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Glad to hear that Loblaws is phasing triclosan, pthalates and microbeads out of the "Life" and "President's Choice" brand  products over the next three years.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/loblaws-to-stop-making-products-with-microbeads-by-2018-1.3109046

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/loblaws-will-ban-triclosan-phthalates-microbeads.html
Loblaws says that by the end of 2018, it will stop using triclosan, phthalates or microbeads in the household and cosmetic products it manufactures.
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Plastic is littering the bottoms of waterways, not just the surfaces. A just released scientific article reviews the current literature on what is known as "benthic" plastic pollution, i.e., plastics that settle to the bottom of aquatic environments.  5 Gyres​ talks about this regularly as they document surface and near surface plastic pollution around the world. 

Here's an overview of scientific research on the benthic perspective of plastic pollution. It's not pretty, given that plastics degrade much more slowly when settled at the bottom of the ocean and shielded from UV light.

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/em/c5em00188a
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Jack Johnson​ takes out Bag Monsters​ during the 5 Gyres​ SEA Change Expedition. A good start, but we've still a ways to go to beat plastic pollution... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-kaas-boyle/jack-johnson-takes-out-th_b_7554806.html
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Cannot wait to do a radio show with Jay Sinha, co-founder, Life Without Plastic on the Mrs. Green's World Radio Network. 
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Last night we brought popcorn to our son's soccer game in one of our airtight rectangular stainless steel #plasticfree containers. Handy dandy.

http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/store/airtight-rectangular-storage-container-2-l-0-53-gal.html
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The oceanic plastic pollution clean-up solution of 21-year old dutch aerospace student, Boyan Slat, is slated to be rolled out - literally all 1.2 miles/2 kms of it - next year off the coast of Japan. Will it work?  Who knows.  But we agree with TreeHugger​ that it's best to start at the source and focus on preventing plastic from getting into the environment in the first place.
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/teens-ocean-plastic-cleanup-device-launch-next-year.html
Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array may be one solution to cleaning up ocean plastics, or it may be just another bad idea with good intentions.
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5 Gyres​ explains the concept of "plastic smog" in the world's waterways, where every drainpipe is like a horizontal smokestack dispersing a cloud of tiny plastic bits out into the water.

As their 3 week SEA Change Expedition comes to a close, the data collected will further help educate the world about the true nature and staggering scale of plastic pollution in the world's aquatic environments.

Overview via TreeHugger​:
http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/ocean-plastic-smog-not-island.html
The founders of 5 Gyres, a non-profit dedicated to researching ocean pollution, want to change the way people think about plastics in the seas.
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Useful tips for recycling tubes, such as toothpaste... http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150622/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150629923
With a few identification skills and tips, you can keep some out of the landfill. Here are five steps to recycling them.
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Four great reasons via Katherine at TreeHugger​ to avoid wet wipes.  And here's another:  They generally come packaged in plastic that ends up in landfills or as environmental pollution.

http://www.treehugger.com/health/why-you-should-avoid-buying-wet-wipes.html
Not so convenient after all, wet wipes are terrible for the environment, city sewers, and human health. Avoid at all costs!
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It's World Ocean Day and we encourage you to check out the World Ocean Day website put together by the U.S. National Ocean Service. This Trash Talk video gives a great overview of what marine debris is, how it affects us all, and how it has created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - and garbage patches in all the major ocean gyres. And much of this debris is single-use disposable plastic! 

http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/trashtalk_specialfeature/welcome.html
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Wondering how the heck to figure out which cans are STILL lined with BPA and which are not? Environmental Working Group to the rescue! EWG just released a new report entitled "BPA in Canned Food: Behind the Brand Curtain". Between January and August 2014 they surveyed 252 brands produced by 119
companies and the report includes a comprehensive list of which brands to avoid and which no longer use BPA-based epoxies to line their cans. Thanks again, EWG!
http://www.ewg.org/research/bpa-canned-food
The report: http://www.ewg.org/research/bpa-canned-food
You may know that bisphenol A, a synthetic estrogen found in the epoxy coatings of food cans, has been linked to many health problems. Many companies have publicly pledged to stop using BPA in their cans. But consumers like you have had no way to know which canned foods use BPA-based epoxy. Until now. EWG analyzed 252 canned food brands, mostly between January and August 2014, to find out which of them packed their food into cans coated with BPA-...
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Last day for our store-wide 10% off sale!  http://conta.cc/1EE4gWu
The small thin cardboard box contains 64 strips for 64 loads. Transportation pollution is reduced by 94% compared to the standard weighty plastic jug detergents. Did you know that millions of those jugs go straight into landfills each year? Read more about the sustainability of Dizolve ...
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