Micro / Nano-plastics and Human Health (Research Summary)

Type of Publication: Summary of Research Source: Marine Anthropogenic Litter (Book); Chapter 13 Author: Tamra S. Galloway Summary This paper is a review and summary of studies up to year 2015 about what research shows about micro and nano plastics and how they impact human health.  As stated in the introduction: “This review considers the …

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, …

Why Are Cloth Bags Better Than Plastic?

It’s becoming more and more common to see shoppers using their own cloth tote when they go shopping. Stores are beginning to pose the question, “Do you need a bag?” And many countries and companies around the world are looking to reduce their plastic use by taxing or banning plastic bags altogether. When this happens, …

Top Alternatives to Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags

So you’ve decided to kick the plastic bag habit – great news! But won’t it make life difficult? Is this really going to have an impact? There are great alternatives available to you that don’t cost the earth. There is something for everyone so you can find one that works best for you. How convenient are …

Why We Should NOT Use Plastic Bags

WHAT’S WRONG WITH PLASTIC BAGS? You’ve probably seen and heard a lot about plastic lately, especially disposable plastic bags. We’ve been using them since the 1960’s, so why are plastic bags suddenly the bad guys? Plastic use has become an epidemic: more than one trillion plastic bags are manufactured every year and they take up …

Cups: Single Use (Disposable) vs. Reusable – An Honest Comparison

Is investing in a reusable cup or bottle really going to lower your environmental footprint? This is a valid question and there has been confusion around this topic as there are many differing opinions. In this post I will answer three main questions: 1. What’s the environmental impact of disposable cups? 2. What’s the environmental …

Reusable vs. Disposable Bags: What’s Better for The Environment?

Is investing in a reusable bag really going to lower your environmental footprint? In this post I will answer three main questions: What’s the environmental impact of disposable bags? What’s the environmental impact of reusable bags? When are reusable bags better than disposable bags? The basics of comparing disposable bags vs reusable bags Before answering …

History of Plastic Bags: How Did We Get Here

WHY ARE SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS EVERYWHERE? Plastic bags are ubiquitous and most people don’t question it. Why? Less than 50 years ago plastic bags were a rarity. Now you it seems like you can’t buy anything without it being carried out in a branded plastic bag. If we can understand how we got ourselves …

Reusable Grocery Bags: Good or Bad for the Environment?

Are reusable grocery bags good or bad for the environment? For every news article that tells us ‘Reusable bags are better for the environment’ there seems to be another one saying ‘Reusable bags are not really eco-friendly’. The arguments for and against the environmental sustainability of reusable shopping bags can be confusing, so what’s the truth? …