News and Updates

Microplastics in Oysters and Clams on the Oregon coast

A Portland State University November 12, 2019 news release advises that microplastics are showing up in oysters and razor clams, nature’s filters, along the Oregon coast. Scientist found 11 pieces of microplastics per oyster and 9 per clam according to the news release. All were primarily microfibers from synthetic clothing or fishing gear. While fisheries […]

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Citizens may Report Improperly Discarded Plastic and other Debris using a mobile phone app

Citizens who witness improperly discarded plastics and other debris on shorelines and in the water may take a photo and share it with others using a mobile phone app, the Marine Debris Tracker. The photos are intended to help other citizens and scientists around the world gather data on marine debris and help track marine […]

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Interception of Plastic Waste in Rivers before It Reaches an Ocean

On October 26, the Dutch non-profit “The Ocean Cleanup (TOC)” announced the goal of tackling “… the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025 …” https://theoceancleanup.com/press/press-releases/the-ocean-cleanup-unveils-plan-to-address-the-main-source-of-ocean-plastic-pollution-rivers/ – TOC unveiled “The Interceptor” a device designed to “… intercept river plastic pollution …” – It would be […]

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Food System Vision by Year 2050

On October 29, 2019, the Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO announced https://www.foodsystemvisionprize.org/ that applications from companies, governments, cooperatives, communities, partnerships, NGOs, and universities around the world are due by January 31, 2020 for the “Food System Vision Prize to Envision a Better Food System for 2050” – Ten winners will receive $200,000 […]

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Reducing Food Waste Generation; Increasing Food Donation; and Keeping Food Waste Out of Landfills

On Oct. 30, 2019, EPA, FDA and USDA jointly announced a new partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/10/30/usda-epa-and-fda-announce-partnership-food-waste-reduction-alliance an industry-led initiative focused on reducing food waste by increasing food donation and sending unavoidable food waste to productive use and away from landfills https://foodwastealliance.org/ – The Agencies will “… formalize industry education and […]

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Discussion Draft of Legislation to Address the Plastic Waste Crisis Released

On October 31, 2019, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif) announced https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/news/press-releases/udall-lowenthal-seek-input-on-landmark-legislation-to-address-the-global-plastic-waste-crisis that they are seeking by Thursday, November 21 public comments on an outline of legislation that would require plastic producers “… to design, manage, and finance programs to process any waste that would normally land in the natural environment … Producers […]

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“Every Bottle Back” Initiative Launched by the American Beverage Association

“Every Bottle Back” Initiative Launched by the American Beverage Association  https://www.ameribev.org/education-resources/blog/post/press-release/ – The Initiative www.EveryBottleBack.org is an “… effort to reduce the industry’s use of new plastic by making significant investments to improve the collection of the industry’s valuable plastic bottles so they can be made into new bottles … The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) […]

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Hard-to-Recycle Plastic Baby Food Packaging

Hard-to-Recycle Plastic Baby Food Packaging (HtRPBFP) –  Individuals, schools, offices and community organizations may collect and send HtRPBFP to TerraCycle (TC), a waste management company that is partnering with consumer product companies [in this case Gerber], retailers and cities to recycle products and packages that would otherwise end up being landfilled or incinerated – TC […]

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“Microplastics and nanoplastics in food and feed”

“Microplastics and nanoplastics in food and feed” is the title of a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Colloquium to be held June 8 and 9 2020 at a location to be announced in November together with a call for abstracts of presentations and posters http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/events/event/scientific-colloquium-25-microplastics-and-nanoplastics-food-and-feed – The Colloquium will bring stakeholders together to address […]

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​Gen Z ​​(Ages 14-22​) Believes Companies Must Lead the Way on Social and Environmental Issues

Gen Z ​​( Ages 14-22​) Believes in Its Own Power to Make Change, But That Companies Must Lead the Way​, according to an October 23 Sustainable Brands story https://sustainablebrands.com/read/marketing-and-comms/gen-z-believes-in-its-own-power-to-make-change-but-that-companies-must-lead-the-way/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_191024 which reports on a ​2019 Porter Novelli/Cone Gen Z Purpose Study – “… 90% ​…​ believe companies must drive action on social and environmental issues​ … 87 percent […]

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