We Can Send a Man to the Moon, But Can't Invent a Green Credit Card!?

You just received your new credit card, and have to destroy the old one. Good luck, the darned things are seemingly indestructible. Better have industrial-sized scissors. Too bad these are not recyclable; I just learned this after having dropped them in the recycling bin for years. If you think about it, of course they aren't recyclable. After all, they have the magnetic strip and the hologram, neither of which are good for the environment....more

Plastic Bags: Ban Them, Tax Them, or Knit Fake Plastic Fish?

Plastic grocery bags. How many of us have a bag (or more) full, stashed in a closet or under the kitchen sink, meaning to reuse them someday? And how many of us have accumulated a wealth of reusable bags that we intend to take with us shopping but somehow always manage to forget? ...more
A public campaign to make using disposable bags as socially unacceptable as smoking might work. ...more

The Joy of Being a Green Kid

On November 8, 1988, I sat in the Hawk ‘n’ Dove bar on Capitol Hill drinking beer with my fellow Clean Water Action canvassers and watching the presidential election returns. I was 23 years old. As the night wore on, and it became apparent that nothing less than a miracle could save Michael Dukakis from losing to George H.W. Bush, a group of loud, big-haired yuppies (it was still the 80’s after all) cheered at the table next to us. One woman in a ruffled dress with big shoulder pads glanced over at our tie-dyed shirts and dismal faces and shouted over the din, “I used to be idealistic like you guys. I voted Democrat and thought I could change the world. But when you get older, you realize that it’s just not practical. You’ll want to keep your money. And then you’ll vote for the conservative guy. You’ll see.” ...more

Artists Learning Lessons From Their Own Plastic Art

Where should fake plastic fish live? In a Plastiquarium, of course! Since creating my blog, Fake Plastic Fish, about plastic pollution, I've had the privilege of interviewing a growing segment of artists working in plastic to bring awareness to issues of plastic pollution, waste, and consumer culture. Here are a few gems I've discovered. ...more

Glad you like the art because I'll be asking my readers to contribute to a new art project very ...more

It's Not Just the Albatross We Should Worry About: My Cat Eats Plastic

Many of you have seen Chris Jordan’s recent heartbreaking photos of dead albatross chicks on Midway Atoll with bellies full of plastic. And perhaps you have seen, or at least heard how sea turtles eat plastic, mistaking it for the jelly fish upon which they usually dine. Most recently, beached whales have been found with plastic in their bellies. People see these images or read these stories, maybe feel sad for a minute, and then go on about their lives. Albatrosses and sea turtles are creatures most of us don’t encounter on a daily basis. Their fate is sad, but it doesn’t directly affect us. Well, I want to show some photos and relate a story from the Terry-Stoler household that brings the issue of harm to animals a little closer to home. My cat eats plastic. ...more

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Could You Go a Whole Year With Only Five Pounds of Plastic Trash?

What if you were told you were only allowed to generate five pounds of plastic trash this year? And what if that five pounds had to include both your recyclable AND non-recyclable plastic? Could you do it? How would you live? According to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (PDF), the average American generates between 88 and 128 pounds of plastic trash (before recycling) per year. ...more

Those are really cool SS straws!  Never heard of them.  Now gotta get ...more

Giving up plastic: Not so easy? What do you think?

This post is supposed to be about "easy ways to reduce plastic use." But really, what's so easy about that? These days, our fast-paced lifestyles are centered on convenience and technology, both of which require plastic, right? Our beverages (water, sodas, sports drinks, iced lattes) and food (meats, cheeses, milk, energy bars, cereal, bread, frozen dinners, whole roasted chickens, and sometimes even produce) all come packaged in plastic. And our toys -- whether for grown ups (computer, iPhone, camera) or kids (from teethers to training wheels) are all made from and/or packaged in plastic, right? How can it possibly be easy to give up? ...more

Great point, midnightbliss.  I also think that educating people on the health effects of ...more