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Tahoe Students Work on “Plastic Footprint” Project

Creative students at Incline High School in Tahoe, California have been hard at work this summer creating a piece of art that they feel will share an important message – a work they call the “Plastic Footprint Project”. Guided by art teacher Ann Clark, students have created a large sculpture of a footprint made from plastic bottles which symbolically crush the earth below. The project aims to bring focus to the impact of plastic on animals, the Earth, and human health.

PhD Student Declares Himself a 'Plasticarian', Refuses Plastic

The term "Plasticarian" may be unfamiliar to most, but to a Manchester PhD student, it comes naturally. Thomas Smith, a student of chemistry, made the decision to live a life free of plastic, a choice that is incredibly difficult to maintain in today's world. According to an article from the Independent, Smith was in a cafe when he was handed a plastic lid to go with his tea. His response?

NBC Dateline Producer Tested for Chemicals

In a recent episode of NBC's popular television series, Dateline, producer Andrea Canning tried something unusual -- she decided to test herself and her children for the presence of chemicals BPA. phthalates, and triclosan in their urine, and in discovering levels much higher than the national average in herself and her children, attempted to make a lifestyle change to correct the imbalance. The episode focused on these particular chemicals, and Canning's attempt to eliminate them from her life through a change of daily routine.

Plastic Free Lent: Interview With Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa

With the Christian observation of Lent approaching, many people have begun an annual search for a way to better understand the suffering of Jesus through personal sacrifice.

What to Do With All That Holiday Plastic

Maria Rodale's blog on the Huffington Post featured an article by Beth Terry recently, addressing a problem that many of us are facing around this time of year: the problem of holiday plastic. Terry gives thought to a number of plastic packaging options used during Christmas for gift wrapping, shipping, and holiday festivities and shares insight into how to use them to prevent them becoming waste. Terry suggests a few simple solutions for a waste free post-Holiday purge, including:

Consumption and Ramadan: The Power of Less

By Sheikh Abdul Aziz al Nuaimi

Last Friday over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world celebrated the beginning of the holiest of times: Ramadan.

During Ramadan, all Muslims fast from first light until sundown (dawn to dusk), abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. The sick, elderly and travelers, as well as pregnant or nursing women, are permitted to break the fast and make it up later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, they must feed a needy person for every day missed. Children begin to fast from puberty, although many start earlier.

Mexicans Still Reliant on Bottled Water

A story in the New York Times this week explores how Mexican families use bottled water for just about everything: cooking, cleaning, and even bathing. Residents profiled in the story complain of yellow tap water that seems unfit to use for anything. Many buy every drop of water they use from either multinational companies or local sellers who have invested in filtration systems.

400 Million More Plastic Bags Distributed in UK Last Year

A startling new figure reported by the Independent indicates that shoppers in the United Kingdom have used a shocking 7. 96 billion single use bags last year, marking an increase of 400 million bags used in total. The article notes that plastic bag usage has increased all across the UK with the exception of Wales and Scotland. Wales, which is subject to a 5p bag tax, has seen a drop in usage of about 22 percent, while Scotland has, despite having no ban at present, dropped usage by a much smaller 0.3 percent.

World's Urban Waste a Silent But Growing Problem

The Guardian published an article yesterday that reported that the World Bank has determined that urban waste is set to increase steeply in the next twenty years. The report, aptly titled "What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid Waste Management" has provided information on a country and region basis regarding waste generation and disposal, and according to contributor Mark Tran, the report noted:

Maine School Eliminates Styrofoam, Saves $50k in Recycling Initiative

In Portland, Maine [United States], Riverton Elementary School has implemented a new recycling program that has saved the school around $50,000, as well as eliminating about 50% of the school's waste. In an article published today on Bangor Daily News, contributor Seth Koenig reports that a recent concern regarding the longevity of styrofoam has also led to another important change in the District. According to the article:

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