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Yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favour of limiting use of single-use plastic bags (less than 50 microns thick) in the European Union by 50 per cent by 2017 and 80 per cent by 2019.
http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/2014/04/european-parliament-votes-in-favour-of-reducing-single-use-plastic-bags/
http://econews.com.au/news-to-sustain-our-world/eu-decides-to-bag-the-plastic-shopping-bag/
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Good National Geographic overview of the challenges involved with cleaning up the plastic and other trash in the world's oceans.  Upshot: Stop Littering!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140414-ocean-garbage-patch-plastic-pacific-debris/
Scientists studying ocean garbage discuss how the world might deal with it.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Pathway Investment Corp. to stop selling its Kinetic Go Green food storage containers, which contain nanosilver, a questionable and unregistered antibacterial/antifungal pesticide agent.
http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20140404/NEWS/140409951/epa-halts-sales-of-plastic-food-containers-with-nanosilver-content#
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a New Jersey company to stop selling its plastic food storage containers because they contain nanosilver, an unregistered pesticide. The company, Pathway Investment Corp., claims the nanosilver has antibacterial
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Our Plastic, Our Problem video by Seas-at-risk.org on the plastic pollution in the oceans. Our Plastic, Our Problem
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Here's an overview of current state of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, and how YOU can take action to help with clean-up and solutions. The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth and comprise 21% of the globe's surface freshwater. 
http://buffalorising.com/2014/04/plastic-pollution-in-the-great-lakes-whats-happening-and-what-can-be-done/
By Nate Drag: From the Pacific Ocean garbage patch to litter at our local parks, plastic pollution has become a major problem facing the environment. As the weather warms up and you step outside to...
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Plastic bag ban legislation in Florida withdrawn because fee on bags was a non-starter -- but the issue is not going anywhere and it sounds like new legislation will be back eventually.
http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/Plastic-Bags-on-the-Endangered-List-in-Florida--254803171.html
Legislation to allow local government to ban the use of plastic bags in supermarkets got a surprise hearing at the Capitol today. It was doomed from the beginning because of a ten cent bag fee, but the hearing itself was a message about the future.
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Yikes - greenwashing, K-cup style! As Margaret from TreeHugger states, even if this purportedly recyclable "EcoCup" actually is fully recyclable, which in reality it is not, it IS "a fundamentally disposable product."  One to avoid.
http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/ugh-ecocup-recyclable-coffee-pods-are-still-pretty-much-trash.html
Seriously guys, it’s just like single-use water bottles.
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Wow. The market for plastic additives - the chemicals that give plastics their many properties - is expected to grow from $21.4 billion in 2013 to $57.8 billion in 2020. Mostly due to demand in China, India and Japan, and because metal equipment is being replaced with plastics in various industrial applications. Hopefully sustainable, non-toxic bioplastics can play a role in decreasing this demand.
http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/Plastic-Additives-Market-will-Reach-578-Billion-Globally-by-2020---Allied-Market-Research-3174019 
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