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Apolitical | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact

Both sides of the Brexit debate would contend that our system of government is deeply damaged, and that especially the bond of trust between governmen...

Fish Freaking LOVE To Eat Plastic, And That's A Problem

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green

We’ve known for years that microplastics -- tiny particles that include the microbeads sometimes present in products like face wash and toothpaste -...

Obama's Ban On Plastic Microbeads Failed In One Huge Way

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business

Stiv Wilson chose his battle three and a half years ago. The problem is, he still doesn’t know who all his opponents are. An environmental activist ...

5 Ways to Love the Great Lakes This Valentine's Day

Roger Germann | Posted 02.11.2017 | Green
Roger Germann

There are a variety of ways to keep the lakes great this winter, even when our climate is changing.

Your Face Wash Is Killing Oysters

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 02.04.2016 | Science

Oysters are powerful little shellfish that do a lot for us, and we're making their lives difficult. Small plastic particles known as microplastics, wh...

Five questions for Dr. Chelsea Rochman about Plastic in our Seas and Seafood.

Tim Ward | Posted 01.18.2017 | Green
Tim Ward

Plastic is everywhere. Not just in our homes and cars and offices - it has moved beyond our garbage bins and can be found littered on our city streets...

Great Lakes Triumph as Microbead-Free Waters Act Signed into Law

Roger Germann | Posted 12.30.2016 | Green
Roger Germann

The banning of microbeads is incredible news for the Great Lakes' future. Within these five bodies of water, 80 percent of all pollution is from plastics - be it microbeads or plastic water bottles.

Microbeads Continue to Menace the Ocean

Dr. Chad Nelsen | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green
Dr. Chad Nelsen

On Friday, December 18th history was made. The Senate approved a bill - which is now awaiting the President's support - to phase out personal-care pro...

U.S. Is One Step Closer To Banning Harmful Plastics From Your Face Wash

TakePart | Jade Walker | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

A bill passed by the House could see products containing microbeads off store shelves by 2018....

New York City's Microbead Moment

John F. Calvelli | Posted 10.26.2016 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Microbeads are so small, often measuring at a millimeter or smaller, that many wastewater treatment plants are not able to filter them out. Thus, microbeads make it through the treatment plants and into our waterways.

Why We Must Ban Microbeads

John F. Calvelli | Posted 09.30.2016 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Ironically, one of the ways modern society has invented to keep itself clean is having a decidedly unclean affect on our waters.

Could You Be Eating Microbeads? It Is Time We Ban Them

Marshall Brown | Posted 03.30.2016 | Green
Marshall Brown

Johanna B., Grade 1, Minnesota, NOAA Marine Debris Program Microbeads, those tiny bits of plastic found in personal care products from skin lotions t...

We're Swimming in Synthetic Chemistry

Marcus Eriksen | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Marcus Eriksen

There are more than 5 trillion individual pieces of plastic in the ocean, of which more than 90% is smaller than a grain of rice.

Microbeads Entering Our Water Daily Could Cover 300 Tennis Courts

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 09.19.2015 | Science

Scientists are calling for a total ban on microbeads -- the tiny plastic pieces used in soap, toothpaste and face wash for exfoliation -- after an ana...

'Green News Report' - September 10, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.09.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

A new entry into the 2016 Democratic presidential race -- and yes, we've got his position on climate change.

California Lawmakers Approve Ban On Plastic Microbeads In Cosmetics

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

The California State Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill restricting the sale of personal care products that contain environmentally hazardous plastic m...

Jack Johnson Takes Out Trash to Beat Plastic Pollution

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.15.2016 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

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

13 Body Scrubs That Are WAY Better For The Environment

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Style

If you haven't already stopped using beauty products containing microbeads, we suggest you do so immediately. Why? Those tiny pearls made of plastic m...

Microscopic Particles of This Are Killing the Oceans

Marcus Eriksen | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Marcus Eriksen

The idea of using plastic in any form that pollutes the ocean must become as taboo as smoking in restaurants or not putting a seatbelt on your child. We will have won when the thought of plastic pollution drifting across the ocean is unthinkable in the present, and only a vestige of our memory.

3 Types of Products That Pollute Our Water

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.03.2016 | Green
Maria Rodale

Here are three types of products you should put a little thought into before purchasing, as the wrong varieties can have lasting, harmful effects on our waterways, our environment, and ourselves.

This Earth Day, Ditch the Microbeads for Wildlife's Sake

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Unfortunately, those tiny colorful microbeads in your hand soap, facial cleanser and toothpaste are causing major damage to our natural ecosystems and the wildlife that inhabit them.

Another State Considers Plastic Microbead Ban

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green

By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore., April 2 (Reuters) - Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to ban tiny plastic beads that show up in...

Here's How Your Toothpaste Might Be Killing Coral

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 10.19.2015 | Green

Microbeads might work to scrub us clean, but the tiny pieces of plastic found in some face wash, soap and toothpaste products can wreak havoc on coral...

Microplastics: New Threat to Our Aquatic Ecosystem

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The use of plastics in our daily lives has grown drastically over the last several decades. It is difficult for us to function without using plastics in some form. Think about our annual use of nearly 300 million metric tons.


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.