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...

Rio+20: Plasticity Forum

Posted on Jun 23 2012 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Plasticity forum is a full one-day conference within Rio+20, designed to inspire, excite, and help move the world to follow the innovative leaders who use plastic in new ways, with new solutions, helping to reduce the impact that plastic has on our environment if full life-cycle options are not implemented. The forum showcased solutions to the issues of plastic waste in our environment, including...

Rio+20: UNEP Marine Litter Side Event

Posted on Jun 18 2012 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Today we attended UNEP’s event titled “Marine Litter: Preventing Our Oceans From Becoming Dumps”. The event was organized by UNEP’s GPA, i.e. “Global Programme for Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from land-Based Activities“. The key speakers were Jane Lubchenko – replaced by an senior official in NOAA; Doug Woodring – Co-founder...

Rio+20: PPC in the house!

Posted on Jun 15 2012 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Writing from Rio, Dianna Cohen and Daniella Russo. Upon arrival at Rio airport, we are greeted by a massive installation of bromeliads made of plastic, spoons and bottles! Is that a special treat for us? Rio is every bit as colorful as we imagined, and all delegates for the conference are treated with great attention and care. For which we are deeply grateful after an almost 15-hr journey. Our first...

A Wave of Plastic Washes Over Costa Rica

Posted on May 04 2012 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
A gigantic art installation downtown San Jose, Costa Rica raises awareness about the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution. The installation is called La Ola Plastica (‘The Plastic Wave”) and will be officially unveiled onTuesday 8th of May by the City Mayor, Mr. Johnny Araya, and Ms. Daniella Russo, our Executive Director. Preserve Planet, a local NGO and regional partner of Plastic...

Why BPA should be banned

Posted on Apr 03 2012 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Want to lose weight, reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer, and ward off diabetes? Start by putting down that soda and skipping the canned soup during your next supermarket visit. These products and health concerns might seem like they have nothing in common, but they’re all united by a single chemical compound that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shamefully failed to ban from food...

UAE Visit Day Three: A Day With the “Green Sheikh”, Abdul Aziz Bin Ali Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi

Posted on Feb 23 2012 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Our day starts with a visit to the CVR Laboratory with the Ministry of Environment and Water.  In 2009 this lab produced the first report about the toxic impacts of plastic pollution on camels and other desert animals.  On display are large panels describing plastic pollution and how it affects the most iconic animals of this part of the world.  It is truly inspiring to meet the staff, as passionate...

PPC and Plastic Oceans Foundation to Collaborate

Posted on Jul 21 2011 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
We are pleased to announce that Plastic Pollution Coalition is collaborating with the Plastic Oceans Foundation in the production and release of a major film about plastic pollution in the environment, particularly the oceans. The film will be a powerful tool for raising global awareness of the environmental and health impacts of plastic pollution, especially how it has entered our food chain. Plastic...

Plastic Pollution, not Marine Debris!

Posted on Mar 27 2011 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Notes from Daniella’s talk at 5IMDC on March 24, 2011, Honolulu. Hawaii. Friends, Welcome to Hogwarts. These rooms are full of witches and wizards of enormous powers, vision and ability to change the world. Some of the leading experts on ocean health are here this week. Policy-makers, scientists, people gifted with enormous powers to transform our world. Yet, we all whisper the name, but remain...

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch Is the Beginning

Posted on Nov 08 2010 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Just one day after the conclusion of TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch, the mailbox at Plastic Pollution Coalition is overflowing with messages of hope and determination to end plastic pollution. We have received overwhelming support for the challenges to individuals,  plastic manufacturers and policy makers. “Lets all REFUSE disposable plastic”, “We have only one planet, we must come...