Even paper bags will be banned from N.J. supermarkets

The bill, which would make the state the first to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets, would also ban single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants.
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Recycling isn't enough — the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse

As much as 53 million tonnes of plastic waste could spill into the world's rivers, lakes and oceans by 2030 — even if countries meet their commitments.
Plastic Pollution

A Google Chrome extension removed over 100 tons of marine plastics

Ocean Cleanup Group built a search engine that helps clean the ocean. Founded in December 2019, the non-profit organization is committed to saving the coasts and marine lives from plastic pollution.


That mushroom motorcycle jacket will never go out of style

Leather goods made of fungi are versatile and sustainable, a new study finds.

No plastic bags, straws, or hotel shampoo bottles by 2025 as China embarks on journey to reduce and replace polluting material

China, the biggest producer of plastic waste on the planet, is poised to kick off a five-year plan to reduce and replace the pollutant, in an ambitious program with far-reaching implications on the nation's supply chain, while creating billions of dollars of new business opportunities.


B.C. approves plastic bylaws in 5 communities, aims for provincial plan

British Columbia approved bylaws banning single-use plastics in five communities as it drafts a regulation allowing other local governments to create their own policies.


Is plastic recycling a lie? Oil companies touted recycling to sell more plastic

An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.

When fashion is fungal

Textiles have a big carbon footprint and then clog landfills when discarded. Could biodegradable clothes be a solution?

Big oil is in trouble. Its plan: Flood Africa with plastic

Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya's rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.


Plastic debris leaches chemicals into the stomachs of sea birds

New research suggests plastic pollution can poison sea birds, leaching toxic chemicals into the stomachs of birds that ingest plastic.


Olivia Sullivan: Can cities go zero-waste? One Japanese town tried

Kamikatsu famously declared its goal was to go waste-free by 2020. Their experience shows we can’t move further without systemic changes.

Study: Floating booms won't reduce plastic debris in oceans

Scientists revealed that floating blooms could only clean up to 5% of marine plastics, showing that the process is not as efficient as what was advertised.

Should governments slap a tax on plastic?

More than a billion tons of plastic could enter the environment in the next 20 years. It's time, advocates say, to put a sin tax on single-use plastic.


This ‘solution’ to the plastic crisis is really just another way to burn fossil fuels

Amid an escalating plastic pollution crisis that threatens "near permanent contamination of the natural environment," the fossil fuel and plastics industries say they have a not-so-surprising solution: recycling.

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Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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