Though much of the 380 million tons of plastic Americans consume every year bear the familiar triangle label that it’s recyclable, a new report claims the labels perpetuate a “fiction” that recycling can handle the waste. Grist reports.
Plastic presents a growing environmental problem, with some 448 million tons produced annually. What can you do? As a steward of the environment, you can reduce your plastic consumption — and help others to do so! From BethesdaGreen. (Photo: Kate Ter Haar, Creative Commons)
Plastic is arguably the most versatile and useful material ever created, but it’s also choking our world with billions of tons of refuse that may never degrade. But you can do your part to reduce your plastic use by switching to non-plastic alternatives to common items. From onegreenplanet.org. (Photo: Bo Eide, Creative Commons)
There’s no need to throw away plastic containers and bags for fear of COVID-19 contamination. They can be washed and reused safely, says a report from Greenpeace that refutes the plastics industry’s assertion that plastic products be used only once. From treehugger.com. (Photo: Twentyfour Students, Creative Commons)
Plastic is already a big problem in the world’s oceans, but it will triple in 20 years unless we take drastic action. That’s the conclusion of a study by the Pew Charitable Trust, which estimates 11 million metric tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans yearly. They spell out what we need to do. […]
Plastic … the miracle substance that changed our way of life is also causing huge environmental problems, especially in the oceans. Your congregation can become an environmental leader by educating people about the problem and encouraging them to adopt these handy tips to cut plastic waste. From 4Ocean.com. (Photo: Bo Eide, Creative Commons)
Civilization is facing a looming crisis of plastic that, while cheap and convenient, doesn’t break down. What to do? The Church of England suggest cutting down on plastic consumption, and it offers a Lenten calendar with daily suggestions. Read about it in the New York Times. (Photo: Kate Ter Haar, Creative Commons)