The good news is we can return to our plastic-avoiding habits. It just might look a little a different.
COVID-19 is changing how the U.S. disposes of waste. It is also threatening hard-fought victories that restricted or eliminated single-use disposable items, especially plastic, in cities and towns across the nation.
Today I cringe at how often I once unspooled all that “single-use plastic,” as I now think of it.
A new report shows that a surprisingly small number of big companies and banks are behind the manufacturing and financing of much of the world’s single-use plastic.
New innovations are creating a more sustainable future for single-use plastics.
They witnessed the pollution firsthand. So they decided to act.
Single-use plastic bags are everywhere—from grocery and department stores to landfills, tree limbs, lakes and oceans. It’s probably because people use an estimated 100 billion of the bags per year in the United States alone. And less than 10% are recycled.
Production must end now, says first ever estimate of plastic’s cradle-to-grave impact.
China, one of the world’s largest consumer of plastics, just announced its plan to ban single-use plastics across the country.
The proposal, announced Sunday aims to reduce plastic waste that has become ubiquitous in Chinese cities, promote recycling and green packaging and curb their overflowing garbage dumps.
The policy will ban the production and sale of disposable plastic tableware and cotton swabs by the end of 2020
Consumer-goods companies are increasingly substituting paper for plastic packaging but face a big challenge: how to stop products from going stale or soggy.
Plastic production is rapidly accelerating, according to an ambitious new paper—but only 9 percent of it gets recycled.
Governments and individuals all need to reconsider how we use and dispose of our single-use plastics (SUPs). Within just two generations we have produced and discarded so much plastic that we are now literally drowning in it.
The anti–plastic straw campaign is looking like a movement, which is good, even if it doesn’t really matter.
With the likes of mushroom wrap and sugar-cane plastic, the list of environmentally-friendly alternatives is growing longer. So why is plastic still so widespread?
And the case for wearing one that’s reusable.
Most of us will get along just fine without throwaway plastic in our daily lives. But there are nevertheless many legitimate applications for single-use plastics.
“The Beyond the Bag Initiative is exploring a diverse suite of solutions that can be deployed in the short, medium, and long term.
Ditch your one-and-done straws, spoons, and containers with this kit of affordable, reusable stand-ins.
Humanity’s decades-old addiction to disposable plastic, from straws to shopping bags, is choking the world’s rivers and seas, threatening wildlife and contaminating the food chain. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made this problem worse as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) soars.
Launched in January 2019, Beyond Plastics is a nationwide project based at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, that pairs the wisdom and experience of environmental policy experts with the energy and creativity of college students to build a vibrant and effective anti-plastics movement. Our mission is to end plastic pollution by being a catalyst for change at every level of our society.