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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Green Groups Call on Biden to Address Plastic Pollution Crisis

    A consortium of environmental and community organizations is poised to release a plan intended to urge President-elect Joe Biden to craft a series of executive orders aimed at curtailing the plastic pollution crisis around the world.
  • Researcher Highlights Imperative to Reduce Plastic Use

    “In the case of the United States, it is critically important that we examine our own backyard and take responsibility for our global plastic footprint,” said Jenna Jambeck, a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia.
  • Bottle-Fed Babies Ingest Millions of Microplastic Particles Every Day

    The story of plastics and their baleful impact on both the environment and human health continues to get worse. A study published in October found that babies are imbibing millions of microplastics and nanoplastics due to the ubiquitous presence of polypropylene, a common plastic, in baby bottles.