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Plastic Pollution

Oceans of Garbage: Why People Are Eating Their Own Trash

Francesca Koe | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

These seem to be the earliest vehicles that drove the phrase into our public consciousness here in America. Fast forward many decades and the literal meaning has manifested itself in a very unappetizing way: People are eating their own trash.

PHOTOS: Ocean Trash Becomes Illuminated Art

Posted 06.21.2012 | Green

How do you draw attention to the scourge of plastics polluting our oceans? If you're an artist at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, bein...

Eco Etiquette: Dealing With Not-So-Green Summer House Guests

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Every summer our dear but...

If the Sea Was a Child: In Honor of World Oceans Day

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

If not now, when? If not this, what? If not us, who -- who will speak for the sea as a child? If the sea was a child, what would you do to save the sea?

Plastic Pollution: How You Can Stop Our Environmental Menace

Jessie Alvarez | Posted 07.22.2012 | Teen
Jessie Alvarez

I know that cutting back on all plastic is nearly impossible now, but by starting with these tips and pushing companies to explore other options instead of plastic, one day it won't be such a challenge.

Is The Ocean More Trashed Than We Thought?

Posted 04.27.2012 | Green

By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor: An oceanographer who noticed a disappearing act in which the surface of the ocean went from confetti...

Earth Week Challenge: Day 3

Posted 04.18.2012 | Green

Day 3: Earth Week Challenge -- Reusable Bottle Wednesday From April 16-22, HuffPost Green invites you to take on one simple endeavor per day to red...

Corvallis City Council Should Implement Plastic Bag Ban

The Daily Barometer | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
The Daily Barometer

The proper way to mitigate this environmental intrusion and reduce the use of plastic in society is an absolute ban on plastic bags, with a pass-through fee for paper bags.

Kyra Sedgwick Leads Global Call to End Plastic Pollution at United Nations

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.31.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Kyra Sedgwick, film actress and star of television's popular show The Closer, is using her famed communications skills to educate the public and world leaders about something that really upsets her: single-use plastics.

End Game: The Petitions to Ban BPA

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

As scientists continue to study the effects of BPA on humans, the FDA is finding that it is the one under the microscope -- the microscope of public scrutiny, that is -- and what we are seeing is troubling.

Lynne Peeples

Japan Tsunami Anniversary: Could Tiny Bits Of Plastic In The Ocean Threaten Our Health?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green

One year after a massive tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan, much attention is focused on the bottles, refrigerators and other debris washed out ...

WATCH: Protecting Oceans And Marine Life Takes Different Shapes In 2012

Posted 02.06.2012 | Green

With threats like overfishing, plastic pollution and changing temperatures looming over the world's oceans, conservation groups are working hard to pr...

Plastic Free Campuses: Because It's Their World to Change

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

College students are taking up the challenge of saving the Earth for themselves, because the "grownups" in our nation's capital, and the state capitals as well, just don't get it.

Frivolous Challenge: Nation's Most Progressive Plastic Bag Ban in Peril

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.13.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

It's corporate bullying by the plastic industry to make cities and counties think twice before passing environmental laws that cut into their profits, laws that are supported by the majority of residents who prefer to live in clean communities.

Finding Fortune in Plastic

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 01.17.2012 | Green
Rahilla Zafar

Unlike air pollution which we can see and smell, most think plastic is harmless, or merely an aesthetic eyesore when seen on the ground or in the water, Woodring says, and is perceived of as less of a planetary problem by the public.

Move Over Joe Camel -- Plastics Lobby Targets Kids in Textbooks

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What do cigarettes and single-use plastics have in common? Most cigarettes have a single-use plastic filter -- so smokers get a dose of petrochemical...

Plastic And The Great Recycling Swindle

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Disposable plastics are the largest component of ocean pollution. Should we be risking life and limb for single-use bags and plastic bottles that can easily be replaced with sustainable alternatives?

It's Beach Season: Meet the Giant Plastic Bottle Garbage Jellyfish

Diane Dulken | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green
Diane Dulken

Walking into a neighborhood grocery store, I saw a sculpture of heartbreaking beauty: a giant jellyfish made of plastic bottle tentacles and a body of jumbled plastic bags and debris.

There's No "Safe" Plastic, Already!

Mindy Pennybacker | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green
Mindy Pennybacker

The latest science shows that plastics are really, really bad news. Hormone-disrupting chemicals were found to be leached from all kinds of plastics, including those labeled BPA-free.

Never Before Studied Gyre: Researchers Find Plastic in the South Pacific Too

Stiv J. Wilson | Posted 05.31.2011 | Green
Stiv J. Wilson

As the world is slowly waking up to its single-use plastic addiction, researchers are showing that oceanic plastic pollution isn't just a North Pacific Gyre and a North Atlantic Gyre problem.

We Can Send a Man to the Moon, But Can't Invent a Green Credit Card!?

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Over six billion credit cards are produced each year worldwide. That is enough to make over 50 stacks of cards higher than Mt. Everest. Too bad these are not recyclable.

Win for the Sea Turtles: Protecting Endangered Species Through Conservation Travel

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

Marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols moves to the beat of his own drum, turning the doom-and-gloom scenarios of the nightly news into win/win scenarios.

Can You Go Plastic-Free For An Entire Month?

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Could you give up plastic for an entire month? Rodale.com has challenged green bloggers and readers to embrace a Plastic-Free February... are you up f...

I'll Have the Can, Hold the Cups

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Tell the flight attendants you want just the can, no napkin, next time you need a shot of carbonated caffeine while in the air. Why use so many plastic cups, and what happens to them when the plane lands?

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch Videos Document Plastic Pollution Crisis and Solutions

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive area of plastic waste fragments collected by the swirling natural currents of the Pacific, is a real eye-op...