Grains of Salty Truth

  • 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.
  • California Becomes First in World to Develop Health Guidelines for Microplastics in Drinking Water

    California will become the first government in the world to develop formal health guidelines for microplastics in drinking water, a sign of increasing concern about the ubiquity of small non-biodegradable pieces of plastic in the environment and their potential harm to human health.
  • Big Plastic Sued over Recycling Claims and Pollution Scourge

    Berkeley, California-based NGO, Earth Island Institute, is suing a number of plastics producers over misleading recycling claims and environmental damage caused by their products. The NGO asserts that most of the plastics produced by these companies cannot be recycled and end up as pollution in the environment, which requires costly cleanup efforts.
  • Environmental Bill Links Climate Change to Plastics Lifecycle

    The CLEAN Future Act is a climate change bill that addresses the scourge of plastic production and waste ending up in the environment. The plastic related GHG emissions and plastic waste reduction goals written into the legislation signify a shift in tactics used to address the interrelated environmental challenges.

  • Plastic Pollution Grows Worse During Pandemic

    At the outset, Covid-19 appeared to be an unexpected boon to many environmental movements. Carbon emissions in 2020 were at some of the lowest levels in decades. A lack of demand in manufacturing led to a reduction in pollution. Some Southeast Asian countries would shutter their wet markets while making wildlife tracking illegal. But one area of environmental outcomes has grown worse during the pandemic – plastic pollution.

  • IBM Develops Cloud Platform to Track and Analyze Plastic Pollution

    The Alliance to End Plastic Waste has partnered with IBM on a technological initiative to track and eliminate plastic waste. As a new and more environmentally minded administration takes office, it is encouraging that technology companies in the private sector are also marshaling their capabilities to address this persistent and pernicious problem. As with most endeavors, the follow through matters.
  • The United States Is Contributing Much More to Global Plastic Pollution than Previously Realized

    American consumers believe plastic consumption is without consequence because of waste management and recycling systems present in our advanced economy. However, a new analysis of worldwide plastic pollution casts these beliefs into serious doubt.
  • Groups Urge Biden to Take Action on Plastic Pollution Crisis

    A coalition of conservation organizations released its Presidential Plastics Action Plan, urging Biden to craft and issue a series of executive orders intent on significantly curbing plastic production in the United States, given its capacity to pollute as well as its reliance on the petrochemical industry for production.