The viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose may have convinced quite a few people to stop using so much plastic.  It can be difficult, since so many consumer items are either made of plastic or packaged in it, often both. 

But scientists fear that plastic may outweigh fish in the oceans by the middle of the century.  Will McCallum, the Head of Oceans for Greenpeace UK, doesn't want to see that happen.  So he wrote a book called How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

It truly is a step-by-step, room-by-room guide for going through your house and figuring out how to replace plastic with other substances. 


Garbage, trash, rubbish... pick your term.  Now imagine reducing what we throw there, even further than we already have. 

That's the challenge the City of Eureka is placing before its citizens: the idea that NOTHING is wasted and ends up in a landfill.  Go Zero Eureka is a campaign to push for a zero-waste community.

Coast Artist Uses Trash To Teach

Oct 12, 2016
Washed Ashore

One person's trash is another person's treasure. 

That is proven frequently by Washed Ashore on the Oregon Coast.  The organization takes its name from the plastic and other trash that washes up on the beaches... which artist and Executive Director Angela Haseltine Pozzi turns into art representing sea creatures and scenes. 

It's a fascinating look at the beings that are threatened by human trash in the oceans. 

People Who Track Ocean Plastic: Algalita

Oct 12, 2016

Most of our trash goes out of sight, out of mind in landfills. 

But plenty of the world's refuse ends up in waterways, to end up in the ocean.  And plastics in the ocean can present hazards to sea creatures and the health of creatures up the food chain. 

The organization called Algalita is dedicated to studying plastic trash and its effects at sea. 

What To Do About E-Waste

Nov 14, 2013
Curtis Palmer/Wikimedia

We love our electronic devices in America.

Sometimes it seems it's reaching the point of "you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers" when it comes to cell phones and other gadgets.  Until, that is, the NEXT thing comes along.