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Minimalist Plastic Bag Fee Shockingly Does Not Cause Panic on High Street

A. Siegel | Posted 10.05.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

We will not 'solve' our societal problems and adequately address climate change with incremental changes like (confusing) 5p charges on plastic bags. Yet, we will not "solve" our societal problems and adequately address climate change without such incremental changes.

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.

Small Changes Make a Difference: Stories From Pampers, Method and SC Johnson

Kristin Heist | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Kristin Heist

In the world of innovation, small changes don't get the credit they deserve. Big changes seem more exciting and somehow more important. But good innovation doesn't have to be large because it is, no matter what the dimensions, about impact.

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...

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...

The Frass Isn't Greener

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

Tempted to install artificial turf as an alternative to your water-thirsty lawn? Read this piece by Lisa Cahill, TreePeople's Director of Sustainable ...

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.

Warning: There Might Be Plastic In Your Trader Joe's Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Bad news for breakfast fans. On Monday Kayem Foods, the supplier of Trader Joe's beloved Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, recalled 59,203 pounds of i...

Sounding a Royal Alarm for the Ocean

Andreas Merkl | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

Last Wednesday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, speaking in Washington, DC, to an audience of 100 governmental, corporate and nonprofit leaders, sounded the alarm about the ever-increasing quantities of plastic waste entering the ocean.

This Dress Is Made Of 180 Plastic Bottles

HuffPost Spain | Margarita Lázaro | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green

The project was born in the summer of 2014. Rosa Montesa, an industrial designer from Valencia, Spain, in her 50s, proposed an idea to her mother: Why...

Sledageddon: Plastic Sled Mess of Central Park

Chana Widawski | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Chana Widawski

It was a warzone. A plastic battlefield. Shards of plastic were strewn about, peppering the snow-covered slopes with colorful bits of rubble, edges sharp as knives. Debris of all shapes and sizes in scattered piles atop the hill overlooked the shattered wreckage down below. It was a plastic wasteland.

A New Spin On Trapping Ocean Trash

XPRIZE | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green

Water and plastic don't mix, and anyone who has read a terrifying article or two about "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" knows that addressing what seem to be the impossibly huge issues of getting a billion tons of plastic out of our oceans.

Is It Time To Kill The K-Cup?

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green

Your Keurig coffee pods have a dirty little secret. Actually, make that a big secret. In 2013, Keurig Green Mountain produced 8.3 billion K-Cups th...

'Green News Report' - December 23, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 2014 on track for hottest year on record; Washington state governor pro...

Our Oceans Awash in Toxic Plastic Garbage

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Plastics are a huge problem for our oceans, and it is only predicted to get worse. Almost 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, and only 5 percent of the world's plastic is currently recycled.

Ocean Plastic Estimated at 5.25 Trillion Pieces -- But Where's the Rest?

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Given that we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year and the National Academy of Sciences estimates 0.1 percent of it ends up in the ocean, researcher Marcus Erikson says he knows there's more. Way more.

Training the Citizen Muscle

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy A few days ago I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and saw multiple ads on the streets inviting citizens to gather in their n...

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.

It's Time to Take this Poisonous Plastic Out of Our Oceans

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Despite its status as one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created, PVC and its associated chemical additives are managed in much the same way as food scraps and grass clippings after disposal.

'Green News Report' - July 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big Coal baron says Obama's 'evil', attacks wildly popular new EPA emis...

Nonprofit Creates Roofs From Recycled Plastic Bottles, Reducing Waste And Creating Jobs At Same Time

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact

Not all roofs are created equal. The material hanging over rural Ecuadorians' homes, for example, is typically built from either grasses -- which...

Plastic Is Food Poisoning

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Phthalates used to soften and make flexible rigid plastics like PVC, are also endocrine disrupters. Just like BPA, the impacts from these endocrine disrupters is most dangerous when the fetus is developing.

How To Solve The Plastic Pollution Problem And Poverty At The Same Time

Mother Nature Network | Starre Vartan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network: It's beyond sobering and bordering on infuriating: Almost every piece of plastic ever made...

Tupperware, Made in France

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 06.20.2014 | Taste
Sidonie Sawyer

The stackable stockable durable containers of everyone's youth are the stuff of legend. Born of the brilliant ideas of a Mr. Tupper, everyone knows the ever-so-convenient kitchen staple that was recyclable even before recycling was in.

Alissa Scheller

This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green

Ever heard of the Pacific garbage patch? It's one of several swirling trash zones in our oceans, and it's where a lot of our plastic litter ends up. W...