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On Location with 'A Plastic Ocean,' a new adventure documentary that seeks to change our attitudes toward single-use plastics within a generation. Watch the trailer at Plastic Pollution Coalition: [http://bit.ly/1PTHjL5] #PlasticPollutes #APlasticOcean
Production on an important new documentary about the human impact on our world oceans due to plastic pollution is wrapping up. Please share the trailer and help spread the word.
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With the wonderful spread of plastic bag bans all over the world, this is a great question, and as always, the lovely and talented Umbra from Grist.org responds masterfully. Note: It's not just about recycling... there are other creative options.

http://grist.org/living/my-city-banned-plastic-bags-now-where-am-i-supposed-to-recycle-them/
A zealous city banned plastic bags -- then got rid of the bag-recycling bins too. Stuck with a bunch of bags, a reader asks advice maven Umbra Fisk how to handle the situation.
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On January 19th, a report entitled "The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics" was launched at the World Economic Forum currently taking place in Davos, Switzerland. 

The report addresses the following question:  "How can we turn the challenges of our current plastics economy into a global opportunity for innovation and value capture, resulting in stronger economies and better environmental outcomes?"

A key culprit is plastic packaging:  "Most plastic packaging is used only once; 95% of the value of plastic packaging material, worth $80-120 billion annually, is lost to the economy."

In arguing for a circular plastic economy where "plastic never becomes waste," the authors point out that a business-as-usual approach will lead to the following outcomes by 2050:  
- oceans likely containing more plastics than fish (by weight) 
- the entire plastics industry will consuming 20% of total oil production and 15% of the annual carbon budget. 

Time for change. The report offers a blueprint for moving forward, with an emphasis on global collaboration, innovation, and communication.

http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/how-can-we-create-a-world-where-plastic-never-becomes-waste
Davos 2016: By 2050, oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish, and 20% of all oil produced will be used in plastic production. This is a trend that must be reversed.
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The Seabin Project Kickstarter to decrease aquatic plastic pollution... an automated rubbish bin that catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents. https://youtu.be/mK1cpkGZsfE
http://www.seabinproject.com/
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Colorado State University chemists have done the impossible: they've synthesized a fully recyclable, biodegradable polymer.
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Plan ahead and you'll never have to accept a paper cup again.
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"Our study shows that making plastic products with BPA alternatives does not necessarily leave them safer"
- Nancy Wayne, Professor of Physiology, UCLA

Companies advertise "BPA-free" as a safer version of plastic products ranging from water bottles to sippy cups to toys. Many manufacturers stopped used Bisphenol A to strengthen plastic after animal studies linked it to early puberty and a rise in breast and prostate cancers.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160201103543.htm

Study link: http://press.endocrine.org/doi/10.1210/en.2015-1785
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"The planet is slowly being covered in plastic."

New research published in the scientific journal Anthropocene, argues that the Holocene epoch (which began about 11,700 years ago) has ended and we are now in the Anthropocene epoch, which is characterized by human activities changing the Earth's geology.

The indicators are the abundance of human-created materials found in sediment all over the world -- ranging from aluminum, concrete and plastics to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), PAHs (polyaromatic hydrocarbons), pesticides, nuclear fallout (from bomb tests in the 1940s and 1950s), nitrogen and phosphorus (from increased fertilizer use).

And regarding plastics in particular, this is what one of the authors of the study, Jan Zalasiewicz, had to say: “In 1950, we virtually made [no plastic] at all. It is an incredible rise. [The] annual total of 300 million tonnes [of plastic] is close to the weight of the entire human population of the planet. And the figure for plastic manufacture is only going to grow. The total amount of plastic produced since the second world war is around 5 billion tonnes and is very likely to reach 30 billion by the end of the century. The impact will be colossal.”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/24/plastic-new-epoch-human-damage

The scientific articles...
On the Anthropocene epoch: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6269/aad2622

On plastics as a key indicator of the Anthropocene epoch:
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6269/aad2622
From supermarket bags to CDs, man-made waste has contaminated the entire globe, and become a marker of a new geological epoch
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This is a question we often get. And Katherine from Treehugger has handled it masterfully. Of course, we're thrilled she is in love with our stainless steel containers. We love them too, and we also regularly use our glass containers with stainless lids for freezing - just need to be sure they are are room temperature or cooler before putting them in the freezer. Mason jars are amazing. And her "package-free" suggestion is a fine one - I (Jay) do this every summer harvest with tons of fresh tomatos for winter soups and stews. http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/store/kitchen/food-storage/airtight-watertight-containers.html

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/how-freeze-food-without-plastic.html
Say good-bye to a freezer full of Ziplocs, Tupperware, and plastic wrap. There's another, much greener way to freeze food.
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A step forward in decreasing plastic waste being dumped at sea from ships...  
http://www.ajot.com/news/free-disposal-of-clean-plastic-waste-in-ports-of-rotterdam-and-amsterdam
From 1 January 2016 sea-going vessels will be able to dispose of unlimited plastic ships’ waste free of charge in the ports of Rotterdam Rijnmond and the North Sea Channel district.
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Life Without Plastic Stainless Steel Dish Set Review ~ Tales From A Southern Mom http://talesfromasouthernmom.com/life-without-plastic-stainless-steel-dish-set/  
Tales From a Southern Mom was privileged to receive a 3-Piece Stainless Steel Dish Set from LifeWithoutPlastic.com to review. My first impression was “hey, wow, this box doesn’t weigh a ton!” Being a family of avid campers and outdoors people, with small children (who sometimes drop things), this was a review I was particularly excited...Read More »
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Our friends at TreeHugger explore just how big a monster we have created...

http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/26-not-so-fantastic-facts-about-plastic.html
In which we explore just how big a monster we've created.
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