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:

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Microbeads and Microfibers:

Here are links to information regarding Microbeads and Microfibers:

Microfibers emerging as new environmental threat as Canada moves toward banning microbeads; sent to us from our friends at U p G y r e s

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

10 EASY WAYS TO USE LESS PLASTIC

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