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Ocean Battleground: Unconscious Plastics Industry Runs Amok

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

While the plastics industry can see the burgeoning marine pollution problem, it has no intention to stop or modify what it's doing, even insisting plastic production will increase.

Powerful Lobbying Groups Want to Make Sure You Keep Using Plastic Bags

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
Laura Turner Seydel

In Georgia, we have been victorious in deterring powerful outsider groups from interfering in our local politics and stopping important legislation. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. One of the best ways you can make a difference is by starting at home and implementing a family policy of the 4 R's -- Reuse, reduce, recycle and refuse!

Go Strawless

Katherine Meadowcroft | Posted 09.02.2015 | Green
Katherine Meadowcroft

Have we already heard enough about plastic pollution? No, on the contrary I believe we have become inured to the problem. Stop. Think. Do I need this straw, this bag, this little red stir stick, this little plastic green grass with my sushi, or that bottle of water?

Jack Johnson Takes Out Trash to Beat Plastic Pollution

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Musician and surfer Jack Johnson may seem laid back, but not when it comes to fighting plastic pollution.

Journey of the Plastic Microbeads: From Science to Legal Policy

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The Plastic Microbead is having its 15 minutes of fame. Though hard to see because it is less than 5mm, the microbead is in the spotlight because it is a surprisingly bad actor. In fact, the microbead should have a Razzie by now.


Peter Neill | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

There are alternatives: ground apricot shells and cocoa beans are proposed as substitute natural exfoliates for the various products. But if the industry ignores the argument and resists product modification, there is as always the option to legislate a solution.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Tiny Plastic Beads Are Invading The Great Lakes. Here's How To Stop Them. | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

Several months ago, scientists warned that tiny microbeads, a common ingredient in facial cleansers, were flowing into the Great Lakes, with no way t...

SoBe Ad Campaign Takes Environmental Ignorance To A New Level

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

You know how online ads are supposed to know exactly what you want to see and buy? Well online ads don’t know Stiv Wilson. The communications di...

Californians Take Stand in the Sand for Plastic-Free Seas

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

California, known for its seemingly endless beautiful coastline, is also a source of endless ingenuity and passion for protecting our natural resources from plastic waste. Way to go, Californians!

In a Viral World, Critical Analysis Is Critical: Lessons Learned at Transmedia Hollywood 4

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.17.2013 | Media
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The petrochemical lobby has the bucks, the high-priced ad agencies, lawyers, and legislators in their pockets. We have the truth and our creativity.

Kyra Sedgwick Leads Global Call to End Plastic Pollution at United Nations

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.31.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Kyra Sedgwick, film actress and star of television's popular show The Closer, is using her famed communications skills to educate the public and world leaders about something that really upsets her: single-use plastics.

Plastic And The Great Recycling Swindle

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Disposable plastics are the largest component of ocean pollution. Should we be risking life and limb for single-use bags and plastic bottles that can easily be replaced with sustainable alternatives?