The Problem with Disposable Cups

WHAT ARE DISPOSABLE CUPS AND WHY ARE THEY SUCH A BIG PROBLEM? Our love for coffee and other takeaway foods supports an enormous consumption of disposable cups around the world (billions every year). It’s a growing environmental problem that deserves attention. If you’re not 100% clear on why disposable cups are such a big problem, …

How To: Stop Using Plastic Bags

Learn how to stop using plastic bags: When looking at a worldwide problem, it seems nearly impossible to stop yourself from asking, “But what can one person’s actions really achieve? Am I really going to make that much of a difference?” When it comes to using plastics, the answer is always yes. Take plastic bags for example: …

How Can We Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Reducing Plastic Pollution These days, it seems like plastic is everywhere you look. It’s packaging your food, holding your groceries, conveniently providing water for you, wrapping your uneaten food, filling your bathroom, housing your cleaning products; truly pervading every aspect of daily life. Yet unlike food, wood, or any other organic materials we use in …

Reducing our Consumption of Plastics

Turning off the faucet… Plastic production has increased twenty-fold over the last 50 years – Over 300 million tons of plastic is being produced every year. And it’s adding up. Eight million metric tons of that enters the ocean each year. Our dependency on plastics for their convenience and versatility has grown exponentially. And it is projected to grow …

How to reduce the use of plastic bags

Do you live in an area where plastic bags are taxed or banned? More than 20 U.S. states and 150+ cities and counties have already banned plastic bags, and a growing number of countries around the world are also banning or taxing their use. Why is this happening and how can you respond? Why are plastic …

The Plastic Problem: Global Warming

PLASTIC’S CONTRIBUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE The problem with plastic isn’t only about the visible pollution that’s evident everywhere we look today. Plastics also make a significant – and growing – contribution to man-made climate change. How do plastics contribute to climate change? All plastic is made from carbon, but while biopolymers or bioplastics use carbon …

The Environmental Impact of Nylon Bags

WHAT IS NYLON? Nylon is a synthetic fiber with a silky texture, commonly used in outdoor gear such as sleeping bags, tents, rope. Other common uses include umbrellas, clothes, and parachutes. Nylon was originally created for use as a lightweight material during WWII and was most popularly used in parachutes. Nylon is lightweight, strong, and …

How To: Stop the Use of Plastic Bags

Stopping The Use of Plastic Bags “Plastic should be a high value material… [It] should be in products that last a long time, and at the end of the life, you recycle it. To take oil or natural gas that took millions of years to produce and then to make a disposable product that lasts …

Legislation Against Plastic Pollution

Use less. Recycle more. Buy this. Don’t support that. When talking about pollution, especially plastic pollution, the conversation often targets individual action. The choice, and therefore responsibility, always seems to lie with the individual. And while these shifts in personal choices are by no means futile, it is also imperative that we look to our …