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The Downside To Low Oil Prices

Graph of Crude oil price March 21 2017
Is There A Downside To Low Oil Prices?

Four years ago, a barrel of crude oil cost over $100. Today’s closing price was $48.04.While the lower price at the pumps seems great to consumers, lower crude oil prices result in an environmental cost: More plastic is produced and less in recycled because manufacturers can buy new plastic for less than the cost of recycled products. This has a big impact on the recycling industry. Read More →

From the Plastic Oceans: Watch This Film!

Where did the Recycling Symbol Come From?

We are all familiar with the Recycling Symbol today. But do you know where it came from/ how it came about? It has to do with the very beginnings of Earth Day and a design contest.
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Rivers Flowing Into Great Lakes contain Microplastic Pollution

Rivers Flowing Into the Great Lakes Are Teeming with Microplastic Pollution

The minute plastics are in the food chain, and they’re increasingly shown to harm the health of marine animals.

We are sharing the article which appeared on the TakePart website about Microplastic Pollution. Please visit the site to see more information. To read the full  Environmental Science & Technology article you can access the pdf here

Sep 17, 2016
by Emily J. Gertz is an associate editor for environment and wildlife at TakePart.

Rivers that flow into the Great Lakes are awash with tiny plastic bits, some barely visible to the human eye but big enough to infiltrate the food chain, according to the largest study of microplastics in rivers to date.

Scientists found the harmful pollutants in every one of the 107 samples taken from 29 rivers across six states, according to research published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Read More →