July 31, 2013
by Peggy
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Harry Potter and the Magic of Perspective (or How to Make Plastic Pollution Disappear)

Recently my 8 year-old daughter has been swept up in the Harry Potter novels, like her brother before her.  Seemingly over night, she’s been transformed into a speed reader, scarcely able to put down The Deathly Hallows.  J.K. Rowling’s captivating … Continue reading

March 12, 2013
by Peggy
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Coke’s Motto: No Deposit, No Refill

Not so long ago I was picking up roadside trash, appalled at the number of bottles and cans I found along a short stretch of suburban asphalt.  255 bottle and cans to be exact. Among them, one stood out to … Continue reading

December 5, 2012
by Peggy
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Virginia needs a container deposit law

I live in Charlottesville. It’s a beautiful part of central Virginia, but the state doesn’t have a container deposit system in place. Having lived in states where they do have deposits, let me tell you: you notice the difference right … Continue reading

August 23, 2012
by Peggy
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Know Your Plastics: #1 PET

Plastic #1.  PET or PETE, sometimes now also rPET (containing some recycled content) is short for Polyethylene Terephthalate.  Most plastic soda and water bottles are made of PET, as are many food containers.  Although ten U.S. states have bottle deposit … 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

 

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/2012-data-release.html