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:

Information about harms caused by plastic bags:

Polystyrene (What is Polystyrene?)

Chick-fil-A insists on serving use Styrofoam by Lisa Kaas Boyle

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.

Article ASAP — Polystyrene Plastic A Source and Sink for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Marine Environment by Environmental Science & Technology

Here is the letter the folks at 5 Gyres sent to the city of New York regarding their consideration of setting up a recycling program for Styrofoam: Why DART Corp’s Bribe To New York’s City Council Won’t Stop Polystyrene In The Environment

Check out the Rise Above Plastics program page to find more info on plastic pollution and how to get involved in plastic litter reductions.

Polystyrene Ordinances

Information about the Pacific Garbage Patch:

Websites and blogs tracking plastic bag laws:

Films & documentaries about plastic bags, plastic water bottles, microbeads and overall plastic pollution:

Check out this great video about plastic pollution and its effects on our environment: “This is what happens when plastic is thrown into the ocean” by the folks at Tech Insider

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

It’s a plastic world – English from It’s a plastic world on Vimeo.

Websites with great tips for using less plastic in your life and living greener:

Plastic alternatives that really work.  Do you know what BAGASSE is?  Check this link out from Eco Kloud

Meet the Greens Activity Guide is a great site with real tips families can immediately use to be more green.

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.

Iron Pipe vs. PVC Pipe Video – This is from our friends at the Clean Water Action Network


What do those “Recycle” numbers on plastic really mean anyway?

Achieving zero waste means focusing on destination, not diversion

Slash Your Trash and Save the Environment: Waste-Less Lessons

Websites supporting our Plastic Awareness Initiatives:

Plastic Awareness Coalition

GA Tech Surf Club

Atlanta Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Environmental Committee, Atlanta

Center for Biological Diversity

Chico Bags and the Bag Monster


Cochran Mill Nature Center

ISFoundationDefenders & Warriors 2011

US Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter


Ocean RevolutionLiveBlue

Cool People Care

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers

Sierra Club / GreenHome

Earth Covenant Ministry

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church


IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions)

Project GreenBags

Southeast Green

Storm Water Systems, Inc.

Earthrace Conservation


Greener Upon Thames

Turtle Island Adventures Inc.

The Know Better Effect

Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics

Sophia Academy

Stop Littering


First Here, Then Everywhere

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots South Africa

Recycle Across America™

The Green Schools National Conference

The Green Schools Alliance

Rethink the Bag

Plastics SA (South Africa) Clean-Up South Africa



Saving the Oceans for Our Children

iMatter Movement

The 5 Gyres Institute

The Captain Planet Foundation

Engaging Press/Engaging Every Student

Two Oceans Aquarium

Ashmore Carey Co.

Get Milkshake/Milkshake Kids

Keep Roswell Beautiful

Kids Go Eco

The Florida Aquarium

Sullie The Seagull


Sierra Club Georgia Chapter

Dance 4 Oceans

Greening Forward

Orion School in Atlanta

SP Recycling Corp

Environmental Education North Fulton

Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc.

Project Blue Hope

The Ocean Project

The Chirping Birds Society

Coastal Conservation League

The TerraMar Project

Be Straw Free

EarthEcho International

Atlanta CARES

Unheard Voices

Drifters Project

The Conscious Ocean Project

Rocket 21

Earth Force

The Green Garmento

The Dolphin Project