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Home plastic composting kits consisting of mealworms that digest plastic...perhaps coming soon...

http://www.mah.se/english/News/News-2016/Plastic-compost-and-the-common-mealworm--Malmo-University-researchers-investigate/
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The Plastic Free Challenge is well into it's third Mini Challenge. Here are the instructions...

Lets see your "take away" containers and sustainable utensils. No more Styrofoam clam shells! This campaign was started when our founder went into a restaurant & took a photo of the waitress holding his food on his own plate. He posted that pic and was inspired to challenge others to share their experience of avoiding plastic. Let's see what you got!

For each mini challenge the formula is the same. You post a photo or a video selfie and say:

"I am taking the #PlasticFreeChallenge and this is my #waterbottleselfie (or whichever challenge you are posting about). I challenge ______ (tag a few friends) to do the same. Do you accept my challenge?

Instructions: TAKE A PIC OR VIDEO WITH YOUR REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE & SHARE IT ON YOUR WALL (set to public on Facebook) AND CHALLENGE A FEW FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME USING tag ‪#‎PlasticFreeChallenge‬.
Bonus points: Like & Tag Facebook.com/ThePlasticFreeChallenge and on Twittter & Instagram use @Twioos"

http://www.plasticfreechallenge.org/easy-action-mini-challenges/

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Fabulous news! The Canadian Government has officially declared microbeads toxic! See this statement from Environmental Defence Canada with the details.

With microbeads now added to Schedule 1 of the Toxic Substances List under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the government can now move forward and create regulations to actually ban microbeads in personal care products, and hopefully beyond.

http://environmentaldefence.ca/2016/06/29/statement-environmental-defences-maggie-macdonald-federal-governments-decision-microbeads/
Toronto, ON—We applaud the federal government’s decision to add microbeads to the Schedule 1 list of toxic substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act...Read More
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Attention Students! PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network has opened registration for it's Students for Zero Waste '16 Conference, happening on November 11-12, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. Education. Leadership. Sustainability.

This is a powerful opportunity to join 500 dynamic student leaders who are changing the world with tangible waste reduction actions. Learn. Connect. Be Inspired. Create positive change.

http://www.postlandfill.org/conference/
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Happy ‪#‎WorldOceansDay‬! Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet: Take action to prevent ocean plastic pollution! ‪#‎Waveforchange‬
Lots of ideas for action here:
http://www.worldoceansday.org/
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In January of this year the Ellen Macarthur Foundation launched the New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics report at the World Economic Forum’s annual event in Davos. It assesses comprehensively for the first time global plastic packaging flows.

Following on recommendations put forward in the report, the New Plastics Economy initiative kicks off this week with an inaugural workshop that brings together over 40 leading companies and front-running cities. The key idea is to overcome the limitations of incremental improvements and fragmented programmes that, over the last 40 years, have failed to move the needle on material value loss and negative externalities.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/may/25/the-new-plastics-economy-initiative-launches

http://newplasticseconomy.org
The New Plastics Economy initiative, which envisages improved after-use pathways for plastics, kicks off this week
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How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply with plastic microfibres: http://gu.com/p/4jhva/stw

Via +TheGuardian

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Delightful Umbra from Grist.org has done it again... tackled an excellent question with full-bodied response: Is landfill or burning worse?

As one might suspect, both suck, but as always the full answer is in the details, and...it depends.

http://grist.org/living/whats-worse-burning-plastic-or-sending-it-to-a-landfill/
When it comes to pesky, non-recyclable plastics, should we bury or burn? Advice maven Umbra Fisk tosses out a few ideas.
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So pleased to be a part of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute launch of their "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" exhibit coinciding with World Ocean's Day events around the world last week.

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/washed-ashore.cfm
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A newly released United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report "MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS AND MICROPLASTICS: Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change" considers plastic litter in the oceans "a common concern of humankind".

A few of the key takeaways from the report:
- 'Biodegradeable' plastics do not degrade rapidly in the ocean;
- Need to move toward a more circular economy model for plastics production, to minimize plastic waste;
- There is sufficient evidence to take a Precautionary Approach and act now to reduce plastic entering the oceans.
- There needs to be better governance framework for dealing with plastic pollution, and more cooperation among directly affected nations and communities;
- Marine plastics have serious social, economic and ecological impacts ranging from deaths from navigation accidents involving plastic debris to wildlife death and injury to loss of income and clean-up costs;
- Plastic reduction measures should be taken to minimize leakage into the oceans;
- Improved waste collection and management is the most urgent solution for reducing plastic pollution in the oceans, especially in developing economies.

Lots of work to do!

Here are a couple of commentaries on the report:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0525/Is-biodegradable-plastic-a-big-lie
http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/great-awful-truth-about-biodegradable-plastics.html

Here is the report: http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/Portals/50153/UNEA/Marine%20Plastic%20Debris%20and%20Microplastic%20Technical%20Report%20Advance%20Copy.pdf
On Monday, the UN issued a report on the state of plastics in the world's oceans, revealing that the term 'biodegradable plastic' may be a misleading misnomer.
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Excellent Rolling Stone article by Plastic Pollution Coalition​ Co-Founder and CEO Dianna Cohen about how the music industry and concert/festival scene are taking action to reduce plastic use and pollution.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-music-industrys-battle-against-plastic-junk-20160519
Touring artists are using their unique influence to help festival organizers move away from single-use plastic
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