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European Union Bans Single-Use Plastics

The European Parliament will ban a range of single-use plastics across the union to help stop ocean pollution. Items include plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers, and balloon sticks. The proposal also includes a measure to reduce single-use plastics for food and drink...

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The Ocean Cleanup Launch

Who can use good news? This month The Ocean Cleanup launched a 2,000-foot boom designed to gather plastic debris and clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. According to The New York Times, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floats between California and Hawaii and is comprised of...

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Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer & Plastic Gases

Happy August! Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer published a new study, which finds that “the most commonly used plastics produce two greenhouse gases, methane and ethylene, when exposed to ambient solar radiation.” In other words, as plastic waste decomposes, exposure to the sun causes the plastic to emit...

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A Whole New World, Without Plastic Straws

As many of you know, there is a growing movement to ban single-use plastic straws. We wrote about grassroots efforts to reduce straw use in a local Remyndr community in our May blog post, Puerto Rico | Plastic Straws. Today we have a huge update...

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Plastic Waste & The Ocean Cleanup

    On July 19th, Science Advances published a study entitled “Plastics: Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made.” Authored by Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck and Kara Lavender Law, the study combines global data on the life cycles of polymer resins, synthetic fibers, and...

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