plastics

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What Happens to All That Plastic?

Today Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities. What happens to all the rest of it?

by |January 31, 2012
CAPTION: Sonia Machuca, WAVES for Development's environmental education teacher. -Benjamin Preston, 2011

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
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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