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Plastic Pollution

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.

This Genius Bucket Sucks Trash And Oil Right Out Of The Ocean

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 05.13.2016 | Science

Two Australian surfers have quit their jobs and come up with a brilliant solution to combat the millions of tons of trash in our oceans. Andrew Turton...

How Tomorrowland Trashed Today

Colette Brooks | Posted 12.23.2016 | Green
Colette Brooks

As a child of the sixties growing up in Los Angeles, I remember being mesmerized by the GE Carousel of Progress, an attraction in the heart of Tomorro...

Should Santa Be Replaced?

Sharon McCarthy | Posted 12.18.2016 | Women
Sharon McCarthy

What gifts would Mother Earth bring? Experiences. Unlike a plastic toy that will be broken by April, in landfill by May, an experience will be remembered and replayed again and again, a legacy to your children and our planet that just may outlast all of us.

Sea Turtle With A Lodged Fork Is Exactly Why We Need To Recycle

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 12.17.2015 | Science

You better think twice next time you carelessly toss your plastic utensils after lunch -- you never know where they could end up. For this sea tur...

Recycling Connects With Fashion, Quality and Design

Pioneers for Change | Posted 12.07.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

The concept of the brand came after the birth of my son, Alfredo (the company is named after him) when I was reflecting upon the world we would leave to the next generation, and my frustration with the excessive use of the World's natural resources.

Tragically Beautiful Exhibit Shows How Our Oceans Suffer

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 12.02.2015 | Arts

In Hawaii, "Never turn your back on the ocean" is a common adage -- a warning for anyone who visits the beach. But when Sophie Thomas, a London-based ...

Pro Surfer Stops Sea Monster from Reaching Beach

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.27.2016 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Ocean Trash is a modern day, scientifically documented Sea Monster. The photos are not fuzzy. Anyone with a camera can capture images of this beast o...

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.

Pope Francis and the Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 10.16.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The Pope has been especially clear and vocal about his views of climate change as a real, pervasive, and devastating factor in today's world and that our understanding and response to the problem is essential to the future survival of all people worldwide.

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

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 10.15.2016 | 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!

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 brea...

We Can Solve the Ocean Plastic Problem

Andreas Merkl | Posted 09.30.2016 | 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 09.23.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 intended t...

El Niño Can Do Some Serious Trash Talking

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 09.14.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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 09.02.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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 unbelievable...

Arctic Norway Expedition: What Really Matters?

Jess Ly | Posted 08.24.2016 | 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 08.19.2016 | 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 turtle...

Open Letter to Adidas: Walk the Talk

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.12.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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.