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A Bellyful of Plastic: Chris Jordan Photographs Pacific Birds

Photographer and New Dream friend Chris Jordan has a talent for catching civilization enacting its values. From his photos of post-Katrina New Orleans to his to-scale models of the plastic bottles that end up in the landfill at an alarming rate, he highlights uncomfortable truths. This has never ...

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Tags: Birds, Chris jordan, Photography, Plastic, Wildlife
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Are plastic bags necessary?

Last year, the Seattle City Council voted yes for Referendum 1, a proposal to impose a twenty cent fee on people who choose to put their items in paper or plastic bags. What are your views regarding Referendum 1? Do you think your area should pass a similar resolution? Are taxes and fines the bes...

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Tags: Fine, Local, Plastic, Plastic bags, Policy, Seattle, Waste
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Upcycled materials and making your own yarn

Recently I purchased a hat on Etsy. Like every other handmade item I've bought on the site, it was a marvel of craftsmanship. It's also made out of upcycled materials: soda bottles were spun into the soft fiber crocheted into a beanie. It was my first experience with wearing plastic, so to speak,...

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Tags: Bag, Craft, Diy, Plarn, Plastic, Reusable bag, Video
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Is a post-plastic world possible?

Can't live with it, can't live without it? Mother Jones article: Plastic: Fantastic? gives an interesting background to our modern dilemma with the substance that can be almost anything...but does that include environmentally friendly? Plastic's capacity for near-infinite proliferation initially...

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Tags: Biodegrade, Hospital, Incinerator, Landfill, Plastic, Waste
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Banning the Plastic Bag: The Voice of the Industry

Most of us know by now: the plastic bag is bad for the earth. This disposable container that lasts hundreds of years in the landfill is an unnecessary source of waste and a guzzler of oil. Could there be any upside to churning out more single-use bags? The industry says there is. The New York Tim...

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Tags: Global, Industry, Plastic, Plastic bag, Trash
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Shopping for Low-Impact Packaging vs. China's Recycling Economy

Last week I posted a poll: what ethical considerations trump all others when you're shopping? There is no right answer, as fair trade, organic, cruelty-free, local goods, and items without excess packaging are all good things to look for. Sometimes, though, it helps to have a few facts on hand wh...

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Tags: Bottled water, Junk mail, Plastic, Shopping tips
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The No-Plastic Holiday Challenge

While most of us have a vague sense that plastic is part of almost every aspect of our lives, Beth Terry measures every ounce that passes through her household. She keeps a graph of her personal plastic waste output at the top of her blog, Fake Plastic Fish. Reading about the creative ways she fi...

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Tags: Gifts, Packaging, Plastic, Reduce waste, Wrapping
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