The Problem with Plastics
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Covid-19 used by plastics industry to weaken environmental regulations:
No clear proof single-use bags are less likely to spread coronavirus:
Former EPA Regional Administrator in Newsweek for Earth Day 2020:
Mass Green Network: http://www.massgreen.org/
Plastic Pollution Coalition: https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/
Product Stewardship Institute: https://www.productstewardship.us/page/Packaging
Articles and Videos:
5 Reasons Why We’re Not Crazy About Compostable Food Ware (Natural Resources Council of Maine)
Chemical Recycling: It still needs time. Perhaps you've heard industry folks touting Chemical Recycling as the next savior, well, maybe not.
PSB/Frontline 54-minute show on Plastics Industry efforts to pretend consumer recycling is the answer, deflecting attention from Waste Reduction and what's really going on:
Webinar, 1.5 hours long, Excellent background on how recycling, as wonderful and necessary as it is, is used by industry to encourage consumers to solve problems that need a bigger fix that only industry can provide. Uses life cycle analysis to analyze a broad range of environmental impacts of various types of packaging and concludes Product Stewardship is necessary.
Very long article in Rolling Stone magazine. 2nd half points out what industry is up to, nice sounding names for industry-funded front groups, and some not-so-pretty strategies being employed:
NO TIME TO WASTE Tackling the plastic pollution crisis before it’s too late: 80 page report.
Greenfield residents adjusting to plastic bag ban with reusables. Katrina Kincade, WWLP interview with Peg Hall:
Plastics in the Air (and Oceans). 14 minute video: