13 ways to fight the war on plastic

If you stop and think about it, mass-produced plastic products have really only been around since the mid-1900s, when companies began looking for ways to use it post-World War II in order to maintain their production facilities. Just a few short decades later and we’ve got the North Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now roughly … Continued

10 plastic products that are ruining the planet

We love our plastic, there’s no denying it. It’s strong, it’s durable, it’s convenient and it can be shaped into myriad shapes, which is why it was hailed as a wondrous material back in the 1950s. Fast forward 60 years, and it’s also ruining our planet. Today, there’s an estimated 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing … Continued

Deadly discoveries: 8 of the world’s most ecologically devastating inventions

They have kept us warm, prevented malaria, improved sanitation and extended the shelf life of our food, but some of humankind’s most celebrated inventions are also responsible for millions of deaths, catastrophic environmental contamination and the hastening of global warming. In fact, one supposedly safe discovery even indirectly led to the demise of its inventor. … Continued

Facial-cleansing routines are harming so many fish that even this cosmetics industry body says it should be stopped

A major cosmetics industry association has made a big move towards reducing plastic pollution in the world’s oceans after recommending that its 4,000 members phase out the use of microplastics in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products. The recommendation by Cosmetics Europe—the ‘voice of Europe’s EUR 58.1 billion cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery industry’—was cautiously welcomed by … Continued