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Plastic Pollution

California Drops the Ball on Plastic Bag Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Why is it that the average American hasn't yet come to associate single-use plastic bags with the terrible environmental and economic toll these bags exact?

Lawmaker Blasts Plastics Trade Association for Falsities

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The author of the Single-Use Bag Reduction Act delivered a blistering expose of the false figures being used by the plastics industry trade association, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), to oppose her bill.

25-Foot Turtle Stumps for Plastic Bag Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

If The Single-Use Bag Reduction Act passed, California would be the first state in America to prohibit single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

WATCH: 'The Majestic Plastic Bag' -- Hilarious Nature Mockumentary With Jeremy Irons

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With the California Senate preparing to vote on AB 1998 -- a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide -- Heal the Bay has released a hilarious mocku...

Dead Plastic Filled Birds (Video): Artist Chris Jordan's New Mission to Midway Island

Stiv J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stiv J. Wilson

Last year, artist Chris Jordan journeyed to Midway Atoll, one of the most remote wildlife refuges on earth to document plastic pollution and it's affects on wildlife. What he found was disturbing.

Eco Etiquette: How Can I Recycle Flip-Flops?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Help! I am drowning in ol...

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.

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,

Shocking: The Most Disturbing Plastic Pollution Video You've Ever Seen (VIDEO)

Stiv J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stiv J. Wilson

Thanks the work of artists like Chris Jordan and many, many others, images are starting to circulate that are making consumers think twice about their plastic consumption.

Pink Washing the Dangers of Bottled Water

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps Sparkletts is promoting an alliance with a cancer charity as a PR strategy to distract consumers from Sparkletts' more significant association with their bottles, which are made with a known carcinogen -- BPA.

Gifts for the Sea

Julie Packard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Julie Packard

A half-century ago, Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote Gifts from the Sea, bestseller in which she described what we as individuals can take away from our times of quiet reflection along the shore.

Recycling Plastic: What a Waste

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Every day, single-use plastics ("SUPs" bottles, bags, packaging, utensils, etc.) made from petrochemicals are thrown away in huge quantities after one use, but they will last virtually forever.

Captain Moore's Journey to the Accumulation Zone: An Update

Laurie David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laurie David

Captain Moore is helping us understand that the rapid rise in global plastic production is leading to a rise in plastic pollution and its devastating effects on our oceans and our lives.