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Trader Joe’s Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics Nationwide Following Customer Petition

by Madison Dapcevich | March 7, 2019

As the world suffocates from its plastic addiction, a growing number of businesses are stepping up to the plate to reduce their plastic waste. Most recently, Trader Joe’s announced that it will be taking steps to cut back on plastic and other packaging waste after a petition launched by Greenpeace harnessed nearly 100,000 signatures. At the end of last year, the […]

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Identify the Problem to Find the Solution: UNEA 4 and Re-Framing the Plastic Issue

by Grace Smith, Geneva-based intern | March 4, 2019

From March 11th to 15th, Ministers of the Environment from 193 countries will gather in Nairobi, Kenya, for the fourth meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) with the potential to propel our society into a new era of sustainability. UNEA, the official governing body of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the highest-level governing body […]

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Challenges in Asian nations’ plastics fight

by Prime Sarmiento | February 28, 2019

Fundamental changes needed to tackle waste management, analysts suggest Late last year, the carcass of a sperm whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia was found to contain a huge lump of plastic waste-including bags and cups. The discovery came six months after an autopsy of a pilot whale was spotted in a southern Thai […]

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Solving the plastic pollution crisis requires focus on another ‘R’ — responsibility

by Tom Dowdall | February 27, 2019

By emphasizing recyclability and recycling over reduction and elimination of plastic waste, major companies are still ducking their responsibility to tackle plastic pollution. The problem with plastic is not new. For decades the plastics and packaging industry has combined with food and beverages companies to frame it as a “litter” problem. Individuals littering are the […]

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Berkeley on the Path to Zero Waste Dining!

by Amelia Moore | February 24, 2019

Last month, Berkeley City Council unanimously passed the Disposable-Free Dining Ordinance, a groundbreaking and expansive plan for phasing out single-use plastic foodware from Berkeley restaurants and businesses. The ordinance, the first of its kind in the U.S. to comprehensively address single-use plastics, has been met with an outpouring of support from the community including students, […]

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