Europe’s drive to slash plastic waste moves into high gear

As part of a broader effort to create a circular economy that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, the EU will ban a host of throwaway plastic items next month and is working to create an expansive and lucrative market for recycled plastics.

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John Hocevar: The same polluters destroying our climate are profiting off single-use plastics

The reality is that less than 10 percent of the plastic ever created has actually been recycled.

This fish stuck in a disposable glove is a warning about the risks of COVID-19 litter

Around the world, people are finding animals affected by masks, gloves, and other PPE. “The material that is helping us is harming others,” says one scientist.

Virginia’s new executive order calls for phase-out of single-use plastics

According to a release from the governor’s office, the new order puts Virginia on a path to eliminate most single-use plastics at state agencies, colleges and universities.

The backroom battle between industry, Ottawa and environmentalists over plastics regulation

Canada's $28-billion plastics industry has always resisted efforts to curtail production. But with the federal government proposing a ban on certain single-use items and looking to classify plastic as toxic, the pushback has grown even greater.

Fighting the plastics plague, one canoe-full at a time

John Naylor has plucked more than 15,000 pieces of single-use plastics from the Susquehanna River, as well as tons of other litter such as tires, barrels, foam, plastic chairs, flip-flops and more.


Nicole Chatterson: 5 ways we can move away from single-use plastics

The pandemic is putting even more plastic into our oceans. But we can change that.

Mexico City begins 2021 with ban on single-use plastics

One of the world's biggest cities has prohibited the use of single-use plastic materials including plastic forks, straws and cups. Mexico's capital is striving to revamp its image as an eco-friendly, sustainable city.
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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé lead the '10 worst plastic polluters'

Break Free From Plastic says multinational corporations are pumping out so many single-use plastics that harmful plastic production could double by 2030 and possibly triple by 2050.

These items in your home are harming America's sea animals

A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.

Why some environmentalists are pushing for an end to plastic tampon applicators

Plastic tampon applicators, which don't easily degrade, are frequently found in shoreline cleanups across Canada. Why are they ending up on beaches in the first place?

How well do life-cycle assessments assess environmental impact?

Developed to provide a blueprint for environmental action, LCAs often sow seeds of discord. What can be done to fix that?


Ottawa pushing ahead with plan to ban single-use plastics by end of 2021

Canadians are increasingly turning to plastic packaging out of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.


Why 'biodegradable' isn't what you think

It sounds positive, but there are a few ways the label ‘biodegradable’ may cause more problems than it solves.
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Following up with families from ‘Fractured,’ EHN’s fracking investigation in western Pennsylvania

"The series finally brought to light that we're not the only ones being impacted, that this is a serious problem across the board, and that the industry should be held accountable."


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Solar geoengineering: Scientists decry a 'foolish' idea

Ideas to dim the sun 'ignore the root cause' of the climate crisis – and create a cascade of unintended problems, scientists and activists say

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: A trip down the crooked river

"Now that the water is clean, now that the fish are back ... it is so clean and glorious that everybody wants to be there."

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