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Report: Melting Arctic Ice Will Dump More Than 1 Trillion Pieces of Plastic Into the Sea

The ice patches due to melt will unleash an amount of plastic waste more than double the size of Texas.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


‘Are Any Plastics Safe?’

Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake tells Amy Goodman there is new research suggesting that even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals that can act like estrogen in the body and cause disease.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



Those Beads in Your Body Wash? They’re Harming Ecosystems

“Microbeads”—bits of plastic no bigger than grains of salt, which absorb industrial toxins after being flushed down drains—are floating along the Los Angeles River and into the Pacific Ocean.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE


With My Crossbow, I Shot the Albatross

A new film showing how Pacific albatrosses are falling prey to plastic trash promises to take you on a journey “through the eye of beauty, across an ocean of grief, and beyond.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Fossil Fuels ‘Too Valuable to Burn’

Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a disastrous waste of finite natural resources that prevents their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Where the Plastic Water Bottle Has Been Banned

A New England town has become the first in the nation to prohibit plastic water bottles. “Like its also-banned-in-some-places cousin, the single-use plastic shopping bag, the throwaway water bottle has a mighty adverse impact on the environment,” writes Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Plastic Bag Is So Passé

The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban plastic bags. If approved, the measure, pending environmental review and a subsequent vote, would make L.A. the biggest American city to do away with this major source of pollution.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Retail Debit Fees May Be Capped

The beleaguered banking industry suffered yet another blow Thursday evening after the Senate voted to impose price controls on debit transactions, a move that follows years of begging by retailers for governmental limits on the high charges demanded by banks every time a consumer swipes a debit card. The amendment is in a bill that still must win Senate approval.

Posted on May 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Lousy Sex Life? Blame Plastic

A study has found that workers exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in the manufacture of plastics and other consumer goods, were at least four times likelier to report sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



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When Life Gives You Corn, Make Corn-Based Cell Phones

Samsung and Sprint are coming out with a new cell phone for the green crowd. The “Reclaim” is made from recycled materials and corn-based plastic and comes in eco-friendly packaging complete with soy-based ink. It’s enough to make one long for the day when all electronics are manufactured sustainably and iPhones grow on trees.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


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There’s No Delicate Way to Put This ...

Hello ladies. Would you consider reusable menstrual items? Please stay with me. 

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE



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FDA Plastic Decision ‘Creates a False Sense of Security’

The chemical BPA is common in plastic products such as baby bottles and food containers, despite concerns among scientists and environmentalists about its safety. The FDA has defended BPA use and recently turned to an outside panel for backup. That group of scientists, however, ended up criticizing the agency’s guidelines.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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San Francisco to Ban Plastic Bags

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign off on a citywide ban on petroleum-based plastic bags. The prohibition, the first of its kind in the nation, is meant to encourage the use of less harmful alternatives, including biodegradable plastic, cloth and paper bags.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


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