Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Hot, Hip… and Green – by Rebecca Mayer

Face it – green is in. If you don’t believe me, check out this solar-powered bikini, now available by custom-order.  (Because we all want to lie around on the lawns of our apartment buildings to charge small electronics…) I was … Continue reading

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Deaf Fish?

An Ocean Acidification Update from Not funny at all: Clownfish will have to adapt to higher levels of acid to survive. (Photo: BrianMay/Creative Commons) Of all the threats to the planet’s ocean (climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing) none may … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Story of Cosmetics!

Can you believe that it’s been one year since the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released The Story of Cosmetics with our friends at The Story of Stuff Project? Since then, more than 775,000 people have watched the hard-hitting short video … Continue reading

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Portland bans disposable plastic bags By Meghan Kalkstein KATU News and Staff Published: Jul 21, 2011 at 6:16 PM PDT PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland city commissioners unanimously voted to ban disposable plastic bags that are found at the grocery … Continue reading

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Change Your Habits and Support Legislation to Protect Sea Turtles!

Trawls and Trash Represent One-Two Punch for Threatened Turtles – reposted from Scientific American Studies have identified plastic pollution and fishing practices as major threats to sea turtles for several years. This knowledge is, at last, beginning to translate into … Continue reading

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7 Mistakes People Make When Going GREEN – from

7 Mistakes People Make When Going GREEN Local businesses, big-box chains, national media, small-town shops…almost every market we interact with daily is pushing the “going green” slogan. But even the most educated greenie with the best intentions can miss the … Continue reading

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Fishing for Plastic? – from The Olive Press

Fishermen in Spain could be paid to catch plastic from THE OLIVE PRESS UNDER a trial scheme launched in France last month, fishermen are now being paid to trawl for the so-called ‘plastic poison’ that threatens sea life. The move … Continue reading

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Fish Ingesting Plastic Waste! – from the New York Times

Fish Ingesting Plastic Waste, Study Finds By BETTINA WASSENER More than 250 million tons of plastic is produced around the world each year. About seven million tons of it ends up in the world’s oceans, according to some estimates. Scripps … Continue reading

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Fast Food Garbage Makes up 50% of Litter (from

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aka the Pacific Gyre is roughly the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash, floating between Hawaii and San Francisco. About 80 percent of marine plastic pollution comes from the land. … Continue reading