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The Story of Plastic and Toxic Art

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Wallace J Nichols

The stuff of war is the stuff of art. Some of the earliest cave drawings depict tribal strife. Since before history, the material and materiel of wa...

The Truth About Plastic Bags Decomposing

The Daily Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Dear EarthTalk: I've heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record strai...

PHOTOS: 8 Ways You Can Be Fooled By Your Food

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We heartily applaud any effort to green your diet. But beware: looks can be misleading. While organic is much better for the environment since it ex...

The Great Disposable Plastic Spill

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The old 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle don't begin to deal with the problem of synthetic pollution made from petrochemicals that has steadily increased since its introduction in the late 1950's.

PHOTOS: 7 Ways To Kick The Plastic Habit

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We need to break our dependence on oil, no doubt about that. One real culprit of our oil addiction is plastic. It's everywhere -- from single use pack...

A Visit to My Kitchen: Beth Terry from Fake Plastic Fish

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

Nearly three years ago, a photo of an albatross chick changed Beth Terry's life. The bird's stomach had exploded from eating disposable plastic bottle...

Plastic Bag Monsters Kill Journalist and Crew

Ben Zolno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Zolno

As this journalist tried to warn us, we're all being eaten alive. Sadly, only our governments can save us. Yikes.

High-Grade Goods: Take Back-to-School Shopping Back to the Earth

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

These pens and mechanical pencils from Paper Mate look and feel like regular plastic but are made of biodegradable sugar-plant parts. Their packaging is plastic-free and 100 percent recyclable.

Don't Feed Plastic Bag Monsters: Pass California Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Collectively, Californians use 19 billion single-use plastic bags annually. Used but briefly, these bags have long-term consequences for California.

The Top 5 Superbad! Awesome! Plans for Cleaning up Plastic in the Ocean!

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Wallace J Nichols

Five sure-fire plans, brought to you by the same guys who created the problem, to ensure we can all enjoy another Century of Plastic in comfort, cleanliness, and guilt-free style.

Teaching Kids (and the Rest of Us) About the Oil Spill

Jenn Sturiale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jenn Sturiale

I spied a disposable water bottle nearby, and it struck me: what better, more direct way to teach kids-- and adults, for that matter-- about how we've gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place?

12 Connections Between Oil Spills and Plastic Pollution

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Both oil spills and plastic pollution kill ocean wildlife in obvious, quick ways and slow, insidious ways.

Plastic Activists: Actually, Some Companies

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

The furniture store that is synonymous with cheap, trendy furniture moved up green ladder when the company outright banned plastic bags for customers.

Grow a Conscience: How to Garden Green

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Whether your farm fits in a window box or spans several acres, ensure a truly green thumb with these Earth-friendly gardening gizmos.

Petrolholics Anonymous

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

It might begin like this: "Hello, my name is [your name here]. I am a petroleum addict. I've tried Valvoline, Vaseline, kerosene, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, and natural gas. I've even tried plastics."

Plastic Logic

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Why not clean up the plastic that can be reached on foot or by kayak, expending no fuel at all? We could hire thousands of young people who are eager for meaningful, outdoor work.

Our Plastic Ocean Turns Forty

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wallace J Nichols

We are painfully slow on this eco stuff. But it's not just because we're not "ready" for action. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to convince us that there is no problem,

Artists Saving our Planet from Plastic

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

The Save My Oceans blog series celebrates artists who are refashioning plastic trash into art. Be inspired by these creative people to turn our seemingly useless waste into something useful.

Ten Anti-Plastic Heroes

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

For Earth Week, I'm profiling anti-plastic heroes who are artists, activists, politicians and even corporations who are offering inspiring ways to cut plastic consumption.

The Plastiki Voyage: Marine Debris Is Our Problem

Jo Royle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jo Royle

We began exploring the Antarctic continent, a land that no human can permanently inhabit. I faced a staggering accumulation of debris. How could we have such a far-reaching impact?

The Perils of a Plastic Society

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

Our dependency on plastic is not purely physical; it is the word used for surgery of many of those most of us envy. And sadly it is a word that describes many of us, certainly in how we deal on the outside.

5 Green Living Resolutions You Can Handle

ecofabulous.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Welcome to 2009! The year of the eco-ox. On the off chance that you're still recovering from too many libations and you haven't had a moment to write ...

Putting the "I" in the Environment After the Gulf Spill

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Sirota

Those photographs of sludge-soaked pelicans are painful to behold. It's those hollow pupils peeking out of the brown death. They are an avian version of the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg that Fitzgerald once wrote about -- and they implicate us all.

Wanted: Citizens of a Post-Plastic Society -- Must Love Edges

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

This plastic age is one of ironies at every turn, now revealed as a dangerous and unsustainable vision, a failed utopia. Itʼs time to bring back edges.

Don't *@#! Where You Eat

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Day in, day out, it feels like the exact same scene. A 360-degree view to the horizon consisting of big dark waves, the odd bird or flying fish and nary a boat, island or anything else of interest.