The State of California Bans the Plastic Bag

Posted on Sep 30 2014 by Tracy Russo
After an insistent year-long campaign by environmental and citizen activists, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law yesterday SB 270, legislation introduced by State Senator Alex Padilla (D) from Los Angeles. The legislation prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores throughout the state of California, the first state in the nation to do so. The bill actually goes beyond...

Plastic Pollution Coalition Announces New Leadership

Posted on Jul 09 2014 by Jane Patton
Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) is pleased to announce that Dianna Cohen has assumed the position of CEO of PPC effective June 27, 2014. As one of PPC’s four original Co-Founders and PPC’s former Creative Advocacy Director, Dianna has spearheaded critical aspects of building the organization and movement to end the devastating impacts of plastic pollution since its inception.   Through...

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.

Let me tell you about a Refill Revolution!

Posted on Jun 10 2014 by Jane Patton
Plastic Pollution Coalition is proud to announce the second year of our partnership with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. This year, PPC and ‘Roo have teamed with Steelys Drinkware for a full-on Refill Revolution! We will also be featuring once again the Plastic Free Touring initiative, born out of our love for and our involvement with the music community. We encourage touring performers...

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...

A Stop on the Ocean Highway

Posted on Feb 14 2014 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
The word “plastic” hovered around every square foot of airspace at the Anchorage  Museum, bouncing off the walls, floating up the stairwells, as hundreds of people arrived for the opening of GYRE: The Plastic Ocean. GYRE is the culmination of a unique collaboration of marine scientists and eco-activist artists. Artwork from Chris Jordan at Gyre The “expedition-to-exhibition” project took...

Plastic Pollution Message Goes Mainstream

Posted on Feb 13 2014 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
What is the common thread between Plastic Pollution Coalition, Method, Sea Shepherd, D-Grade Clothing and Patagonia? The answer is simple: a shared focus on plastic pollution, and a commitment to innovative approaches. Method’s plastic bottles made from recovered ocean plastic are well known and can be found in grocery stores in the United States. In 1993, Patagonia began to sell clothing items...