International Women's Day: Why Plastic Pollution Impacts Women and Children Today (and Every Day)

Today, 8 March 2012, is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women’s achievements meant to inspire girls from every corner of the globe.

In Dubai, Plastic Monster Raises Awareness

By Muaz Shabandri, Khaleej Times

A walking plastic monster covered in plastic bags caught the attention of shoppers at Dubai Mall [in the United Arab Emirates] on Tuesday afternoon. Made out of 350 plastic bags, the monster represented the average amount of plastic used by a family in four months.

Plastic Pollution News Roundup, Week of February 24

It’s been a busy week in anti-plastic pollution advocacy. Between questioning BPA’s role in the American obesity epidemic and a student art contest to combat plastic pollution in Hawaii, there’s been a lot of chatter in the news about refusing single-use plastics.

No To Plastic Bags, Styrofoam

By Ellalyn Da Vera, The Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Environmental groups on Wednesday expressed support for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) plea for a metro-wide ban on plastic bags and Styrofoam.

EcoWaste Coalition’s Task Force Plastics Troy Lacsamana said it is time the rest of Metro Manila’s local governments, particularly Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Marikina, Navotas, Parañaque, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan and Valenzuela joined other municipalities in addressing plastic pollution.

Is BPA the Real Culprit of the Obesity Epidemic?

By Lacy Hansen, Diets in Review

The main culprit being blamed is bisphenol A, known as BPA. This chemical is found in plastics and food-can linings. The so-called endocrine disruptor has been the center of a recent Spanish study. “When you eat something with BPA, it's like telling ... Read More.

BPA-Free: Baby Gourmet Organic Baby Food

By Jennifer Lance, Eco Child's Play

Even stay-at-home parents need the convenience of prepared baby food, and you better make it organic and contained BPA-free packaging for optimum baby health. Healthy, organic, and nutritious food for babies (6-12mo) made by moms with a little... Read More.

Plastic Free Campuses Officially Launches At UC Santa Barbara

From the Plastic Pollution Coalition

It seems appropriate that UC Santa Barbara, home of one of the oldest environmental studies programs in the nation, would also be home to an incredibly active group of students working to release their community from dependence on disposable plastics. UCSB students will serve as a model for campuses around the world, as members of the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s new Plastic Free Campuses program.

The Cost of Throwaway Plastics Outweigh the Benefit

By Markus Eriksen

(photo:China Photos, Getty Images)

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