upstream solutions to plastic pollution!
Results are in from #5GyresExpedition2018 in Bali, Indonesia. Check out the data from 16 beach clean ups and 42 ocean trawls. And follow #5GyresExpedition2018 and #5GFieldNotes on Instagram. Our local NGO partners are part of the Zero Waste Cities movement pushing for circular solutions to the region’s waste and plastic pollution problems.
Are "compostable" and “biodegradable” plant-based plastics the next generation of greenwashing? Get the skinny with our Better Alternatives Now List. We also name the top 20 single-use plastic items polluting U.S. waterways and the brands responsible - not to shame them, just give them a nudge to clean up their plastic act.
#5GyresAmbassador Dr. Max Liboiron spells out how waste colonialism negatively affects indigenous people and their land. Western nations sending recycling to S.E. Asian countries is a prime example – outsourcing responsibility for the burgeoning single-use plastic trash we don’t want to deal with domestically.
Bag Bans—Do They Work?
5 Gyres is part of team of experts—Plastic Pollution Emissions Working Group—evaluating which strategies actually stop plastic pollution getting into the environment. Are trash capture devices more effective than bans? Should we be taxing plastics and puting more effort into incentivized return and recylcing programs? Preliminary results expected in March. Watch this space for latest intel on where to put your plastic pollution reduction efforts.
Pledge to REFUSE single-use polystyrene products!