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Banning plastics? Africa is getting it done.

By Mark A. Bonta / February 6, 2020 / Comments Off on Banning plastics? Africa is getting it done.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 31 countries have banned single-use plastic.  Kenya is in the lead with its draconian penalties for infractions — and its promising results.  Flood of plastic Single-use plastics have become a significant part of the world’s plastics crisis.  Their rise to dominance in grocery store sales is familiar across the planet, as individual items […]

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A young Nigerian woman is saving sea turtles by getting kids involved in beach cleanups

By Mark A. Bonta / November 19, 2019 / Comments Off on A young Nigerian woman is saving sea turtles by getting kids involved in beach cleanups

Sea turtles are getting sorely needed help in Lagos, an African megacity on the coast of Nigeria. They have Doyinsola Ogunye, a law-school graduate from the University of Lagos and an accomplished community organizer, to thank. Ogunye links her work in the community with ecological activism, organizing beach cleanups that brings dozens of local kids […]

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Poverty makes plastic pollution worse

By Mark A. Bonta / November 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Poverty makes plastic pollution worse

Guatemala City, the impoverished Central American metropolis, has almost no system for managing solid waste. As a result, huge surges of plastic trash wash down the Motagua river to choke the massive Mesoamerican Reef and many Caribbean beaches. Plague of plastic Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans; 90 percent […]

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Coca Cola wants to recycle all its plastic waste — sort of

By Mark A. Bonta / October 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Coca Cola wants to recycle all its plastic waste — sort of

Coca Cola says it wants its ubiquitous plastic bottles to be recycled — and the company wants to help you do it. But it doesn’t seem to be making this easy. Despite its recently announced “Every Bottle Back” initiative and its programs to make bottles entirely out of recycled plastic, the company also seems dead-set […]

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Green — and good for the brand: Meet the corporate combatants of the new ‘War on Plastic’

By Mark A. Bonta / October 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Green — and good for the brand: Meet the corporate combatants of the new ‘War on Plastic’

To better target young consumers, the consumer-products conglomerate Unilever has committed to massive cuts in its plastic use over the next six years. Popular brands owned by Unilever include Dove soap, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Unilever intends to reduce its plastic use to 386,000 tons of new — or “virgin” — plastic starting […]

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The Greta Thurnberg of Thailand has declared ‘war’ on plastic

By Mark A. Bonta / September 25, 2019 / Comments Off on The Greta Thurnberg of Thailand has declared ‘war’ on plastic

In Thailand, each person on average uses and discards a plastic bag three thousand times per year — making Thailand, despite its relatively small population and size, the sixth worst source of plastic trash in the world’s oceans. Ralyn Satidtanasarn — also known as Lilly, a 12-year-old girl in Thailand — is not standing for […]

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