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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Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

The world is becoming more and more like The Matrix every day, at least in one particular way: scientists have figured out how to use the human body as a battery. No, your body can’t produce enough energy to create a global simulation, but it can produce enough heat to charge wearable devices like smartwatches and implants like pacemakers. 

Why This Matters: Battery production and disposal have been problematic for decades. Mining for rare earth metals like such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and lithium threatens environments and communities across the globe.

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We Can’t “Build Back Better” Without Addressing Plastic Pollution

We Can’t “Build Back Better” Without Addressing Plastic Pollution

by Erin Simon, Head of Plastic Waste and Business, World Wildlife Fund   After a year of unprecedented devastation and loss, the arrival of 2021 has shown us at least a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Our top priority remains the immediate health and safety of our fellow citizens, but we […]

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One Cool Thing: Recycling Responsibly, Made Easy

One Cool Thing: Recycling Responsibly, Made Easy

Do you have a bag of used batteries sitting in your home just waiting to be properly recycled? Has that bag been sitting there for longer than you’d like to admit? Yeah, us too… This is why we were thrilled to stumble upon Ridwell, a startup founded by a  Seattle dad and his son that collects hard-to-dispose-of […]

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Plastic Pollution Solutions Begin to Emerge

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Plastic Pollution Solutions Begin to Emerge

The pandemic changed attitudes about many environmental issues — and plastic pollution was no exception.  During lockdown, the extent of our dependence on plastic, and the amount of plastic waste we are generating from just our day to day lives became abundantly clear.

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Burger King Debuts Reusable Packaging Program

Burger King Debuts Reusable Packaging Program

Burger King recently announced a new renewable packaging partnership with Loop, a “circular packaging” service that aims to create a “closed-loop” system of washable and reusable packaging in the food industry.

Why This Matters: The United States has one of the worst recycling rates of any developed nation, recycling only 50% of the packaging used.

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