Posts Tagged ‘plastic’

New York plastic bag ban to go into effect starting this week

On March 1, the state of New York had plans for its statewide plastic bag ban to go into effect. The pandemic and a lawsuit delayed this plan, however, until this week.  During the pandemic, several stores in the state had actually banned customers from bringing reusable bags into their stores in order to further […]

Plastic-eating super enzyme could help solve the plastic waste crisis

Scientists are on the brink of scaling up an enzyme that devours plastic. In the latest breakthrough, the enzyme degraded plastic bottles six times faster than previous research achieved, as The Guardian reported. This new super-enzyme is able to break down plastic at room temperature, setting it apart from the enzyme that the French company Carbios discovered in […]

Coca-Cola leading plastic polluter worldwide for second year in a row

Image Credit: George Frey/Bloomberg In a 2019 audit about which company was the largest plastic polluter, Coca-Cola topped the list. The report confirmed Coca-Cola was responsible for more plastic waste for the second year in a row. The audit was conducted by Break Free From Plastic, a movement to eliminate plastic worldwide, and consisted of […]

The Atlantic Ocean contains at least 10 times more plastic pollution than previously estimated

A recent study by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC),  found there is at least 10 times more plastic in the Atlantic than previously thought. The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12- 21 million tonnes. Our latest #microplastics study identified plastic contaminants in seawater samples using […]

More Reasons to Avoid BPA and BPS in Plastic

By GreenMedInfo Research Group Despite known negative effects of BPA and BPS in plastic, these toxic chemicals are still prevalent in many home products and food items. BPA and BPS exposure is linked with reproductive disorders, lowered cognitive function, behavioral problems in children and increased oxidative stress, among other health disorders. Reducing your exposure to […]

E-Waste, Plastic, and More! “The Story of Stuff Project” Exposes What Happens to Discarded Stuff

By B.N. Frank For 11 years, The Story of Stuff Project has been producing and posting videos about what happens to all kinds of discarded stuff. They recently released their first feature-length documentary film, The Story of Plastic. Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our oceans and poisoning communities around the world. Meanwhile, Big […]

Watching The Hawks – Too Much Plastic & Net Neutrality

Watching The Hawks – Too Much Plastic & Net Neutrality Watching The Hawksyoutube.com After decades of depending on plastic to make our lives easier, it may now be standing in the way of our future. The Supreme Court has decided to allow states to legalize sports betting RTs sports correspondent Steve Christakos discusses the implications […]

Europe: Plastic Trash Piling Up, China No Longer Wants It

Europe: Plastic Trash Piling Up, China No Longer Wants It May 11th, 2018 Via: Reuters: Europe has sent just over half the plastic waste it used to ship to China to other parts of Asia since Beijing’s environmental crackdown closed the world’s biggest recycling […]

Nestlé’s Plastic Initiative Called ‘Greenwashing’ by Greenpeace

The environmental impact of the world’s plastic consumption is profound. Plastic trash and the tiny pieces that chip off it can be found everywhere—oceans, marine life, land and our bodies, too. To help solve this planetary crisis, Nestlé pledged Tuesday to make all its plastic packaging 100 percent recyclable or reusable by 2025. The Swiss food giant envisions a world where “none of […]

We’re all gobbling down 100 pieces of plastic with every meal

(Natural News) You wouldn’t dream of ordering a side of plastic with your meal, but you’re already eating 100 pieces of plastic each day without even realizing it, according to an alarming new study. When scientists from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University placed Petri dishes with sticky dust traps on tables near dinner plates […]

Amsterdam now has the first plastic-free supermarket in the world

(Natural News) Last February, the world’s “first plastic-free supermarket aisle” was launched in Amsterdam. Shoppers at the Jan Pieter Heijestraat branch of Ekoplaza, a Dutch supermarket chain, can now choose from more than 700 plastic-free products such as cereals, chocolate, dairy, fresh fruit, meat, rice, sauces, snacks, vegetables, and yogurt. All items at the supermarket are packed in either compostable materials […]

Future of the Sea report: Ocean plastic projected to triple within seven years

     If we don’t act now, plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is projected to increase three-fold within seven years, according to a startling new report. The Future of the Sea report, released Wednesday for the UK government, found that human beings across the globe produce more than 300 million metric tons of plastic per […]

The Amount of Plastic in Oceans Will Triple within Seven Years, Says Major Report

Vic Bishop, Staff Writer Waking Times  A recent viral video of a diver swimming through a sea of plastic is a stark reminder of what we are doing to the world’s oceans. We’ve been reporting on this issue since 2012, watching the development of a massive gyre of plastic forming in the Pacific Ocean, […]

Top Bottled Water Brands Contaminated with Plastic Particles: Report

The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday. “Widespread contamination” with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University […]

Adidas Sold a Million Shoes Made of Ocean Plastic

Adidas sold a million pairs of shoes made from ocean plastic last year, according to CEO Kasper Rorsted. In 2015, the German sportswear giant partnered with Parley for the Oceans , an environmental initiative addressing major threats to the world’s oceans, to develop products made from recycled marine plastic. After much anticipation, they introduced three versions of the UltraBoost shoe […]

Another danger for coral reefs: Plastic trash transports microorganisms that spread disease across the ocean floor

(Natural News) The phrase “deep, blue sea” may slowly become a thing of the past, as more seas and oceans are being filled up with waste plastic. Its adverse effects have surely been felt by nearly all marine life, but a team of international researchers led by Cornell University has discovered one more unfortunate effect of plastic. They […]

Does Every Single Piece Of Plastic Ever Produced Still Exist Today?

Renegade Editor’s Note: This is one of those issues that is always associated with “the left,” but it is something every one of us who cares about the future needs to start doing something about. By Alanna Ketler In the above image, plastic toothbrushes are lined up on Kahuku Beach. This is an act of […]

Plastic pollution is devastating ocean ecosystems, turning them into “toxic repositories;” documentary spurs action

(Natural News) Sir David Attenborough, an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist who recently made a documentary on plastic and its harmful effects on the environment, said that the Earth’s oceans are slowly becoming a toxic depository due to the evil deeds of the planet’s dwellers. Describing one scene from the documentary, Attenborough […]

Plastic pollution is threatening fish populations and the fishing industry in Central America

(Natural News) Plastic pollution is posing a threat to fish populations and fishing industry in Central America as a fisherman discovered plastics and other discarded materials, such as bottle caps, bits of plastic, a mangle comb, and a cigarette lighter, in the stomach of a mahi-mahi or also known as dolphinfish. The […]

One quarter of New Orleans’ catch-basins were clogged to uselessness with 93,000 lbs of plastic Mardi Gras beads

London has fatbergs: glistening, multiton agglomerations of fat, sanitary napkins, “flushable” wipes, human waste, dirty diapers, used condoms, and delicious strawberry jame; New Orleans has 93,000 pounds of plastic Mardi Gras beads. The city’s emergency crews have spent $7m since September, vacuuming the beads out of 15,000 of the city’s 64,000 catch-basins, […]

Billions of pieces of plastic on coral reefs send disease soaring, research reveals

Scientists examined 125,000 corals across the Asia-Pacific region, home to half the world’s reefs, and found 89% of those fouled by plastic were suffering disease. On plastic-free reefs, only 4% of the corals were diseased. The work is highly significant because it is the first to examine the impact of plastic on […]

Plastic Microbeads Banned in the U.K. but Your Products May Still Have Them

Anna Hunt, Staff WriterWaking Times It can be quite surprising to find out that your facial scrub, body wash or toothpaste contain thousands of tiny plastic microbeads. What’s even more appalling is the fact that thousands of tons of these microbeads end up in the ocean every year. Because of this staggering impact on […]

How about plastic for dinner? It is showing up in mussels from the Arctic to China, and ending up on our plates

(Natural News) While some moules et frites (mussels and fries) sounds delicious, the dish probably wouldn’t be as appetizing if every other bite had plastic in it. According to a recent study, mussels from the European Arctic to China are contaminated with “tiny bits of plastic.” Mussels in Arctic waters contain the most plastic of […]

Plastic Found in Mussels from Arctic to China

Plastic Found in Mussels from Arctic to China December 20th, 2017 Via: Reuters: Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people’s dinner plates. […]

The plastic pollution problem is wide AND deep: Study finds sea animals from the deepest parts of the ocean, 7 miles down, have plastic in their stomachs

(Natural News) Plastic pollution has drastically affected marine life that even animals living in the deepest parts of the sea have been found to contain trace amounts of plastic fibers in their bodies, a disturbing new study reveals. A team of researchers at the Newcastle University in the U.K. collected various crustacean specimens from the deepest […]

Do you have plastic in your gut? You might, if you drink water from the tap

(Natural News) Whether you live in the United States or France, there’s a high chance you’ve been ingesting microscopic plastic fibers whenever you drink water from the tap. According to the researchers behind the shocking new study, nearly all of the world’s tap water is contaminated. The researchers — who were commissioned by journalism outlet […]

Our oceans are so polluted that the coral are now eating plastic, new study finds

(Natural News) Scientists believe corals have developed a taste for plastic adrift the oceans, which means corals are ingesting the chemical additives within these plastics, as reported in a Daily Mail article. The researchers at Duke University discovered the concerning situation after the corals in their experiments ate all types of plastics, “but preferred unfouled microplastics by […]

Most of Us Are Ingesting Plastic Fibers Without Even Realizing It

Anna Hunt, Staff WriterWaking Times Plastic, once regarded as convenient and versatile, has actually become one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. It’s easy to see the extend of the contamination when you visit the oceanside. Even the most remote beaches are often littered with plastic debris. Now, new evidence reveals the problem […]

Tons Of Animals Have Floated From Japan To Oregon On Plastic Junk

The morning of June 5, 2012, invasive species researcher John Chapman’s wife, who works for the health department in Newport, Oregon, told him he had to go with her to see a mysterious object that had washed onto the town’s beach. Chapman was initially skeptical that the beached mass would be of any interest to him, scientifically speaking. The […]

The “BPA-Free” Marketing Scam: Why Plastic Is Still Toxic And Filled With Chemicals

Next Story Whenever we see “free” labelled on a product, it tends to trick our brains into thinking, “Hey, that must be good for me!” Seriously, think about it. When you see a cereal box label that reads “gluten-free,” do you immediately assume it’s healthy? When you read “paraben-free” on the front of a shampoo […]

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