PPC Partners with Drifters Project, Plastic Free Island

Posted on Jun 28 2014 by Jane Patton
2014 brings a collaboration between the Plastic Pollution Coalition and the Drifter’s Project in their work on Kefalonia, Greece! For Plastic Free Island, the two groups will be creating a template of social & artistic engagement. We are creating a international team of 40 students from Greece, Australia and the US to: engage the local communities in plastic reduction study forensic evidence...

Glastonbury Music Festival moves toward a #RefillRevolution

Posted on Jun 27 2014 by Jane Patton
Glastonbury Music Festival recently announced their intentions to target plastic bottles in a move toward a more sustainable festival for 2015. According to The Guardian, Lucy Smith, Glastonbury’s green issues organizer, said: “We have amazing water quality in the UK but everyone is obsessed with drinking bottled water.” She said the initiative precedes a plan for Glastonbury 2015...

Peter Benchley Ocean Awards names 2014 Ocean Heroes

Posted on Jun 27 2014 by Jane Patton
On May 30, the Blue Frontier Campaign awarded seven leaders in ocean stewardship, policy, science, media, exploration, and youth engagement with “Ocean Hero” designations, honoring them for their dedication to studying and cleaning the world’s oceans. PPC’s own Daniella Russo presented the “Hero of the Seas” award to Capt. Charles Moore from the Algalita Marine...

Washington, DC bans foam food containers

Posted on Jun 27 2014 by Jane Patton
District of Columbia councilmembers voted on Tuesday, June 24th to ban plastic-foam food and drink containers in the district by January 1, 2016. Further, food and beverage outlets would be required to offer only compostable or recyclable containers by 2018. Read more at The Washington Post.

Toxic Plastic: The Real Battle

Posted on Mar 10 2014 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
This month, the toxic effect of plastic is major news. Mother Jones, in an excellent and well-researched article, The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics … And the Big Tobacco-Style Campaign to Bury It concluded that: ”evidence is mounting that the products so prevalent in our daily lives may be leaching toxic chemicals into our bodies, with consequences affecting not just us, but many generations...

UNEP Global Land Connections Conference Notes

Posted on Oct 11 2013 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
I just returned from the Second Global Conference on Land – Ocean Connections (GLOC-2) took place October 2- 4, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Government of Jamaica, this was the second conference of  its kind. The third one will take place in Brazil in 2015. The conference was set up as a partnership forum for the three Global Partnerships...

The 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Day

Posted on Sep 21 2013 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
All day long, images of trashed beaches kept pouring in. Plastic dominates each and every image. We asked people, “What did you learn from the coastal cleanup day?” And all the way from El Salvador, coalition member VIVAZUL answered, “That is is easier to refuse plastic than to collect it”. Beth Terry, the tireless champion of plastic-free living, sent us this image from James...

Plastic Free Times Seeks Regional Contributors

Posted on Sep 18 2013 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
Our online media portal Plastic Free Times is growing fast and we are looking for regular and timely updates of worldwide events and news about plastic pollution. Regional Editors The ability to contribute at least two articles per week that are specific to the editor’s region of the world, including local actions against plastic, projects, and legislation. Articles should be approximately 300-400...

Plastic pollution dominates news in Panama

Posted on Sep 04 2013 by Michaelanne Petrella
We’re making major waves in Panama. The topic of plastic pollution is dominating  news in Panama City right now. We’re sharing information about the issues surrounding single-use and disposable plastic including health issues, environmental issues, and related socio-economic issues. We’re so excited to have such support and momentum there, and are energized for our next Central...

Plastics In Our Estuaries and In the Ocean : The Problem and The Solutions

Posted on Aug 29 2013 by Michaelanne Petrella
  Plastics In Our Estuaries and In the Ocean: The Problem and The Solutions Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | 5:30 to 8:30 pm Bay Theater at Aquarium of the Bay, PIER 39 Tickets $10 Program: Why is everyone talking about plastics and marine debris these days? As one of the greenest cities in America, the state of the ocean reigns as a trending topic in San Francisco. Take part in this growing conversation...