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New Plastic Economy – Brilliance At Work

There are a lot of different ways to combat plastic pollution. Though I am a firm believer in simply using less, there are many (probably those more realistic than I) who are redesigning products to be plastic free and environmentally friendly. The projects are creative, brilliant, and the work of dreamers. People who believe the … Continue reading New Plastic Economy – Brilliance At Work

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The headline reads: "Campaign Aims To See Great Pacific Garbage Patch Officially Recognized As Its Own Country" It makes me cringe. The campaign is being spearheaded by LADbible in partnership with Plastic Oceans. I appreciate the effort, but am not sure if this type of action helps or hurts the cause. There is a lot … Continue reading

Recycling Behavior

I have a love/hate relationship with recycling. I do it religiously, sometimes bringing home recyclables (my own, and others) if an event or location does not have bins readily available. I also know that recycling will not save the world's oceans from being drowned in plastic, and that a lot of people use the fact … Continue reading Recycling Behavior

A Quick Word on Microbeads

Charlie Rolsky studies microbes at Arizona State University. He was recently interviewed by ASU Now, and though not a long interview, I really appreciated the succinct and accurate way that he described the microbead problem. What are microbeads? Rolsky describes them thus: "Microbeads are small, round plastics with a range of purposes, but they mostly … Continue reading A Quick Word on Microbeads

The Future is Here, and it’s Terrifying

I am not afraid very often. I can be startled but usually I can rationalize my way out of fear. But when two massive hurricanes slam into the South within weeks of each other, and we start having afternoon tropical thunder storms in central California, and 100's of fires burning across the west, I will … Continue reading The Future is Here, and it’s Terrifying

Where is Trash Going & Where is it Coming From?

One of the big conundrums in marine litter research is understanding that where you are finding trash is not necessarily where trash is entering the ocean, and where trash is entering the ocean, you are not necessarily finding it there. In my experience many people have heard about the North Pacific Garbage Patch (though there … Continue reading Where is Trash Going & Where is it Coming From?