Avoid buying plastic this Easter

Plastic Easter chick

Since Easter is just around the corner, all the Easter goodies are out on store shelves and next to the candy is a lot of plastic. Remember that plastic candy pooping snowman I wrote about after Christmas? Well, there’s also an Easter themed line of candy pooping critters. You can buy a yellow chick, a… [read more]

Recycle plastic, it’s worth it!

If you’ve been feeling lackluster about recycling lately, this graphic by OnlineEducation.net will spark you back into action! Creating plastic uses up tons of resources, so instead of making more new plastic, why not just reuse the plastic we already have? For this strategy to really work, everyone needs to chip in and do their… [read more]

California plastic bag ban didn’t happen

Photo credit: John S. Turner

Alas, the California State Legislature failed to get their act together and pass a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. AB 298 stalled in the State Senate Appropriations committee. I’m guessing most of you already figured this out because there hasn’t been any mention of a plastic bag ban in the news, but I still… [read more]

Help ban plastic bags in California!

Photo credit: material boy

Tomorrow (or today if you are reading this on Friday, August 31st) is the last day for California’s State Senate to approve a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. Please call your State Senator’s office and ask them to vote YES on AB 298 and make this happen! If the State Senate passes the bill… [read more]

Oceans of garbage means plastic for dinner

Here is another great infographic by mastersdegree.net, which seemed extremely appropriate to post after writing about the Risso’s dolphin that died from eating too many plastic bags. All the plastic entering our oceans is completely disrupting the food chain and it’s inevitable that we will be eating plastic too. This graphic does a nice job… [read more]

Risso’s dolphin: death by plastic bags

Photo credit: Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute / A. Frantzis

Here is another photo featuring plastic bags from a stomach, this time from the stomach of a Risso’s dolphin. Dr. Alexandros Frantzis, Scientific Director at the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute in Greece sent me this photo and provided this explanation: “The photo shows the large quantity and size (the meter-tape used as scale is 2… [read more]

Jump start your creativity and help save the oceans!

Jump start your creativity!

Game on! There’s a pretty cool contest going on that ocean fans, recycling nuts and crafty creatives should participate in: the Summer Sustainability Creativity Challenge! This contest is all about taking things destined for the trash or recycling bin and giving them a second life as art (functional or not). For inspiration, check out the… [read more]

Contents of a sperm whale’s stomach: squid parts and plastic

Photo credit: Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute / A. Frantzis

After I wrote about the sperm whale that died from eating 100 plastic bags, Dr. Alexandros Frantzis, Scientific Director at the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute in Greece sent me another photo of a sperm whale’s stomach contents. This photo shows the new normal for a sperm whale’s diet in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as described… [read more]

Sperm whale: death by 100 plastic bags

Photo credit: Pelagos Cetacean Research Insitute / A. Frantzis

Since my celebratory post last week on the City of Los Angeles plastic bag ban, this gruesome photo came to my attention. For those of you out there who still aren’t convinced that banning plastic bags is a good idea, then you must take a really good look at this photo of 100 plastic bags… [read more]