Research

New Report by 5 Gyres Shows 7 Trillion Tiny Pieces of Plastic Wash into the San Francisco Bay Every Year

New Report by 5 Gyres Shows 7 Trillion Tiny Pieces of Plastic Wash into the San Francisco Bay Every Year

Oct. 10 - The 5 Gyres Institute and the San Francisco Estuary Institute embarked on a three-year collaborative project to complete the first comprehensive study of microplastic pollution of a major urban estuary.

Study Shows Alarming Level of Plastic in Children's Bodies

Study Shows Alarming Level of Plastic in Children's Bodies

Sept. 24 - A new study by the German Environment Ministry has found almost all children tested have traces of plastic byproducts or plasticizers in their bodies.

Break Free From Plastic conducts massive global 'brand audit' actions

Break Free From Plastic conducts massive global 'brand audit' actions

Sept. 23 - On World Cleanup Day Break Free From Plastic highlighted the power of citizen action to hold corporate polluters accountable for the plastic pollution crisis.  

For World Cleanup Day, Join a Brand Audit!

For World Cleanup Day, Join a Brand Audit!

Sept. 13 - International Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 21 and Plastic Pollution Coalition encourages individuals and groups to sign up to join or host a brand audit near you.

90% of Californians Think Single-Use Plastic is Unbearable

90% of Californians Think Single-Use Plastic is Unbearable

Aug. 21 - California Businesses, Local Governments, and Environmentalists Join Bipartisan Lawmakers’ Group to Urge Passage of Law to Cut Packaging and Plastic Product Pollution

Q&A with the Author of 'Plastic Soup'

Q&A with the Author of 'Plastic Soup'

July 11 - Read an exclusive Q&A with the author of the new Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution.

BREAKING: Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate

BREAKING: Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate

May 15 - In 2019 alone, the production and incineration of plastic will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—equal to the pollution from 189 new coal-fired power plants.

Six Times More Plastic Waste is Burned in U.S. than is Recycled

Six Times More Plastic Waste is Burned in U.S. than is Recycled

April 30 -  The relentless focus on the future path for recycling plastic packaging flies in the face of the hard facts: post-consumer plastic recycling in the U.S. is generally economically impractical.

157,000 Shipping Containers of U.S. Plastic Waste Exported to Countries with Poor Waste Management in 2018

157,000 Shipping Containers of U.S. Plastic Waste Exported to Countries with Poor Waste Management in 2018

Mar. 6 - Why is the U.S. still adding to the problem by shipping plastic waste to other countries?

Report: Restaurant chains lag on toxic chemicals, while 21 retailers make progress to protect consumers

Report: Restaurant chains lag on toxic chemicals, while 21 retailers make progress to protect consumers

Nov. 14 - Amazon, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are “most improved” in annual ranking of retailer chemical safety efforts

U.S. Plastic Recycling Rate Projected to Drop to 4.4% in 2018

U.S. Plastic Recycling Rate Projected to Drop to 4.4% in 2018

Oct. 4 - The projected <5% U.S. plastic recycling rate in 2018 should be a wake-up call to the false promise that recycling is a credible solution to plastic pollution.

Cigarette Butts are Plastic and Compound the Nicotine Health Risk from Smoking

Cigarette Butts are Plastic and Compound the Nicotine Health Risk from Smoking

Cigarette butts continue to be the number one item collected in shoreline cleanups worldwide.