Plastics’ Impact on Human Health

January 12, 2023 , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EST

Join Beyond Plastics at 7:00 pm ET US on Thursday, January 12 when pediatrician and toxicologist, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, will summarize what we know, what we don’t know, and what researchers strongly suspect about the impact of plastics on human health and future generations.

Plastics and their additives have been found in every corner of the ecosystem, including human blood, lungs, and all three sides of the placenta. But what is it doing there? It may be too soon to know precisely, but by looking at animal models and the known toxic effects of plasticizing chemicals, researchers can tell us a lot.

October 12, 2022 , 2:00 pm 3:00 pm EDT

Please join Beyond Plastics on Wednesday, October 12th at 2:00 PM ET via Zoom to learn how your dry cleaning business can:

  • Cut costs and boost revenue
  • Attract new customers
  • Help protect the planet

all by reducing single-use poly and other single-use plastics in your operations.

They will walk through some of the helpful resources in Beyond Plastics’ new guide to help dry cleaners reduce single-use poly and other plastics, including:

  • Practical guidance for reducing plastic usage including recommendations for reusable garment bags
  • Guidance for calculating potential savings
  • Suggestions for shop front signage, green business listing websites, and more.

You will also hear from our expert panelists Jennie Nigrosh, owner of the Green Garmento, makers of a popular reusable garment bag, as well as Angela Harris, Green Garmento’s national sales manager, and David Meyer, the owner of Elite Cleaners in Phoenix, Arizona who experienced a dramatic increase in customer satisfaction and support after he introduced reusable garment bags in his establishment, including a 10-15% jump in his business, and a series of positive, enthusiastic Google and Yelp reviews.

September 27, 2022 , 7:00 am 8:00 pm EDT

Fracked Plastic: Petrochemicals, Policy, and Public Health

Join Beyond Plastics on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7pm ET for a free webinar about the petrochemical infrastructure build-out that’s unfolding in Pennsylvania and the greater Ohio River Valley, its implications for public and environmental health, and how you can help support the frontline activists working to prevent it from growing.

Decades of policy decisions contributed to the shale gas boom and now the petrochemical industry is eyeing the Ohio River Valley region as a production hub for single-use plastics made out of fracked gas, starting with Shell’s massive new ethane cracker in Monaca, Pennsylvania. The cracker facility is expected to come on line any day now and begin churning out billions of tiny plastic pellets called “nurdles”, along with lots of air pollution and greenhouse gases. Fortunately, communities and organizations in the region are taking it upon themselves to monitor pollution from the Shell plant in the hopes of preventing future ethane crackers from moving in.

This event will feature Heather Hulton VanTassel, Executive Director of Three Rivers Waterkeeper in Pittsburgh, PA and Alison Steele, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Project in McMurray, PA who will speak about their work in the region. You will also hear from Jill Antares Hunkler, a seventh generation Ohio Valley resident who is an educator, grassroots advocate, and a fracking refugee.

Washington, D.C. – The global Plastic Pollution Coalition has released a new petition demanding reduce their plastic footprint on the earth. The campaign is timed with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of Amazon’s biggest money-making days of the year. 

“If you are one of Amazon’s 100 million+ customers, you have seen the e-commerce giant’s plastic problem,” reads the petition copy, which has been signed by more than 3,000 people in advance of Black Friday. “From polystyrene packing peanuts to non-recyclable bubble wrap to plastic-wrapped pouches of air, nearly every Amazon order arrives buried in heaps of wasteful single-use plastic packaging. All of this plastic packaging is designed to be used once and will plague our planet for generations to come.”

According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, plastic pollutes across its lifecycle, from extraction to use and disposal. More than 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution ends up in our oceans each year, wreaking havoc on ecosystems. Studies show that 91 percent of plastic is not recycled. 

“Plastic pollution poses a very serious threat to our environment and our health,” said Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator and founder of Beyond Plastics, a member of Plastic Pollution Coalition. “And yet, Amazon and other online consumer companies are turning a blind eye and making the problem much worse, sending out millions of packages entombed in plastic that cannot be reused or recycled. Amazon and other companies need to embrace reusable packaging and they need to make that shift fast.”

“As Amazon’s share of the ecommerce market steadily grows, the tidal wave of pointless plastic packaging polluting our planet will only continue to increase exponentially,” said Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. “Join us in challenging Amazon to stop polluting the planet with single-use plastic today.”

Sign the petition.

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