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What Do We Do About Plastics?

We need local policies to encourage better waste management, more recycling and less use of plastics in the first place.

by |April 23, 2018
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Sailing Across the Atlantic In Search of a Solution to Our Plastic Problem

In mid-April, Agustina Besada will embark on a journey to #unplastify the world.

by |April 6, 2018
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The Truth About Bioplastics

Plastics made from organic material are often touted as being eco-friendly, but do they live up to the hype?

by |December 13, 2017

New York’s Waterways Are Swimming in Plastic Microbeads

Plastic microbeads, common in soap, toothpaste and other consumer products, are flooding waters. A team from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is doing the first large-scale assessment of their impact on New York’s waterways.

by |August 16, 2017

What Happens to All That Plastic?

Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 9.5 percent of it is recycled and 15 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities. What happens to the rest of it?

by |January 31, 2012

Changing Litterbugs One Wave at a Time

As the mid-Pacific trash island grows, forces are at work to change people’s minds about how they may be adding to it.

by |March 10, 2011

Our Oceans: A Plastic Soup

“Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint,” said Captain Charles Moore, who, in 1997, discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. ┬áIts name is misleading because the huge expanse of floating marine debris is actually more like a soup of confetti-sized plastic bits, produced by the runoff of our throwaway lifestyle that… read more

by |January 26, 2011