How PPC is Cleaning Up Microbead Pollution

Posted on Mar 27 2015 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
In the last few months, a nonprofit group called the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) has teamed up with environmental law firm Greenfire to go after some of the 3,000 plastic manufacturers in California that it says are violating stormwater permitting requirements, and therefore the Clean Water Act. A startling number of these facilities have not registered for permits at all – a violation...

Plastic Gyre Symposium Coincides with Likely Vote to Block Local Control of Single Use Plastics

Posted on Mar 25 2015 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
Georgia State University (GSU) and the David J. Sencer CDC Museum will play host to a national symposium to discuss the worldwide plastic pollution problem on March 26th and 27th. The symposium coincides with a debate and possible vote on SB 139, legislation that would block local governments from regulating “auxiliary containers,” such as plastic bags or Styrofoam takeout containers. “Nothing...

The 2015 Plastic Gyre Symposium

Posted on Mar 25 2015 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
PPC is proud to be one of the hosts of the 2015 Plastic Gyre Symposium at Georgia State University on March 26-27, 2015. The 2015 Welch Symposium, The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond is part of the Atlanta Science Festival, produced in an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution, and will feature a wide array of experts discussing the...

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...