life — it’s also an issue of environmental justice. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, highlights that poor nations and communities around the world disproportionately suffer the effects of plastic waste. This […]

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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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