One of the main dangers of plastics is the harm that their production and incineration can do to the health of the people who live nearby. Plastics plants are one of the main factors polluting the air of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, for example. Now, a group of U.S. lawmakers are seeking to address this environmental […]
We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. That’s the definitive conclusion of a new Greenpeace report released Monday that found that only five to six percent of plastics in the U.S. were actually recycled, a major decline from the still relatively low highs of 9.5 percent in 2014 and 8.7 percent […]
A new report from Greenpeace found that of the 51 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. last year, only 5% was recycled. What about the rest of it? It went to landfills or ended up as ocean pollution or dispersed as tiny particles in the air. It’s no secret that recycling isn’t […]
The trillions of pieces of plastic that end up in Earth’s oceans each year are wreaking havoc on the hundreds of thousands of marine organisms who live there. Mammals like whales and smaller organisms like fish ingest plastic particles, which contain toxins that stay in the animals’ bodies and are passed along to the organisms […]
In a deal that has been called “baffling” by Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar, the Egyptian government has signed an agreement with Coca-Cola to sponsor the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27), which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from November 6 to 18, a press release from Greenpeace said. The deal […]
What began as an infestation could be a surprising nature-based solution to the plastic pollution crisis. In 2017, scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini found some unwanted intruders in one of her hives, wax-moth larvae that feed on beeswax. She took the worms out of her hive and placed them in a plastic bag. However, […]
The second-ever Trees & Seas Festival will run from September 16 to 25 with events, tree-plantings and beach cleans around the world. The festival is the brainchild of Plastic Oceans International, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works to combat ocean plastic pollution by empowering sustainable communities.
Plastic pollution is an international problem, as trillions of pieces of plastic have made their way into the ocean from commercial and household waste, blown from landfills and trash cans into sewers and rivers and out to sea. Marine animals can ingest and become entangled in ocean plastic, leading to sickness, starvation and death. Plastic […]