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The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

By Joe Bagliere
Unlike dance battles and dangerous dares, here's a "challenge" just about anyone can get behind. The Australia-based Plastic Free Foundation is once again recruiting participants to take the Plastic Free July challenge -- that is…

Another Reason to Cut Down on Plastics

By Veronica Penney and Miranda Green Photo by Joshua L. Jones
Also this week, face masks for the environmentally conscious

A threat from above: Plastic rains down on US National Parks and Wilderness areas

By Kate S. Petersen Photo by Brian Bienkowski
The study is the first to calculate rates of microplastic pollution from the atmosphere onto American protected areas and adds to a growing body of research suggesting that microplastics are traveling long distances in the…

Microplastic pollution in oceans vastly underestimated – study

By Damian Carrington Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images
The abundance of microplastic pollution in the oceans is likely to have been vastly underestimated, according to research that suggests there are at least double the number of particles as previously thought.

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

By Jillian Ambrose Photo by Diego Azubel
Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.

Hoovering the ocean

By Hugo Kugiya Photo: Sandy Huffaker for The Washington Post)
FRED, a solar-powered catamaran built by the organization Clear Blue Sea, retrieves marked water bottles during a test run in Mission Bay in San Diego. (Sandy Huffaker for The Washington Post)

‘Microplastic Hot Spots’ Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

By Matt simon Photo by Juan Carlos Munoz
OFF THE COASTS of Corsica and Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea swirls an omnipresent yet vanishingly small menace: microplastics. By this point, it comes as no surprise to scientists that they would find the tiny…

Coronavirus Plastic Waste Polluting the Environment

By Nikolia Apostolou Photo: Vincenzo Lombardo / Getty Images
By Nikolia ApostolouOver a month into the lockdown and the usually bustling streets of Kalamata, a Greek city southwest of Athens traditionally known for its olives, are largely empty.As in the rest of Greece, residents…

Plastic Wars

By Willy Kurniawan
With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.