The goal of this page is to provide you with various resources that will help you find more information about the issue of Plastic Pollution. We hope you like our links and that you will let us know what else we can do to help. If you are interested in learning more about our Plastic and Recycling Awareness Curriculum for elementary schools, please visit the tab marked Educational Program.
Miscellaneous articles about the dangers of using plastics and ways to reduce plastic waste:
A report from the United Nations warns that the tiny pieces of plastic from plastic bags, bottles and clothes are one of the most dangerous environmental problems facing the world today. They present a serious threat to human health and marine ecosystems.
What is PLA and is it really better than plastics made from petroleum? PLA is something that is not a viable solution to the plastic pollution problem and it also misleads consumers to thinking that plastic #7’s are recyclable. While the production of most of Bioplastics results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional petroleum based
plastics, there are some concerns that the production of a bioeconomy could contribute to an accelerated rate of deforestation if
not managed effectively.
Polystyrene & Health Homepage – Because polystyrene products are so common, many people assume they are safe, and that a government agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), would not allow a health- threatening product to be marketed to the public.
Lighting Recycling Guide - Recycling is a huge part of our responsibility as global citizens. We have been taught to recycle paper, plastic, and glass; however, many of us forget to recycle our light bulbs. Many consumers have opted to use more energy-efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs in their homes and businesses, which is great for the environment! But the buck doesn’t stop there. After using energy-efficient lighting, it is important that is properly disposed of.
Living Green: A Guide to Recycling Electronics - While most of us are well aware of the importance of recycling paper, plastic, and glass, our evolving technology has created a new category of trash: e-waste. Quite simply, it is comprised of old or unwanted technology and electronic items. This can range from computers to scanners, faxes, refrigerators, video game consoles, cables, and so on. The surprising truth is that many people simply aren’t quite sure what to do with these old products. It doesn’t seem right or it might not be convenient to throw these types of items in the trashcan. Instead, e-waste piles up in garages, attics, and closets. Even worse, some people discard them in general landfills.
Whale Death Caused By Eating Plastic — by The Inquisitr – A whale death in Spain has finally been explained. Almost a year after the sperm whale washed ashore, marine biologists at the Donana Biological Station have confirmed that the emaciated animal died of starvation, the result of eating so much plastic garbage that its stomach became clogged.
Message in the Waves — BBC documentary about how plastics are affecting the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. Horrific scenes showing Albatross’ ingestion of plastic. This film inspired many towns in the UK to go plastic bag free.
Plastic Pollution Coalition — The goal of Plastic Pollution Coalition is to bring the issue of plastic pollution to the forefront of the global social, scientific, economic, and political discourse. (Notable celebrity supporters & involved in Malibu’s plastic bag ban.)
Pick Up America — An interesting blog about picking up disgarded plastic (and reducing plastic use). In support of Maryland’s proposed plastic bag ban, they walked across that state picking up an incessant amount of plastic bags along the way.
The following information comes from our friends at Surfrider: Polystyrene comes in various forms, check out the Polystyrene Page on Beachapedia for details on the differences between polystyrene, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam foodware or packaging, and Styrofoam. Most polystyrene ordinances only cover EPS foam foodware but some cover other EPS items and/or all polystyrene (#6) foodware items.
Bag Monster Blog — Humorous blog that will keep you up to date on the reusable bag movement and related environmental news.
Seattle Bag Tax website — Impressive compilation of articles, laws, and studies. Claims to have no connections to the plastic bag industry but opposed the Seattle bag tax and encourages plastic bag recycling as the answer — just like the industry.
Retail Bag Report Maps and Related Detailed Lists — This is a GREAT resource! As part of the Retail Bags Report prepared for the Florida Legislature last month, Florida’s Dept. of Envt’l Protection also developed this extensive website listing all plastic bags laws nationally and internationally.
Californians Against Waste — Great website to learn about all pending laws in California that affect waste/recycing/the environment. Current focus is on effort to phase out plastic grocery bags.
One Plastic Beach. This short documentary profiles artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, who have been collecting plastic debris off of a beach in Northern California for over a decade. They turn what they find into art, while raising a deeper concern with the problem of pollution in our seas:
Catalyst ABC TV – Plastic Oceans… a documentary about plastic harms on marine life
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary — Sponsored by Heal the Bay and narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this “mockumentary” video, hammers home the stark reality of California’s plastic bag pollution situation.
Bag It (The Movie) — Tells the worldwide story of plastic use, particularly the reliance on single-use plastic checkout bags.
Addicted to Plastic (Documentary) — Made by two guys with two cameras over two years, this documentary looks into how exposure to plastic (including plastic bags) affects human health and the environment.
Websites with great tips for using less plastic in your life and living greener:
The Plastic Ocean Project (POP) POP is bringing the best and brightest leaders to the table to take on the challenge of removing plastics from our oceans while creating sustainable businesses in the process.