Beyond plastic

To spare birds, fish and other wildlife from the harm caused by plastic pollution, we’re raising our voices for a world with less single-use plastic products.

Maybe you’ve seen the video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose, or the headlines about whales washing ashore with stomachs full of plastic. With so much plastic pollution floating in the ocean, it’s too easy for wildlife to mistake it for food — and too often, they pay the price with their lives. The good news is that more people, communities, states and companies are moving away from the single-use plastics we don’t even need. Because after all, nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment and threaten wildlife for hundreds of years.

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Abundant, redundant and unnecessary: Plastic

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Abundant, redundant and unnecessary: Plastic

Plastic is an environmentally harmful material in every stage of its life cycle. It is produced from oil through a chemical process and after generally a single use, it pollutes the environment for centuries. If it’s not recovered and recycled, it releases toxic chemicals into the ground and water. And because it’s not biodegradable, it will continue to do so indefinitely. Even worse, it harms wildlife when it ends up in their stomachs or when it contaminates their surrounding food source. It’s clear that plastic pollution is dangerous, so why do we use so much of it?

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Scientists have found plastic fragments in 44% of all seabird species, 43% of all marine mammal species and 100% of sea turtle species.

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U.S. Interior Department to phase out sale of single-use plastic products in parks, public lands

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U.S. Interior Department to phase out sale of single-use plastic products in parks, public lands

WASHINGTON --- Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued an order on Wednesday, World Oceans Day, to phase out single-use plastic products on lands managed by the Department of the Interior by 2032. The order is intended to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags at national parks and on other public lands.

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Colorado governor signs country’s third producer responsibility law for consumer packaging

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Colorado governor signs country’s third producer responsibility law for consumer packaging

Building on successful programs in dozens of countries and recent action taken by Maine and Oregon, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed on Friday a bipartisan producer responsibility bill on consumer packaging into law. Colorado has become the third state in the country to pass a producer responsibility law on consumer packaging.

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Colorado legislature passes bill to reduce plastic packaging, boost recycling

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Colorado legislature passes bill to reduce plastic packaging, boost recycling

The bill aims to reduce plastic packaging and improve Colorado’s lagging recycling system, creating the infrastructure to collect and reuse valuable glass, aluminum and paper and incentives for large companies to reduce the amount of non recyclable and unnecessary packaging that comes wrapped around products.

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Producer Responsibility Recycling Bill Passes the CO House of Reps.

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Producer Responsibility Recycling Bill Passes the CO House of Reps.

The bill will reduce plastic packaging and transform Colorado’s dismal recycling system, creating the infrastructure to collect and reuse valuable glass, aluminum and paper and the incentives for large companies to reduce the amount of non recyclable and unnecessary packaging that comes wrapped around products.

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