Grains of Salty Truth

  • Climate Advocates Meet in NYC while Giant Sequoias Burn in CA

    Climate advocates are convening for Climate Week NYC 2021,while at the same time wildfires in California, exacerbated by climate change, threaten the world's largest tree.
  • Maine Passes First State Law on Plastic Producer Accountability

    In mid-July, Maine became the first state to pass a law holding producers of plastic packaging financially responsible for recycling the materials they generate, paving the way for other states to follow.
  • Plastics Hit Men Where It Hurts

    Men, plastics are shrinking your manhood. It’s not a joke. Studies show that chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics contribute to the reduction in size of the male reproductive organ, or the penis.
  • Corporate Projects Wish Away Plastic Pollution

    "These companies are pursuing false solutions that range from potentially damaging at worst, and simple wishful thinking, at best" – Emma Priestland, Break Free From Plastic Corporate Campaigns Coordinator.
  • Lawsuit Targets Greenwashing by Plastic Using Corporations

    Earth Island Institute unveiled yet another novel legal theory in its bid to hold the companies that create the growing global plastic pollution problem to account.
  • Sustainability at the 2021 World Tea Expo

    The sustainability aspirations of the tea industry were on full display at the 2021 World Tea Expo and were made only more prominent by contrast of the hosting city, Las Vegas, known for excess. While such aspirations are noble, this article highlights an experience that exemplifies the persistent gap between those noble aspirations and the general conduct of the beverage service industry.
  • Littorary Signs Global Plastic Pollution Petition

    Littorary has signed a petition created by the World Wildlife Fund aimed at encouraging the United Nations to create a global and legally binding agreement to stop copious amounts of plastic from leaking into our oceans and waterways. We encourage others to do the same.

  • Pressure Grows for Global Treaty on Plastic Waste

    As plastic pollution grows to be one of the most consequential environmental hazards of our time, so grows the awareness of the problem as one that transcends national boundaries. Citizens across the world are taking notice, and many people, particularly the cohort of younger generations are demanding more attention and action to the problem.
  • Beware of Sophisticated Corporate Efforts to Duck Environmental Responsibility

    “The first carbon footprint calculator was developed and popularized by BP in a $250 million campaign,” said Ash Sarkar, a British political activist. “Why? To individualize the problem, and let big polluters off the hook.”
  • Investors Demand Corporate Accountability on Plastic Pollution

    Corporate America is on notice – continue to ignore your poor environmental record and face the wrath, not of a bunch of granola-munching activists, but of your own shareholders. 81% of Dupont investors voted against management to demand the company keep track of its plastic footprint.
  • Major Producer Attempts to Greenwash Disposable Coffee Cups

    A particularly egregious example of greenwashing in the form of a report by Finland-based Huhtamaki, a global food packaging supplier, compares their disposable coffee cups to reusable alternatives. “Key findings” from the report are misleading at best and entirely false at worst, relying on bad assumptions that lead to a skewed analysis and cherry-picked conclusions.

  • Littorary Goes Climate Neutral

    Littorary has committed to Climate Neutral certification, ensuring that the entirety of our business, including our supply chain, will be in compliance with net-zero emissions goals from the outset.