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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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Amazon Under Fire for Increasing Plastic Packaging

Amazon Under Fire for Increasing Plastic Packaging

Reducing plastic has been a hot topic for corporate sustainability officers around the world. Our planet is literally drowning in plastic and with China’s recent policy to stop imports of plastic trash, there’s growing public pressure for retailers to drastically cut down on plastic packaging and to support recycling infrastructure. However, Amazon has made little […]

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Major Hotels to Eliminate Travel Size Plastic Bottles

Major Hotels to Eliminate Travel Size Plastic Bottles

CNN Business reported last week that by 2021, InterContinental Group hotel — which includes Holiday Inns, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels, will end the use of small-sized toiletries plastic bottles and stock its rooms with bulk-sized instead. 

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One Happy Meal Thing: McDonald’s Plastic Toys Causing a Stir In Britain

One Happy Meal Thing: McDonald’s Plastic Toys Causing a Stir In Britain

More than 300,000 people in the U.K. signed a petition causing McDonald’s to nix the plastic toys in Happy Meals because they generally cannot be recycled and usually end up in the trash.  As one mom put it, “You open a plastic bag to get another plastic item, which is played with for five minutes […]

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One Funny Thing: Grocery Store’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Bags Backfires

One Funny Thing: Grocery Store’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Bags Backfires

When East West Market in Vancouver, British Columbia attempted to get their customers to bring reusable bags and say no to plastic ones, they never knew that their big plan would backfire. The market began offering single-use plastic bags with embarrassing slogans that read “Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “The […]

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Hawaii’s Beaches Get a Helping Hand

Hawaii’s Beaches Get a Helping Hand

Hoola One, a machine developed by mechanical engineering students at the Université de Sherbrooke, is being used to clean up one of Hawaii’s dirtiest beaches by filtering out microplastics. As Atlas Obscura explained, Kamilo Beach was formerly a lovely white sand beach stretch which is now a trap for countless tons of trash. Nicknamed “Trash Beach,” or […]

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Yikes, We’re Eating 2,000 Pieces of Plastic Each Week

Yikes, We’re Eating 2,000 Pieces of Plastic Each Week

A new study put out by the University of Newcastle in Australia has revealed that humans are eating, swallowing or breathing in about 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic each week, an amount equal to the weight of one credit card. That’s some literal food for thought as we consider how to curb our addiction to […]

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