The Cotton Tote Crisis

You can get cotton bags pretty much everywhere. How did an environmental solution become part of the problem?

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Sri Lanka, Facing ‘Worst’ Marine Disaster, Investigates Cargo Ship Fire

A fire has raged on a cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka for 12 days, sending toxic chemicals and tons of plastic into the country’s waters and polluting its beaches.

#beaches, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #oil-spills, #plastic-bags, #ships-and-shipping, #sri-lanka, #water-pollution

The Don Quixote of Brooklyn, Tilting at Plastic Bags

His quest? To remove garbage from the branches of trees throughout our fair city.

#brooklyn-nyc, #plastic-bags, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Don’t Eat the Breakfast Cereal. It’s Made of Plastic.

Robin Frohardt has turned a vacant space in Times Square into a colorful installation that slyly doubles as an eco-warning. Puppets have their moment, too.

#frohardt-robin, #plastic-bags, #puppets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-plastic-bag-store-play, #theater, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

What to Know About N.Y.’s Plastic Bag Ban

After months of delays and a lawsuit, the statewide ban on the single-use bags is being enforced. Paper bags are now 5 cents.

#brooklyn-public-library, #convenience-stores, #johnson-linda-e, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #oil-spills, #plastic-bags, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

Even Paper Bags Will Be Banned From N.J. Supermarkets

The bill, which would make the state the first to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets, would also ban single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants.

#american-forest-and-paper-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #politics-and-government, #sierra-club, #state-legislatures

Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic.

Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.

#american-chemistry-council, #basel-action-network, #center-for-international-environmental-law, #chemicals, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kenya, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

They’re on beaches, in parking lots and on sidewalks. You probably won’t catch the coronavirus from a discarded mask, but the litter poses a risk to the environment.

#citizens-campaign-for-the-environment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #pollution, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

After Fighting Plastic in ‘Paradise Lost,’ Sisters Take On Climate Change

Melati and Isabel Wijsen began campaigning to reduce plastic waste in Bali seven years ago. Now 19 and 17, they say the pandemic shows that stark measures to protect the planet are possible.

#bali-indonesia, #global-warming, #plastic-bags, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wijsen-isabel, #wijsen-melati

California Lifts Ban on Plastic Bags Amid Virus Concerns

For the next 60 days, supermarkets in the state can hand out single-use bags without charging. Some are skeptical that suspending the ban will protect anyone’s health.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newsom-gavin, #plastic-bags, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #shopping-and-retail, #workplace-hazards-and-violations