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Taking the Greenwash route to fix the plastic crisis

by Niven Reddy | August 16, 2018

This article is in response to the article titled “Are plastic alternatives a blessing or a curse” by Anton Hanekom, Executive Director of Plastics SA. The issue with plastic is evident for everyone to see: it fills our streets and waterways and now we know that plastic particles have entered our food systems too. So […]

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Member Stories

Why Texas should ban plastic bags [Opinion]

by admin | July 26, 2018

The average length of time that a plastic bag is used is 12 minutes. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, STF / Associated Press Article by Rosanne Barone originally posted here. There’s no question. Plastic pollution is a serious problem. For decades, advocates have been alerting us to the floating gyres of trash out at sea and here on Galveston’s […]

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Interviews

Beyond recycling: rethinking plastic from the ground up

by Matt Franklin | July 11, 2018

This interview was originally published by the Green European Journal and can be found online in full here. Plastic has climbed high up the EU agenda in 2018, with the European Commission publishing its plastics strategy in January and a proposal for a directive on single-use plastics in May. Yet the fight for action against […]

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News, Plastic Policies, Press Release

Global Leaders Enable Dangerous Waste Burning Practices in G7 Plastics Charter

by Dawn Marie Elisse Mundo | June 18, 2018

June 13, 2018 – The G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, signed by five nations, has already been criticized as “tepid,” and inadequate to the scale of the plastic pollution problem. Despite advocates calling for governments to set clear, binding targets for reduction of virgin plastics,  the G7 charter embraces weak “end of pipe” waste management approaches. Advocates around […]

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News, Zero Waste Cities

Anything but Reduction: The American Chemistry Council’s Empty “Circular Economy” Promises

by admin | May 24, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018–This month, the American Chemistry Council, representing the plastic producers most responsible for the plastic pollution crisis–Dow,  Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Procter & Gamble, Chemicals Division, among others– has pledged to recycle or “recover” 100% of plastic packaging by 2040. First and foremost, we cannot wait until 2040. The plastic pollution […]

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