Home Tags Plastic pollution

plastic pollution

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Straws in Restaurants

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Straws in Restaurants

Governor Jerry Brown has made California the first state to ban plastic straws at dine-in restaurants. Signing the law last Thursday, Brown said plastic is “choking our planet,” particularly marine animals. “Plastic has helped advance innovation...

Over 50% of UK Consumers Support Taxes on Plastic Food Containers, Study Finds

It used to be invisible, an assumed necessity. But plastic, particularly when it's packaging our foods and drinks, is now more visible than ever. And a growing number of consumers say they want it...
50% of Ocean Plastic Is Fishing Nets, Not Straws

50% of Ocean Plastic Is Fishing Nets, Not Straws

Fishing nets -- not plastic straws, bottles, or microbeads -- make up nearly half of the world's plastic ocean pollution, says a survey for the Ocean Cleanup campaign. The survey collected data from aerial photos...
bacardi

Leonardo DiCaprio Supports Bacardi Campaign to Remove 1 Billion Plastic Straws By 2020

Environmental activist and Acadamy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio gave his support to a new campaign by spirits brand Bacardi that targets ocean plastic pollution. Called "#TheFutureDoesntSuck," the goal of the campaign is to remove one billion single-use plastic...
starbucks iced drink

Starbucks Ditches Straws in All Stores to Combat Plastic Pollution

The world's largest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, is ditching plastic straws in a bid to become more sustainable. The decision is highly impactful; the company has more than 28,000 locations across the world and the move...
pamela anderson

Pamela Anderson Says ‘Vegan Food Is Not Enough’ in Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Actor and longtime animal rights activist Pamela Anderson took to Twitter over the weekend to urge her followers to stop using plastic after she received vegan takeout lunch in a plastic bag. "We need to...

New Zealand, the ‘Seabird Capital of the World,’ Under Threat From Plastic Pollution

Seabirds in New Zealand are at a higher risk of being harmed by plastic pollution than anywhere else in the world, according to new research. The country, dubbed the "Seabird Capital of the World," is...

American Express Launches Credit Cards Made With Marine Debris to Raise Awareness on Plastic...

American Express will soon launch credit cards made from plastic found in the ocean. In collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, an organization working to fight plastic pollution in the ocean, American Express intends...
Shatner Cropped-2

10 Celebs Who Pledged to Ditch Disposable Single-Use Plastics In a Bid to Save...

In light of World Environment Day, celebrities from a variety of professions are flocking to social media to promote a plastic-free planet. Plastic is an all too prominent pollutant nowadays. Recent data said a staggering...
UK to Create the World's First Plastic-Free Parliament

UK to Create the World’s First Plastic-Free Parliament

The British Parliament has announced plans to eliminate single-use plastic from its premises starting this summer. The first action will be to ban plastic water bottles and to implement a "latte levy" on disposable...
Single-Use Items Make up 89% of Plastic Waste in the Ocean

Single-Use Items Make up 89% of Plastic Waste in the Ocean

A new press release by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) highlighted the threat of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. According to the organization, 89 percent of the plastic in the ocean is single-use...

Pret A Manger Eliminates All Single-Use Plastic From Stores

International grab-and-go vegan-friendly food chain, Pret A Manger, is taking measures to do its part in protecting the world's oceans by pledging to reduce its use of plastic. In a tweet earlier this week, the company...

Oakland, CA, Moves to Limit Single-Use Plastic

The use of plastic straws in restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout Oakland, Calif., is set to see changes. The Oakland City Council recently voted unanimously to pass a law restricting access to single-use plastic...
beyond beach

Vegan Company Beyond Meat Celebrates Earth Day With Massive Beach Clean-Up

Vegan meat company, Beyond Meat, renowned for its “bleeding” burgers, has conducted a beach clean-up in preparation for Earth Day, on the 22nd of April. In the initiative, led by the company’s founder and CEO,...
Sea Shepherd Launches Campaign to Protect Marine Life From Plastic Pollution

Sea Shepherd Launches Campaign to Protect Marine Life From Plastic Pollution

Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit focusing on marine conservation, has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of the “overwhelming plastic pollution of the ocean,” the organization said in a press release. The campaign was created...

Researchers State 30% Drop in Plastic Ocean Pollution is Due to Plastic Bag Tax

The amount of plastic in seas surrounding the UK has declined, a new study revealed. Researchers believe the drop was caused by the previously implemented plastic bag tax, the Guardian reported. The study, published in...

Female Trio to Row Atlantic Ocean to Raise Awareness of Plastic Pollution

Three women are set to row the Atlantic Ocean this December in support of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and its “Clean Seas” programme. Jess, Caroline, and Susan, aka team “Status Row”, will be taking...

Why the World Needs You to Stop Sucking (Immediately!)

No one wants to ‘draw the short straw’ in any situation. But every time we accept a straw with a drink, our planet and its irreplaceable animal inhabitants are having the short straw drawn...

By 2050 Our Oceans Will Be More Plastic Than Fish! How Will You Help...

Last year the world made a shocking discovery: if we don’t change our plastic-using habits, the oceans are set to contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Is this a result of fast-declining fish...