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The Lie Behind Plastic Pollution Is That We’re Responsible

In the midst of a mounting plastic crisis, the biggest plastic polluters keep pushing better consumer recycling behaviors as the solution. The plastic waste problem is not going to be solved by doubling down on our efforts to educate the public to recycle better. It can be solved by policies that prevent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Waste, Plastic Pollution


Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

The coronavirus caused Lauren Singer to do something she hasn’t done in eight years: she created waste. Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Waste, Trash, Plastic Pollution, Lauren Singer, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Earther Is A Trash Blog Now


The Plastics Industry Is Trying to Cash In on the Covid-19 Pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic is forcing many of us to change our best-intentioned behaviors. We’re withholding physical affection, even when our loved ones are in distress. We’re not patronizing our favorite bars, even though they’re struggling to stay afloat.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossil Fuels, Plastic Pollution, Coronavirus


This New Species Is Named After the Plastic Inside It

Some species are named after beloved teen activists or Lady Gaga. Others are named after plastic. Before science even discovered this deep-sea crustacean, plastic had infiltrated its stomach. So scientists named it accordingly. Meet Eurythenes plasticus.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ocean, Plastic, New Species, Plastic Pollution, Eurythenes Plasticus


Just Opening a Plastic Bottle Can Send Microplastic Pollution Into the Air

Coronavirus is Earth-shatteringly scary, and social distancing sucks. To distract myself and pull my brain out of the depths of speculative despair, I’ve been drinking a ton of seltzer, mostly from plastic bottles. I know that’s bad because plastic is an environmental nightmare, but seltzer water gives me more…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Microplastics


New Study Shows Sea Turtles Eat Plastic Because It Smells Like Food

There have been more than enough horrific viral videos of the turtles with straws stuck in their noses to show that plastic is a threat to them (I’ll spare you by not linking them). Studies have found that every minute, the equivalent of one dump truckload of plastic gets into the ocean, and researchers estimate every…Read more...
Tags: Science, Turtles, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Sea Turtles, Its A Plastic World


Here's What You Need to Know About New York's Plastic Bag Ban Kicking Off in March

On any given day walking through New York City, plastic bags are everywhere you turn. They’re at your corner bodega where you order your sausage, egg, and cheese on a roll; they hold the last-minute necessities you picked up on the way home for dinner; they litter our streets, our subway stations, and our parks.…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, Plastic bags, Newyork, Plastic Pollution


Coke, Pepsi, and Other Big Brands Are Getting Sued for Contributing to the Plastic Crisis

Some of the world’s biggest food, beverage, and consumer goods companies are getting their asses sued for their contributions to plastic pollution.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pollution, Plastic, Lawsuits, Plastic Pollution, Coke Pepsi


Erupt Trail Running Shoes

Born from a partnership with Pittsburgh-based organization First Mile, Puma’s Erupt Trail running sneakers employ yarns made from plastic pollution collected in Taiwan, Honduras and Haiti. This silhouette is the first from this sustainable collection, but it’s also a continuation of a refresh of the Puma brand that commenced a few years back. Referencing design-forward footwear both past and present, this iteration offers high-performing tread …
Tags: Design, Shoes, Pollution, Puma, Haiti, Sneakers, Pittsburgh, Plastic Pollution, First Mile, Recycled Plastics, Trail Shoes, Material Innovation, Taiwan Honduras


Many Plastics Aren't Actually Recyclable, a New Report Shows

Companies say that a lot of single-use plastic items are recyclable: cups, trays, lids, cutlery, straws, stirrers. But it turns out those claims are misleading. Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Greenpeace, Plastic Pollution


China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

As the world’s most populous country, with close to 1.5 billion denizens, China also produces the largest quantity of plastic. In fact, the University of Oxford-based publication Our World In Data (OWID) has documented China’s plastic production rate at 60 million tons per year. To mitigate the resulting plastic pollution, the Chinese government is set to enact a plastic ban, phasing out the production and use of several single-use plastic items by 2025, thanks to a detailed policy directive and...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, China, Environment, Ireland, Middle East, University of Oxford, North America, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, South Asia, Plastic Waste, North Africa, Waste Disposal


Museum of Plastic pops up during Art Basel Miami Beach

The Museum of Plastic is popping up once again, this time at the EDITION Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach, from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. Creative incubator Lonely Whale designed the art installation to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans, first unveiling it earlier this year in New York during World Oceans Week. Lonely Whale is known for campaigns like the anti-straw Stop Sucking and the anti-single-use plastic water bottle Question How You Hydrate. Inha...
Tags: New York, Design, Interviews, Hp, Conservation, Adrian Grenier, Seattle, Art Basel, Public Art, Ocean Pollution, Art Basel Miami, Sustainability Initiatives, Plastic Pollution, Ives, Heron, Basel Miami Beach


Manta Rays and Whale Sharks Are Consuming a Staggering Amount of Plastic

Manta rays and whale sharks are among the largest filter-feeding fishes on the planet. To power their bulk, they sieve massive quantities of plankton out of the water. But new research off the coast of Indonesia suggests their meals come with an unwanted garnish: an alarming amount of plastic waste .Read more...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Ocean Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Manta, Whale Sharks, Manta Rays


#KICKPLASTIC: How Does Plastic Pollution Affect the Ocean We Love

#KICKPLASTIC: How Does Plastic Pollution Affect the Ocean We Love We all love the ocean. We don’t want to lose fishing’s greatest source of happiness, right? Then we should take some preventive steps for our oceans to survive for future generations. Let’s begin with some facts that you should know: By 2050 ocean plastics will outweigh all the ocean’s fishes! That can’t happen! I haven’t beaten my PB Marlin yet! One out of four fish tested have plastic in them...
Tags: Texas, Australia, Inspiration, Bill Clinton, United Nations, South Pacific, Vanuatu, Featured Post, Ocean Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Ocean Blue Fishing, Vanuatu Fishing, Plastic Ocean, Save The Ocean, Kickplastic, Save The Fishes


The Ocean Cleanup reveals the Interceptor to remove plastic pollution from rivers

After recently announcing its first success at collecting plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Cleanup team is widening efforts by addressing the main entry point of litter — rivers. To tackle the 1,000 rivers responsible for about 80 percent of global ocean plastic pollution, the nonprofit has deployed a new invention, the Interceptor. The Interceptor catches and collects plastic junk, preventing its flow from rivers into oceans. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, wha...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, River, Interceptor, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup, Plastic Pollution, Indonesia Malaysia, The Ocean Cleanup, United States Los Angeles, Slat, Plastic Cleanup


Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster

Anyone who’s participated in a beach cleanup is familiar with the classic cup of cigarette butts. The collection of nasty, soggy, chemically remains of cigarettes is the top item—often numbering in the thousands per cleanup—found in the sand in many parts of the U.S. along with other bits of plastic pollution.Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Vaping, Juul, Plastic Pollution, E Waste, As If We Needed Another Reason To Quit Vaping


This Uninhabited Island Is Covered in Rubber Bands Because Birds Think They’re Worms

British conservationists have figured out why a protected island near the UK’s southwest coast is littered with thousands of elastic bands.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Birds, Pollution, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Plastic Pollution, Gulls


Halloween generates frightening amounts of plastic waste each year

Two eco-minded British charities, Hubbub and the Fairyland Trust, have revealed that Halloween generates mounds of plastic waste equal in weight to millions of plastic bottles. Besides food and costume packaging and masks and accessories, plastic lurks in the costumes, which are often made from fabrics like polyester, nylon, acrylic and other synthetic fibers. After polling 19 prominent British retailers, Hubbub and the found that more than 2,000 metric tons of plastic waste are generated from...
Tags: Costume, Design, News, Diy, Environment, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Eco Textiles, Plastic Pollution, Green Halloween


Scotland bans plastic-stemmed cotton swabs in bid to combat plastic pollution

Following backlash concerning plastic waste buildup in beaches and oceans, Scotland is now the first country in the United Kingdom to officially ban the manufacture, supply and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, commonly known by the brand name of Q-tips. Environmentalists and conservationists are hailing the change as wonderful news for wildlife and ecosystems. Before the new ban came into effect, several cosmetic giants already made the switch to manufacturing more biodegradable alternative...
Tags: Design, News, Scotland, Environment, Policy, United Kingdom, Johnson, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Science Advances, World Economic Forum, Envrionment, U K, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Marine Conservation Society


World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) takes place every 5th of June and is the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth".Since it...
Tags: Environment, Sustainability, Sport, Skiing, Un, Sustainable Tourism, Plastic Pollution, Ski Paradise, World Environment Day, BeatAirPollution


New report reveals 70 million metric tons of plastic burned worldwide each year

A new report reveals the scale of the world’s plastic problem and the alarming amount of plastic that is burned. Despite the grave and well-documented consequences for human health, about 12 percent of all plastic in the U.S. is burned. In middle- and low-income countries without the infrastructure to recycle, plastic is burned at a much higher rate. According to the report, published by Tearfund, Fauna & Flora International, WasteAid and The Institute of Development Studies, a double-decker bu...
Tags: Design, News, Plastic, United Nations, American Chemistry Council, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Institute of Development Studies, Burning trash, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Burning Plastic, Tearfund Fauna Flora International WasteAid, Dow Chemical ExxonMobil Formosa Plastics Corp, Procter Gamble The Alliance


Even the most remote islands are victims of plastic pollution

Plastic hasn’t taken much more than a century to conquer the entire world. Since plastic’s invention in 1907, it has infiltrated even the most remote island chains, according to a new study by marine biologist Jennifer Lavers and her associates. When the researchers visited the Cocos Keeling Islands — 6 square miles of land 1,300 miles off Australia’s northwest coast — they found a staggering accumulation of plastic waste. Because nearly no one lives on the islands, the plastic bags, straws, cu...
Tags: Design, News, Australia, Environment, Ocean, Plastic, Npr, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Antarctic Studies, Cocos Keeling Islands, Institute for Marine, Jennifer Lavers, Lavers, University of Tasmania Related


Ocean explorer finds plastic waste during worlds deepest dive

This May, American Victor Vescovo broke the standing record of the world’s deepest solo dive, venturing 7 miles into the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, where he discovered four potential new species as well as plastic waste and candy wrappers. Vescovo is a wealth equity investor with an interest in ocean exploration. He traveled in a high-tech submersible that can withstand enormous amounts of pressure from the 35,849-foot descent. In fact, the submarine is capable of withstanding the weight o...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Bbc, Oceans, Plastic, Pacific Ocean, Mariana Trench, Species, Plastic Waste, Ocean Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Victor Vescovo, Vescovo


Plastic bag found in Mariana Trench

It was a day of joyous celebration. Deep sea diver Victor Vescovo pushed down seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean, setting a record for the deepest dive of all time. Vescovo joined two other divers — American navy lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard, who dove in 1960 — as the sole divers to ever reach the bottom of the trench, with Vescovo reaching about 36 feet deeper than his predecessors. But news of the record-breakin...
Tags: Travel, Mariana Trench, All, Plastic Pollution


Scientists Say They've Cooked Up an Endlessly Recyclable Plastic

Plastics aren’t recycled nearly as much as we’d like them to be, but a team from Berkeley Lab has developed a method to hopefully make that process easier. In a recently published study, these researches describe a new type of plastic that can be broken down at the molecular level to create new plastic without any…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycle, Plastic Pollution, Berkeley Lab, Ban Plastic


Can't make the climate strikes? Here are a few tips on how students can live sustainably

More than ever, students are leading the charge in promoting sustainable living. Protesting is an effective method of getting the attention of lawmakers, but there are other things you can do to improve the environment outside of a picket line. From volunteering for a local clean-up effort to saying goodbye to single-use plastics, here is a quick guide on how students can incorporate sustainable living practices into their daily routine. Avoid Single-Use Plastics Going in and out of clas...
Tags: Lyft, Design, Students, Features, Recycling, Volunteering, Eco Kids, Eco-inspiration, Plastic Pollution, Sustainable Living, Paper Recycling, Recycling Recycling, Single-use Plastics, Donating, Green Transportaion, Dorm Ideas


‘Biodegradable' Bags Can Still Carry Groceries After Three Years in the Ground, Study Finds

I’m a cat owner, so cleaning up poop is a near daily occurrence. I buy special bags for my feline son, Mellow: the biodegradable type. If I’m going to dump his poop and pine litter into the trash, might as well use do so in something that decomposes, right?Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Biodegradable, Plastic Pollution, Greenwashing


This Electronic Group Made an Album Entirely With Plastic and It's Not Total Garbage

The plastic pollution crisis of our own making may seem like an odd inspiration for album, doubly so when the item that sparks that inspiration is a 25-year old plastic fish jockstrap. But that’s exactly what put plastic on experimental electronic group Matmos’ radar.Read more...
Tags: Art, Music, Science, Plastic, Plastic Pollution, Matmos


The Phox V2 water filter fights plastic pollution

While water filters solve problems by cutting plastic waste and removing nasties from our drinks, they add to environmental woes by sending 100 million cartridges to landfills every year. That’s enough to fill 50 jumbo jets, according to the makers of Phox V2, a new filtration system with a reusable cartridge. The world is ready for this solution to plastic pollution, judging from Phox’s Kickstarter campaign being fully funded in just 34 hours. The campaign, which ends Monday, April 29, rewards...
Tags: England, Design, Innovation, Kickstarter, Charing Cross, Water Quality, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Plastic Pollution, Dickson, Ovie, Water Filters, Scott Dickson, Phox, Young Glasgow


Jason Momoa shaves beard to shine a spotlight on plastic pollution

When you have 11 million Instagram followers, your simplest move can elicit thousands of comments. When you’re ready for a major transformation, such as shaving off the beard you’ve been growing since 2012, you can pair the shearing with a save-the-world message. So we understand a viral video of Jason Momoa, beloved Game of Thrones star, shaving off his beastly beard while talking about plastic pollution. The 39-year-old actor’s call for action is part of a growing wave of awareness of the 19 ...
Tags: Design, News, Pollution, Plastic, Aluminum, Game Of Thrones, Recycling, Jason Momoa, Recycled Materials, Plastic Pollution, Beards, Ball Corporation, Umbra, Momoa, Aluminum Umbra