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Media Coverage of Plastic Pollution

(Note: after years of largely being ignored by the mainstream media, suddenly (March 2018) plastic pollution is the environmentalist flavour of the month. We're trying to keep up.)

October 2019 - Study co-authored by Halifax biologist suggests cargo ships dumping plastic litter (National Observer)

October 2019 - https://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/china-import-ban-waste-global-recycling-crisis-cost/ (One Green Planet)
It really is time that the western industrialized world acted like adults and cleaned up after themselves instead of relying on others to pick up after them.

October 2019 - Backstory: Mapping the world's growing plastic mountain, one bottle at a time (Reuters)

October 2019 - Tire dust is a major source of microplastics in coastal waters (Autoblog)

October 2019 - Hundreds of thousands of plastic pellets washing up on B.C. shores: environmental group (CityNews Vancouver)

October 2019 - Industrial plastic pellets spilling into Fraser River, Salish Sea: environmental group (Global News)

October 2019 - In the War Against Plastic, America Is a Big Danger (Bloomberg)

October 2019 - Microplastics may affect how Arctic sea ice forms and melts (Arctic Today)

October 2019 - Chinese cargo vessels produce most plastic garbage floating in Atlantic ocean, study finds (The National Post)

October 2019 - 'Everywhere we looked': trillions of microplastics found in San Francisco bay (The Guardian)

October 2019 - Ocean Cleaning Device Starts Collecting Plastic in Pacific Ocean (Time)
Given that booms are not very effective at containing oil or small floating items in waves or windy conditions, I remain concerned that the amount of material which will escape this device puts the value of the millions of dollars invested so far into question.

October 2019 - The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Business Insider)
Note the article says the system is catching appreciable amounts of microplastics, which proves that a more effective device designed to capture microplastics could be deployed to good advantage on our oceans and large fresh water bodies.

September 2019 - Some tea bags may shed billions of microplastics per cup (CBC)

September 2019 - Here is a global solution to the plastic waste crisis - and A$443 million to get it started (The Conversation)

September 2019 - Microplastics may affect how Arctic sea ice forms and melts (The Conversation)

September 2019 - Stratford company doing it’s part to keep plastics out of landfills (Blackburn News)

September 2019 - Plastic bottle return scheme to 'put value back into recycling' (RNZ)

September 2019 - Over 1000 Kg Plastic Waste Found At Goa Beach During Cleanup Drive (NDTV)

September 2019 - McKenna declares war on plastic, opponents say climate policies have failed (CTV News)

September 2019 - The ocean's plastic problem is closer to home than scientists first thought (Phys.Org)

September 2019 - Plastic recycling: a guide to the myths and realities (The Guardian)

September 2019 - Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Becoming benthic (Phys.Org)

September 2019 - How can we keep takeout containers out of the trash? This restaurateur has a tasty idea (CBC)

September 2019 - Scaling back: graduate invents plastic alternative from fish waste (The Guardian)

September 2019 - Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint (Scientific American)

September 2019 - Most ambitious US law to tackle single-use plastics faces make-or-break moment (The Guardian)

September 2019 - Citizen science could help address Canada’s plastic pollution problem (The Conversation)

September 2019 - Drowning in plastic (Reuters)

September 2019 - Coquitlam Styrofoam recycler blames Metro Van for closure (TriCity News)

September 2019 - Why Can’t Coffee Cups Be Recycled? These Photos Show The Real Reason (HuffPost Canada)

August 2019 - Americans consume some 70,000 microplastic particles a year (Science News for Students)
From the abstract of the paper in Environmental Science and Technology:
Microplastics are ubiquitous across ecosystems, yet the exposure risk to humans is unresolved. Focusing on the American diet, we evaluated the number of microplastic particles in commonly consumed foods in relation to their recommended daily intake. The potential for microplastic inhalation and how the source of drinking water may affect microplastic consumption were also explored. Our analysis used 402 data points from 26 studies, which represents over 3600 processed samples. Evaluating approximately 15% of Americans’ caloric intake, we estimate that annual microplastics consumption ranges from 39000 to 52000 particles depending on age and sex. These estimates increase to 74000 and 121000 when inhalation is considered. Additionally, individuals who meet their recommended water intake through only bottled sources may be ingesting an additional 90000 microplastics annually, compared to 4000 microplastics for those who consume only tap water. These estimates are subject to large amounts of variation; however, given methodological and data limitations, these values are likely underestimates.

August 2019 - How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage (National Geographic)

August 2019 - Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of (Quartz)

August 2019 - 'Extreme' amount of microplastics discovered in the North Atlantic (CNN - 4 minute video)

August 2019 - Arctic sea ice loaded with microplastics (Phys.org)

August 2019 - The Demand for Luxury Shellfish is Polluting the Ocean with Plastic (The Conversation)

August 2019 - It's raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains (The Guardian)

August 2019 - 'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish? (The Guardian)

August 2019 - Recycling industry calls for dollars and action after decision to end exports (The Guardian)

August 2019 - From dumpster to diesel: How a pilot project in Whitby is turning plastic waste into fuel (CBC)

August 2019 - "I don't believe we're going to clean up the oceans" says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch (Dezeen)

August 2019 - B.C. Ferries sends robot submarine to find plastic pollution from cable ferry (Vancouver Sun)

August 2019 - Avoiding Plastic Is Hard. Here's How 9 People Aim For Progress, Not Perfection (mbgplanet)

August 2019 - New Concerns Raised by Opponents Delay Wanhua’s $1.25 Billion Plastic Complex in Louisiana (DESMOG)

August 2019 - Patagonia's Latest Black Hole Bags Were Made from Recycling 10 Million Plastic Bottles (HypeBeast)

August 2019 - Freshwater is getting neglected when it comes to plastic pollution research (Environmental Health News)

August 2019 - Freshwater is getting neglected when it comes to plastic pollution research (Environmental Health News)

July 2019 - Paddling in plastic: meet the man swimming the Pacific garbage patch (The Guardian)

July 2019 - Less Trash, More Schools — One Plastic Brick at a Time (New York Times)

July 2019 - Award for teen Titan who may rid sea of microplastics (Irish Examiner)

July 2019 - Waste Only - How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World (The Intercept)

July 2019 - As plastics foul the world’s oceans, world leaders struggle over how to respond (Washington Post)

July 2019 - Burnside parking lot partially paved with plastic (CBC News)

July 2019 - Plastics recycler frustrated by government disinterest (Brockville Recorder & Times)

July 2019 - City of Brandon stops recycling a certain type of plastic (Global News)

July 2019 - The Plastics Backlash has Some Oil Giants Worried (Rigzone)

July 2019 - This Hurricane Proof House Made From 612,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Can Withstand 326 MPH Winds (Gizmodo)

July 2019 - Are washing machines to blame for Auckland's microplastic scourge? (New Zealand Herald)

July 2019 - Micro-plastics are entering the human body and are dangerous to human health (FirstPost)

July 2019 - A plastic-free cup could solve the coffee industry's waste problem (National Observer)

July 2019 - Japan faces an uphill battle to reduce plastic consumption (Japan Times)

July 2019 - How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic (Wired)

July 2019 - US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries. (The Guardian)

July 2019 - P.E.I. becomes the first province to ban plastic bags (CTV News)

July 2019 - https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/02/greek-fishermen-paid-to-collect-rubbish-caught-from-the-sea-for-recycling (Euro News)

July 2019 - Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Pacific -- and it barely made a dent (CNN)

July 2019 - Drowning in a sea of plastic (Bangkok Post)

June 2019 - Microplastic pollution and wet wipe ‘reefs’ are changing the River Thames ecosystem (The Conversation)

June 2019 - Provinces agree on national zero plastic waste plan (The Star)
This isn't a plan. It's a fantasy wish list, and an incomplete list of action items. Already 3 provinces have expressed oppostion to even this sketch of a framework. So, contrary to the headline; not a plan and the provinces don't agree.

June 2019 - Bird spotted feeding chick cigarette butt in 'heartbreaking' image (The Mirror)
Most cigarette filters are made primarily of cellulose acetate - a plastic - so essentially indestructible in the environment.

June 2019 - ‘Red carpet of pollution’ laid out for environment ministers’ meetings in Halifax (Global News)

June 2019 - This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles (CBC News)

June 2019 - P.E.I. businesses getting ready to switch out plastic bags (CBC News)

June 2019 - Japan, a Big Plastic User, Fights Waste Ahead of the G-20 Summit (Time)

June 2019 - Plastic waste is choking India: Monetary incentives to waste pickers and an environmental tax on plastics can stem the problem (The Times of India)

June 2019 - Marine biologist offers Montreal festivals an alternative to single-use water bottles (CBC News)

June 2019 - These corals choose to eat plastic over food (National Geographic)

June 2019 - Plastic trash is evolving into new types of rocks (Weather Network)

June 2019 - The North Face and National Geographic are making clothes from plastic water bottles (Treehugger)

June 2019 - Ocean Voyages Institute Removes 40 Tons of Plastic, including5-Ton Ghost Net (Ocean Voyages Institute)

June 2019 - Never gonna give you up: how plastic seduced America (The Guardian)

June 2019 - Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again (The Guardian)

June 2019 - This giant vacuum is designed to suck up plastic from the beach (Fast Company)

June 2019 - How plastic pollution is contributing to climate change (Weather Network)

June 2019 - 7 ways for cities to slash plastic pollution (GreenBiz)

June 2019 - Plastic waste as a resource, how design can shape intelligent (re)use (Lifegate)

June 2019 - Trash Printer Directly Uses Recycled Plastics (Hackaday)

June 2019 - River Mersey is more polluted than the 'great Pacific garbage patch' as study shows every river in the UK contains microplastic (Daily Mail)

June 2019 - Plastic waste swamping UK rivers, with one waterway more polluted than Great Pacific Garbage Patch, report says (The Independent)

June 2019 - We know plastic is harming our oceans… but what is it doing to our health? (The Telegraph)

June 2019 - Reimagining Plastic: Turning Waste into Products (Aljazeera)

June 2019 - Plastic pollution and the climate crisis are symptoms of the same disease (CBC News)

June 2019 - Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret ? (The Guardian)

June 2019 - Is that my plastic bag in the Mariana Trench? (Maclean's)

June 2019 - Expanding bottle deposits would divert 118,000 tonnes from Ontario landfills, study says (The Star)

June 2019 - A simple online system that could end plastic pollution (BBC)

June 2019 - How Plastic Bottles Are Paying For School In Nigeria (NDTV)

June 2019 - The massive plastic-cleaning device in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch probably won't hurt sea creatures — but there's still a big problem to sort out (Business Insider)

June 2019 - Average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, report finds (The Telegraph)

June 2019 - As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home (GreenBiz)

June 2019 - The world's plastic pollution crisis explained (National Geographic)

June 2019 - Fines, jail time and education: How other nations deal with plastic waste (The Star - Vancouver)

June 2019 - Mediterranean plastic pollution hotspots highlighted in report (BBC News)

June 2019 - More plastic pollution is swirling in the deep ocean than in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a new study has found (Business Insider)

June 2019 - We Were Missing Most of the Plastic in the Ocean (The Atlantic)

June 2019 - Here’s how much plastic you might be eating every day (Global News)

June 2019 - NREL scientists have a plan to fight ocean plastic: Upcycle it into something valuable (Colorado Sun)

June 2019 - People eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year, study finds (The Gurardian)

June 2019 - Plastic producers urged to take responsibility for "nurdle" pollution (New Scientist)

June 2019 - The Backlash to Plastic Has Oil Companies Worried (Bloomberg)

June 2019 - Improving Canada's recycling output will take 'radical changes': report (CTV News)

June 2019 - Scary Facts About Plastic Pollution That'll Make You Rethink Your Habits (India Times)

June 2019 - Elise Stolte: Recycling as we know it failed. Edmonton seeks new approach before reinvesting (Edmonton Journal)

June 2019 - Plastic pollution in Severn estuary a 'crying shame' (BBC News)

June 2019 - Research group finds way to turn plastic waste products into jet fuel (Phys.Org)

June 2019 - Plastic industry major economic driver in Canada — far greater than recycling: report (Global News)

June 2019 - Parley for the Oceans finds large amount of plastic along prime city beach (CBC)

June 2019 - Plastic bags will now be accepted at New Brunswick redemption centres (CBC)

June 2019 - Moncton moves to restrict distribution of single-use plastic bags (CBC)

June 2019 - Poland Spring to use 100% recycled plastic for bottles (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

June 2019 - Wooden beer bottles and paper straws -- Japan shifts from plastic (Nikkei Asian Review)

June 2019 - New styrofoam densifier introduces new way to recycle (Blackburn News)

May 2019 - Good Job, Humans: Bees Are Making Nests Entirely Out of Plastic (Vice)

May 2019 - Plastic poisons ocean bacteria propping up the marine food chain (Phys.Org)

May 2019 - What Adidas and Parley are doing for the oceans (TreeHugger)

May 2019 - Ford recycles 1.2 billion plastic bottles a year for auto parts (CNBC)

May 2019 - We're All Recycling Wrong, So Companies Are Finally Trying To Make It Easier (Huffington Post)
Yes, we have used Trex plastic composite deck boards, and are very pleased with them.

May 2019 - ‘Can we save recycling?’ (News Tribune)

May 2019 - This reusable mug is made from recycled coffee cups (Fast Company)

May 2019 - New Indiana plant could have your trucks and tractors running on plastic bottles, bags and toys (Indianapolis Star)

May 2019 - Disposable plastic banned from 2021 (The Portugal News)

May 2019 - Sperm counts are on the decline – could plastics be to blame? (The Guardian)

May 2019 - A Norwegian Tech Company Is Solving the Plastic Recycling Crisis (Barron's)

May 2019 - Students Invent Bacteria That Eat Plastic From The Oceans And Turn It Into Water (Blogspot)

May 2019 - Humanity Is Drowning in Plastic (Jacobin)

May 2019 - B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed (Jacobin)

May 2019 - City's recycling cost to increase after too much 'crap' put into bins (Winnipeg Free Press)

May 2019 - Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate (CIEL)

May 2019 - Plastic Pollution Harms Ocean Bacteria That Produce 10 Percent of Earth's Oxygen (EcoWatch)

May 2019 - 414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean (The Guardian)

May 2019 - Producers could soon foot the bill for recycling costs in Ontario (Kitchener Today)

May 2019 - Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejected: Why Canada’s recycling industry is in crisis mode (Globe & Mail)

May 2019 - These Three Plastic Recycling Myths Will Blow Your Mind (Forbes)

May 2019 - The hidden army of volunteers putting Britain's politicians to shame by recycling the rubbish councils send straight to landfill (The Independent)

May 2019 - City of Calgary considers municipal role on single-use plastics (Global News)

May 2019 - Greenpeace Slams Tim Hortons' New Recyclable Coffee Lids (Vice)

May 2019 - Tiny towns on B.C.'s West Coast may be first in province to ban plastic straws (CTV)

May 2019 - IKEA Canada has officially phased out all single-use plastic straws (Daily Hive)

May 2019 - Increasing deposit fees may not be answer to improving recycling; Return-it CEO (CityNews 1130)
Curiously, the article content doesn't actually support the headline.

April 2019 - Aspergillus tubingensis: a bio-remediation of Plastic (Technology Times)

April 2019 - Niagara-On-The-Lake councillor to broach plastic waste issue (Niagara Falls Review)

April 2019 - Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s (BBC)

April 2019 - Activists Deliver Giant Trash Monsters to Nestlé Headquarters to Protest Plastic Pollution (Gizmodo)

April 2019 - Sea sick: Plastic garbage in the North Atlantic Ocean skyrocketing (USA Today)

April 2019 - What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean? (Phys.org)

April 2019 - There’s no ‘garbage patch’ in the Southern Indian Ocean, so where does all the rubbish go? (The Conversation)

April 2019 - Morgan Stanley Seeks to Finance Global Cleanup of Plastic Trash (Bloomberg)

April 2019 - Alarm as study shows how microplastics are blown across the world (The Guardian)

April 2019 - Microplastics are being glued together in the ocean by bacteria making them big enough to see with the naked eye, scientists find (The Telegraph)

April 2019 - B.C.'s Maritime Museum highlights shame of Great Pacific Garbage Patch (CBC)

April 2019 - Chevron Phillips to report plastic pellet spills, shareholder says (Houston Chronicle)

April 2019 - Drinks bottles now biggest plastic menace for waterways – report (The Guardian)

April 2019 - Plastic patrol: 'You name it, I've seen it' (BBC)

April 2019 - After China's import ban, where to with the world's waste? (DW)

April 2019 - After China's import ban, where to with the world's waste? (DW)

April 2019 - Can plastic made from seaweed solve ocean pollution? (CTV News)

April 2019 - The massive ocean-cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old broke down in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Business Insider)

March 2019 - Scientists found microplastics inside creatures from the deepest parts of the ocean (Business Insider)

March 2019 - 'Just bag after bag after bag': 40 kg of plastic found in dead whale's stomach (CBC)

March 2019 - As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling (New York Times)

March 2019 - These 4 companies produce 6 million tons of plastic every year (CBS News)

March 2019 - Piling Up: How China’s Ban on Importing Waste Has Stalled Global Recycling (Yale E360)

March 2019 - EXCLUSIVE: Dump the habit of plastics (The Nation)

February 2019 - Plastic is toxic at every stage of its life cycle (treehugger)

February 2019 - Gomi portable speakers are made from non-recyclable plastic waste (dezeen)

February 2019 - Five Melbourne councils forced to dump recycling in landfill as Victoria crisis deepens (The Guardian)

February 2019 - Quebec municipal leaders want deposit-return system expanded to wine and water bottles (Montreal Gazette)

February 2019 - A Crowdfunded Idea to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now a $35-Million Nonprofit. Scientists Still Don't Think It'll Work (Gizmodo)

February 2019 - Millions of tons of plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products (Phys.Org)

February 2019 - Scientists Turn Plastic Waste Into Useful Products (Interesting Engineering)

February 2019 - Colchester County's plastic-lumber maker thrives on recycled grocery bags (The Chronicle Herald)

February 2019 - The major source of ocean plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of (The Conversation)

February 2019 - Microplastics found in every marine mammal surveyed in UK study (The Guardian)

February 2019 - Islanders tackle plastic waste problem in 'Waves of Change' public forum (CBC)

February 2019 - Our Big Microplastic Survey is helping people do something about plastic pollution (The Conversation)

February 2019 - From paradise to landfill: beloved California beach covered in trash (The Guardian)

February 2019 - A Grand Plan to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (The New Yorker)

January 2019 - Greenpeace ships are setting sail to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis

January 2019 - Here’s what happens to our plastic recycling when it goes offshore (The Conversation (Australia)

January 2019 - EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants (The Guardian)

January 2019 - Walmart commits to reducing plastic waste (Canadian Grocer)

January 2019 - 'We Can't Recycle Our Way Out of This Problem': Ben & Jerry's Bans Single-Use Plastics (EcoWatch)

January 2019 - 'Zero-waste' Loop delivers Coke and Häagen-Dazs in reusable packaging (Engadget)

January 2019 - Is there any point in recycling? (The Conversation)

January 2019 - Microplastics Discovered in Key Drinking Water Source (Gizmodo)

January 2019 - Samsung ditches plastic packaging for more sustainable materials (GSM Arena)

January 2019 - Microplastics in Arctic sea ice should concern everybody (Arctic Today)

January 2019 - Environmental group takes on single-use plastics in Lunenburg (CBC)

January 2019 - WWF International's director-generaI: If you’re recycling plastic, you’re fooling yourself (Yahoo! Finance)

January 2019 - CBRM storing 300 tonnes of film plastic one year after China’s import ban (Cape Breton Post)

January 2019 - Big Plastic Trash Plan Is Just a Drop in the Polluted Ocean (Bloomberg)

January 2019 - Experts warned this floating garbage collector wouldn’t work. The ocean proved them right. (Washington Post)

January 2019 - A running list of action on plastic pollution (National Geographic)

January 2019 - Malaysia is floundering in a sea of American plastic (treehugger)

December 2018 - The Ocean Cleanup Experiences Structural Malfunction (The Maritime Executive)

December 2018 - Great Pacific garbage patch $20m cleanup fails to collect plastic (The Guardian)

December 2018 - Plastic pollution discovered at deepest point of ocean (The Guardian)

December 2018 - The massive ocean cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old is running into problems in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Business Insider)

December 2018 - B.C. MP celebrates 'tremendous' victory as plastics pollution motion passes House (CBC)

December 2018 - Microplastics are hurting snails' ability to evade predators (Treehugger)

December 2018 - Plastic in the Ocean: Billions of Microplastic Nanoparticles Found in Scallop Intestines in Just Hours (Newsweek)

December 2018 - Microplastics found in guts of every species of sea turtle across world (Independent)

November 2018 - Environment and Climate Change Canada – Plastics Challenge – Construction Waste (Carleton University)

October 2018 - In a first, microplastics found in human poop (The Telegraph)

October 2018 - Paradise lost: The Caribbean island drowning in waste and the painstaking battle to clean it up (National Geographic)

October 2018 - Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada's top plastic polluters (CBC News)

October 2018 - Plastic Waste in the World's Oceans Could Double by 2030 (Bloomberg)

September 2018 - Halifax G7 meeting to promote ocean plastics charter: McKenna

September 2018 - How 'greener' plastic packaging became a problem — and how to fix it (CBC News)

September 2018 - The world may be entering the 'plastic age' because of level of waste, leading academic warns (The Telegraph)

September 2018 - Shocking Sea of Plastic and Styrofoam Captured in Pictures from Caribbean

September 2018 - A Running List of Action on Plastic Pollution (National Geographic)

September 2018 - A 600-metre-long plastic catcher heads to sea (National Observer)

August 2018 - Arctic Council eyes action plan to reduce Arctic marine litter, microplastics (Arctic Today)

August 2018 - How flushed contact lenses add to microplastic pollution in waterways (CBC News)

August 2018 - American Beauties

August 2018 - Tons of plastic trash enter the Great Lakes every year – where does it go? (The Conversation)

August 2018 - Everyday plastics quietly pollute the air as they degrade: study (Global News)

August 2018 - Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste (BBC News)

July 2018 - All-you-can-eat landfill buffet spells trouble for birds (The Conversation)

July 2018 - The Latest: San Francisco bans plastic straws, stirrers (Associated Press)

July 2018 - Why you shouldn’t be a ‘straw-man’ environmentalist (The Conversation)

July 2018 - Plastic Pollution: The Search for a Sustainable Solution

July 2018 - Federal agency partners with plastic-zapping microwave company from Montreal (National Observer)

July 2018 - New Zealand the most perilous place for seabirds due to plastic pollution (The Guardian)

July 2018 - Starbucks says it will replace plastic straws in stores globally with ones made from other materials by 2020 (CBC News)

July 2018 - How to clean up our universal plastic tragedy (The Conversation)

July 2018 - Stop Sucking, And Help Save Our Planet (Huffington Post)

July 2018 - Swiss Chalet, Harvey's parent Recipe Unlimited to phase out plastic straws at its 19 brands by 2019 (Financial Post)

July 2018 - More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution (Scientific American blog)

July 2018 - Humans, fish and other animals are consuming microfibers in our food and water

July 2018 - Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

June 2018 - Here’s Something to Think About the Next Time You Grab a Plastic Straw (Mother Jones article)

May 2018 - A&W Canada first restaurant chain in North America to eliminate plastic straws (Newswire media release)

April 2018 - The Last Straw Initiative (Toronto)

April 2018 - Beyond our oceans: Microplastics pollute rivers and lakes too (The Conversation)

April 2018 - Arctic sea ice jammed with plastics from Pacific garbage patch (CBC News)

April 2018 - Plastic pollution: Arctic sea ice contains huge quantity of microplastics, reveals new analysis (The Independent)

April 2018 - Piloting a Plastics Pollution Revolution

April 2018 - Why products marked 'recyclable' sometimes aren't (CBC News)

Plastic Resin Idenification Codes Resin identification codes, which resemble the recycling symbol, are used only to differentiate between types of plastics; they are not meant to communicate an environmental claim. (Alberta Plastics Recycling Association)

April 2018 - 'We need to rethink the entire plastics industry': Why banning plastic straws isn't enough (CBC News)

April 2018 - Growing Concern over Plastic Pollution in Rivers and Lakes (Maritime Executive)

April 2018 - Plastic Menace: Millions of Pounds Pollute Great Lakes (2 minute video - NBC News))

April 2018 - (Solid Waste Association of North America) SWANA to Focus on Plastic Reduction, Recycling

April 2018 - The battle to ban plastic bags (Phys.org)

April 2018 - Plastic debris found in tap water, beer, and sea salt (Treehugger)

April 2018 - Are You Drinking Plastic (CBC Marketplace) (video 23 minutes)

April 2018 - Microplastics Litter the Ocean, but What about Freshwater and Land? (LabManager e-magazine article)

April 2018 - Study Determines the Presence of Microplastic Particles in Organic Fertilizers (AZoCleantech e-magazine article)

April 2018 - Microplastics: Every Meal You Eat May Contain More Than 100 Pieces of Plastic, New Study Finds (Newsweek e-magazine article and video 2.5 minutes)

March 2018 - Tackling microplastic pollution in Europe's rivers (Euronews on-line article)

March 2018 - Microplastic pollution in world’s oceans poses major threat to filter-feeding megafauna (MongaBay on-line article)

March 2018 - WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water (The Guardian on-line article)

March 2018 - Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists (The Guardian on-line article)

March 2018 - Canada to push for ambitious ‘plastics charter’ at G7, Environment Minister McKenna says

March 2018 - Krill can digest ocean plastics: 'That is certainly not good news at all'

February 2018 - An international plastics treaty could avert a “Silent Spring” for our seas

January 2018 - Ten ‘stealth microplastics’ to avoid if you want to save the oceans (The Conversation)

January 2018 - [Link has bit-rotted: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Press-Center/2018/Canada-will-push-G7-partners-to-sign--no-plastics-pledge-to-save-the-oceans/] Canada will push G7 partners to sign no plastics pledge to save the oceans

December 2017 - UN resolves to end ocean plastic waste

November 2017 - The future of plastics: reusing the bad and encouraging the good

November 2017 - 'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem

July 2017 - Plastic Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific

June 2017 - Plastic Pollutants Pervade Water and Land

May 2017 - The Ocean Is Filling Up With 'Plastic Smog'

May 2017 - How an Uninhabited Island Got the World’s Highest Density of Trash

May 2017 - Plastic paradise: The shocking extent of ocean waste

February 2017 - From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

December 2016 - Plastic Island: How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard

October 2016 - 'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows

October 2016 - Plastics Marine Litter and the Circular Economy

December 2015 - An Investment Opportunity In Trash

February 2015 - How much are we trashing our oceans?

January 2015 - Ocean Trash: 5.25 Trillion Pieces and Counting, but Big Questions Remain

June 2014 - Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual damage to marine ecosystems, says UN agency

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