Tagged: plastic

UK Might Be Buried In Plastic Soon

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What do you do when the place you’ve been dumping all your garbage won’t let you do that anymore? If you’re the United Kingdom you strongly consider burning it. To upgrade its industries China is banning “foreign garbage” from January 2018 on. The UK’s recycling industry used to send “55% of paper, 25% plus of plastics” to China yearly.

Britain was shipping “up to 500,000 tons of plastic for recycling in China every year”. I can’t imagine how, but their Environment Secretary admits he didn’t see this problem coming. Some of the new plans include Continue reading

WATCH: What Is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

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In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Ben Segall you’ll learn there’s a patch of garbage that’s not twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean right now. You should know what you throw in the ocean comes right back to you so this is a serious problem. You’ll also learn this is a global problem why that means its solution will require action on a global scale. Please do reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse plastic because all the plastic ever made is still around, but much more will need to be done than just that. Seriously. Watch below. Continue reading

Buy Nothing New This Christmas

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On a site that focuses on environmentalism I’m not going to encourage you to be a baller this holiday season. Over-consumption is a major problem in our society, as we learned in “Story Of Stuff” and in the end it doesn’t make people love you more anyway. I will tell you if you buy something this holiday season you should do it as eco-consciously as possible. Or you can just buy nothing!

A few things to remember or try: Continue reading

VIDEO: Chris Jordan’s Film About An Island Where The Birds Have Bellies Full Of Plastic

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Artist Chris Jordan, whose work we’ve shown in 5 Things You Need To Know About Plastic Bottles Or You’ll Die Twice has a well shot new film in production called Midway. Midway is an island in the North Pacific that was the site of a battle widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. As its name suggests the island lies nearly halfway between North America and Asia. It’s also a place polluted with enough plastic to fill the bellies of the local birds. Continue reading

Why Bottled Water Shouldn’t Be Popular With Minorities

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According to a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine minority parents consume bottled water more often than white Americans and this has become a topic of discussion now. I wondered about these claims when I saw the post Why Minorities Love Bottled Water on theroot.com. Do minorities love bottled water? Who are we considering minorities? Continue reading