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Plastic Soup: A Global Crisis

…urned up in EVERY sample they tested. Most were tiny photo-degraded plastic particles just big enough to be swallowed up by fish and other marine life. Other pieces of debris were the size of a house. The pictures of massive plastic pollution on the beaches on Easter Island – an island that symbolizes societal collapse as a result of unsustainability. The accounts of about dolphins and whales following the boat for extended periods of time, and…

A Clean Face shouldn’t mean Dirty Water: 10 things you didn’t know about microbeads

…shed recently in the peer-reviewed Marine Pollution Bulletin. Written by 5 Gyres Institute, in collaboration with researchers from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, the report is believed to be the first micro-plastic pollution survey of the Great Lakes Region. 5. Once in the water, microbeads, like other plastics, can attract and absorb toxic chemicals: The surface of microplastics has been proven to attract and absorb persistent…

A Teachable Moment

…that a balloon? He shrugged. I spotted a garbage can nearby. This was a teachable moment for my three-year-old. Don’t close your eyes to pollution—do something. As an environmentalist, I have given dozens of presentations on plastic pollution. Plastic does not degrade but rather it photo degrades, which means it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces. Sea life and birds ingest the plastic—either because they think its plankton or because it…

Bring Your Own Bag in the Village of Mamaroneck, NY

…in Westchester County, NY to ban disposable bags, after the City of Rye banned plastic bags in December, 2011. Both Rye and Mamaroneck, which lie on the Long Island Sound, decided to ban plastic bags in an effort to prevent plastic pollution from ending up at local parks and beaches, and to protect wildlife from plastic bags, which kill tens of thousands o f whales, birds, seals and turtles each year. After months of public education, the…

Great Lakes Plastic Pollution

In this 2012 photo provided by 5gyres.org is a sample collected in eastern Lake Erie showing tiny bits of plastic on a penny. Scientists discovered masses of floating plastic particles in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie last year. This summer, they’re widening the search to Lakes Michigan and Ontario. They are trying to determine whether fish are eating the particles, which may come from city wastewater, and passing them up the food chain to…

Great Lakes Plastic Pollution

In this 2012 photo provided by 5gyres.org is a sample collected in eastern Lake Erie showing tiny bits of plastic on a penny. Scientists discovered masses of floating plastic particles in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie last year. This summer, they’re widening the search to Lakes Michigan and Ontario. They are trying to determine whether fish are eating the particles, which may come from city wastewater, and passing them up the food chain to…

Great Lakes Plastic Pollution

In this 2012 photo provided by 5gyres.org is a sample collected in eastern Lake Erie showing tiny bits of plastic on a penny. Scientists discovered masses of floating plastic particles in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie last year. This summer, they’re widening the search to Lakes Michigan and Ontario. They are trying to determine whether fish are eating the particles, which may come from city wastewater, and passing them up the food chain to…