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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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One Cool Thing: Three States Ban Plastic Bags

One Cool Thing: Three States Ban Plastic Bags

The Governor of Oregon just signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags that will go into effect in January of next year.  The law also requires retailers to charge at least five cents for paper bags (with 40% post-consumer recycled content or more).  Oregon joins Maine and Vermont, whose Governors signed similar bills […]

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Summer Music Festivals Working to Be Green Even in Record Heat

Summer Music Festivals Working to Be Green Even in Record Heat

Hundreds of thousands of people will attend music festivals all over the world this summer, and some of those events are making a concerted effort to lower their carbon footprint and encourage sustainability by the music fans attending.  When a festival comes to town, it brings an entire city of people — Coachella in the California desert has 750,000 […]

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Trudeau Announces Canada Will Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

Trudeau Announces Canada Will Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

The government of Canada announced this week that it will ban many single-use plastic items by 2021 and also plans to make companies that manufacture or sell plastic products take responsibility for recycling their plastic waste.  According to CBC News, the government is likely to follow the European Union, which voted last March to ban plastic items for which market alternatives exist — such as single-use plastic cutlery and plates — and items made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags.

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EU Votes NO on Single-Use Plastics

EU Votes NO on Single-Use Plastics

The European Parliament voted this past week to ban all single-use plastic items, including straws, food containers, cotton buds, and cutlery by 2021. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the ban; 560 MEPs voting in favor of the agreement, 35 voting against it, and 28 abstaining. The EU’s Call to Action: The new plans […]

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One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

Jason Momoa, of Game of Thrones and more recently Aquaman fame, has joined the fight against ocean plastic.  And for his true fans, if you wondered why he shaved his beard, it was all for a good cause — to raise awareness about single-use plastic water bottles.  Time to make a change, he says.  His […]

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Plastic Bags in NY Getting Laid Off Like Straws

Plastic Bags in NY Getting Laid Off Like Straws

The State of New York is poised to ban all single-use plastic bags shopping bags in the state.  Last weekend Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the states new budget law “includes legislation to ban single-use,  plastic bags provided to customers and allows counties and cities to opt in to a 5-cent fee on paper bags, with 40 percent of the revenue supporting local programs to buy reusable bags for low and fixed income consumers, and 60 percent of the revenue supporting programs in the State’s Environmental Protection Fund.”  

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