U.S. Government Reports: ‘It Is Raining Plastic’

By Andrew Emett, Nationofchange.org -

After analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the U.S. Interior Department recently released a study concluding that microscopic plastic fibers have [...]

As The Ocean Waters Rise, So Do The Islands Of Garbage

By Vijay Prashad, TriContinental Institute for Social Research -

On 12 July 2019, a twelve-year-old girl from Gresik (Indonesia), Aeshnina Azzahra, wrote a letter to US President Donald Trump. The letter was delivered to the US embassy in Jakarta and released [...]

All-American Torture Camps, It’s Raining Plastic & Oil Companies Dig It

By Eleanor Goldfield, Occupy.com -

Human rights violations are rife in Alabama prisons – meanwhile, the Alabama Department of Corrections continues to overcrowd these torture centers while blaming mistreatment on staff shortages. [...]

Activists Deliver Giant Trash Monsters To Nestlé Headquarters To Protest Plastic Pollution

By Maddie Stone, Earther.gizmodo.com -

Plastic pollution in the oceans is a huge, disgusting problem. Which is why it’s pretty fitting that Greenpeace decided to raise awareness of one company’s contributions with huge, disgusting [...]

Microplastics Are Blowing In The Wind: New Study Shows Plastic Pollution Falling From The Sky

By Ashley Curtin, Nationofchange.org -

Plastic pollution is now the greatest global issue. And a new study proves microplastics are traveling through the atmosphere. In a first of its kind published in Nature Geoscience, the study [...]

Recycling Is Not Enough. Zero-Packaging Stores Show We Can Kick Our Plastic Addiction

By Sabrina Chakori and Ammar Abdul Aziz, Nationofchange.org -

Zero-packaging stores show, in their own small way, a viable and healthier alternative to the current system. Both for ourselves, local economies and the planet. Wrapped, sealed, boxed, [...]

American Beauties

By Rebecca Altman, Topic.com -

The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and [...]

Amsterdam’s Most Beneficent Tourist Activity Is Fishing For Plastic

By Matt Hittman, Mnn.com -

There's really nothing as exhilarating as taking in the sights and sounds of Amsterdam from the water aboard a scenic canal cruise. And in a city that champions inclusivity while boasting a [...]

There’s An Unexpected Downfall To Banning Plastic Straws. Here’s What To Consider.

By Parker Molloy, Upworthy.com -

Nobody likes waste, but sometimes in our rush to eliminate it, we don't think through the consequences of our actions. Take, for example, the push to ban plastic straws. As of July 1, restaurants [...]

Scientists Accidentally Develop ‘Mutant’ Enzyme That Eats Plastic

By Lorraine Chow, Ecowatch.com -

Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that eats up plastic. The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the [...]

I Kept All My Plastic For A Year – The 4,490 Items Forced Me To Rethink

By Laura Barton, Theguardian.com -

We all know, in theory, that we ought to use less plastic. We’ve all been distressed by the sight of Blue Planet II’s hawksbill turtle entangled in a plastic sack, and felt chastened as we’ve [...]

Campaigner Calling For The Final Straw

By Hannah Wilkinson, www.jmu-journalism.org.uk -

By Hannah Wilkinson for JMU Journalism - A Wirral man who has devoted his career to helping and protecting sealife is calling on businesses to help in the fight to keep local waterways safe and [...]

Seattle To Ban Plastic Straws, Utensils At Restaurants Next Year

By Lorraine Chow, www.ecowatch.com -

By Lorraine Chow for Eco Watch - Starting next year, Seattle restaurants will no longer provide plastic straws and plastic utensils to its patrons after a 2010 ordinance finally takes effect. "As [...]

A Campaign To Eliminate Plastic Straws Is Sucking In Thousands Of Converts

By Darryl Fears, www.washingtonpost.com -

By Darryl Fears for The Washington Post - Straws are among the most common plastic items volunteers clean from beaches, along with bottles, bags and cups, conservationists say. Americans use half [...]

Fishing The Plastic Out Of The Ocean

By Jessica Murray, www.trueactivist.com -

By Jessica Murray for True Activist - An Amsterdam-based company called Plastic Whale is embarking on a positive initiative to combat plastic pollution by reusing plastic bottles in an innovative [...]

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