March 30, 2012
by Peggy

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Common in Packaging for Food and Drink

One of our biggest concerns is the array of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, much of it from the disposable packaging in which prepared foods and commercial beverages are provided. A recent interview on NPR’s Living … Continue reading

Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup Tally

March 28, 2012 by Peggy | Comments Off on Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup Tally

The Ocean Conservancy has released its report on 2011’s one-day Coastal Cleanup. A huge amount of the trash recovered was plastics, the leading offenders (after cigarette butts)  being disposable to-go packaging– plastic bottles, caps and lids, bags, containers and wraps. Here is a snapshot of the trash collected on September 24, 2011:

International Coastal Cleanup Graph: Top 10 Items Found

via: Ocean Conservancy



Plastic’s Getting Old

January 5, 2012 by Peggy | Comments Off on Plastic’s Getting Old

As we begin the New Year, we look forward to starting afresh. Perhaps we have in mind developing better habits, achieving a particular goal, or experiencing new things. I’ll be working on shedding plastic from my life. First a novelty, then a convenience, and now a plague – throw-away plastics have become (for me, anyway) an emblem of what ails us. The Guardian published a piece this week on the “wave of revulsion” that plastic bags have triggered globally, noting that a growing awareness of plastic pollution is resulting in worldwide efforts to ban or tax the plastic bag.

The Impact of Plastic Bags – from ‘Message in the Waves’ by Rebecca Hosking.

The Guardian’s article credits the efforts of a single person, Rebecca Hosking, with getting the ball rolling on plastic bag bans.  Hosking, a British filmmaker who co-produced a nature film about  the Hawaiian islands for the BBC in 2006, visited the Midway atoll, and was appalled by what she found there. (You can see her entire 48 minute documentary, Hawaii: Message in the Waves, online).  When she returned home to her town of Modbury, she successfully committed herself to ending the distribution of disposable plastic bags by every retail establishment there.

As it happens, the Hawaii County Council just this week voted to ban plastic bags used at all check-out stands on the Big Island. Kauai and Maui counties already have bag bans in place. If Hawaii’s Mayor Billy Kenoi signs the bill into law, Honolulu will be the only county in the state that has yet to enact similar legislation.  Go for it, Hawaii, trashy plastics have no place in paradise!

UPDATE:  On January 18, 2012, The Hawaii Tribune Herald reported on Mayor Kenoi’s decision to “ok” the plastic bag ban.  The law, authored by Kohala Councilman Pete Hoffmann, will go into effect in 2013, allowing for transition time and further education on the issue.  Wrote Mayor Kenoi, “In the end this bill is not about plastic bags, politics or the Hawaii City Council.  It’s about protecting our beautiful island.”

UPDATE: March 25, 2012, Honolulu enacts legislation to ban single-use plastic bags which will take effect July 1, 2015.  This makes the state of Hawaii the first to have statewide restrictions on plastic bags.

Plastic State of Mind inspires Flash Mob Down Under

August 30, 2011 by John | Comments Off on Plastic State of Mind inspires Flash Mob Down Under

While the song this video parodies, Empire State of Mind, may be getting a bit old, this video is still very relevant, and our blog just would not be complete without it.

Via BenZolno

It was commissioned by Green Sangha, and has become a viral hit.  More importantly, its been used as a  tool to teach and spread the word via a catchy tune, funny lyrics, and the networking effect of social media.  If it tickles and inspires you, maybe you can organize a flash mob, like these folks in the coastal town of Warrnambool, Australia: