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Plastic Pollution

These Tiny Worms May Help Solve Our Plastic Waste Problem

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Science

Sure, plastic foam seems great when that cheap cup keeps your coffee warm. And you can't help but appreciate those packing peanuts that keep your bre...

We Can Solve the Ocean Plastic Problem

Andreas Merkl | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

Practically every kind of animal, from plankton to whales, is now contaminated by plastic. It's in the birds, in the turtles, in the fish. At the current rate, we could have 1 ton of plastics for every 3 tons of fish by 2025.

Say Something About Plastic Pollution

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Wallace J Nichols

It's important to speak up and to say something about the threats to our planet in a way that is heard and not ignored or quickly dismissed. It's also important to do it in a way that invites participation, action and conversation rather than guilt and divisiveness. 

Read This and Never Forget Your Reusable Shopping Bag Again

Rodale Wellness | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Rodale Wellness

We've all been there: You get to the front of the grocery line with a shopping cart full of food only to realize that the reusable bags you inten...

El Niño Can Do Some Serious Trash Talking

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 09.15.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

"The water is soooo warm!" That sentence keeps popping out of Angelenos' mouths. It's practically impossible to stick a toe into the California Pacific Ocean without making some sort of immediate involuntary exclamation regarding the water temperature.

Sea Sickness (or the Story of a Sick Sea)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The world ocean is a sick sea. The symptoms are no longer deniable; the evidence mounts daily in nauseating waves of reported spills and leaks, dying reefs, depleted fisheries, and vast areas so oxygen-deprived that nothing lives. I keep looking for the good news.

Open Letter to Starbucks: Your "Green" Straws Make Mermaids Cry

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.02.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Dear Starbucks, I am a real mermaid, not just a graphic on a plastic cup. As an ocean protection activist, environmental attorney and surf lover, I s...

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?

See Plans For The 62-Mile Wall That Would Capture Trash In The Pacific

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 09.03.2015 | Technology

Nature isn't doomed if we work fast enough. That's the essential premise fueling The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that hopes to pull an un...

Arctic Norway Expedition: What Really Matters?

Jess Ly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Travel
Jess Ly

Even though I was so far from home, without many of the modern conveniences I am used to, I was completely in touch with the greatest experience of all -- my inner riches.

Sea of Japan Becoming a Dumping Ground for Trash From China and South Korea

Jeb Harrison | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Jeb Harrison

What is the more important issue here: cleaning up the sea and making sure it isn't polluted further or changing its name?

This Heartbreaking (And Graphic) Video Will Make You Rethink That Plastic Straw

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 08.18.2015 | Green

The next time you reach for a straw to pop into your iced coffee, think of the turtle in the video below. A team of researchers was looking for t...

Open Letter to Adidas: Walk the Talk

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Adidas, I am a fan, so I write to you out of love. I grew up with your stripes on my feet singing Run DMC's "My Adidas!" I am also an environmental attorney with an expertise in plastic pollution, so I write to you out of my concern for the oceans.

Ocean Racers Sound Alarm About Sea Pollution

Tim Wendel | Posted 07.06.2015 | Green
Tim Wendel

Perhaps the biggest ripple to come from this year's Volvo Ocean Race will be the alarm that participants and race organizers sounded about the state of the oceans. Our Seven Seas are in bad shape and few know that better than those who just raced across those waters.

Hawaii Just Became The First State To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Checkouts

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

As of Wednesday, grocery stores across the entire state of Hawaii are banned from distributing plastic bags. The City and County of Honolulu -- whi...

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.

Kate Sheppard

A Little Good News About The Awful Amount Of Plastic In The Ocean | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green

CASCAIS, Portugal -- Giant patches of garbage floating in the ocean have received a lot of press in recent years. But they're just the tip of the prov...

Photo Of Drowned Sea Turtle Reminds Us All To Clean Up After Ourselves

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green

Ocean conservationist and photographer Juan Oliphant was diving in water off Oahu's North Shore when he and his group stumbled on a startling discover...

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.

Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

We all have different tools in out tool boxes that we can use to fight the power of corporations that place short-term profit over the long-term health and well-being of people and the planet. The time is NOW to use all that we have to stop plastic pollution.

Blue Vision: Find Your Inner Fish

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The dying seas are an economic issue as well as a survival issue, and the corporate leaders of Legal Sea Foods and Taylor Shellfish of Washington will be speaking at the summit about preserving our fish stocks.

Arizona Lawmakers Forbid Cities From Enacting Plastic Bag Bans

AP | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Vexed by the litter caught in cactus and shrubs, one Arizona city banned plastic bags on Earth Day last year. Two others considered s...

Don't Forget the Ocean This Earth Day

Andreas Merkl | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement was born when as many as 20 million Americans took to the streets to put the health of the planet front and center on the nation's political agenda.

Why you Should See the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

MAJR | Posted 06.14.2015 | College

We were in the middle of the North Pacific with no land in sight, hunting for garbage. One of the crew spotted a bigger object that we harpooned to bring on board. It was a floating tire, and by the amount of algae and rust on it, it had been out here a long time.

Meet Rajeesh, The Man Who Has To Live With Our Plastic Pollution

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green

Imagine if you were confronted with overwhelming plastic pollution every single day. That's life for Rajeesh, the supervisor and resident of Thila...