plastic pollution

Tiny plastic pellets are spreading across the Indian Ocean like wildfire, coating coastlines and killing wildlife everywhere they go.1       Plastic pollution is choking the planet. The plastics we’re producing are choking our planet and its wildlife. We can’t reduce, reuse or recycle our way out of this problem — but it’s not too late to change our relationship with plastic and save […]

Single-use plastics don’t belong in our national parks.     Plastic harms our most precious wild places. You just hiked miles and miles through Grand Canyon National Park, descending past layers of golden, majestic rock. You finally reach the bottom of the canyon and pop your hiking boots off to cool your toes in the Colorado River. Something hits your foot — you look […]
Sea turtle (Photo: Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)

Each year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste make their way into our world’s oceans. That’s the equivalent of five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline.1     Plastic pollution is deadly to wildlife. All this plastic pollution in our environment isn’t just unsightly. It’s also deadly. Millions of animals are killed by plastic every year, from fish […]

Plastic pollution isn’t on anyone’s grocery list — but at most grocery stores, it’s unavoidable.     Whole Foods scored an “F” for its efforts to address wasteful plastic packaging. In a recent plastic waste report, Whole Foods received an “F” for its efforts to address wasteful plastic packaging.1 Plastic packaging is flooding landfills, polluting oceans and hurting marine life — but we have a […]
Plastic bottles

There’s nothing “all natural” about plastic bottles. What in the world is Snapple thinking?      There’s nothing “all natural” about plastic bottles. First, the company that has long prided itself on being “all natural” recently switched from glass bottles to plastic. Then they brag about it. Yes, right on the label, near their patented “Made from the BEST stuff on Earth” logo, are the […]

By Pat Kelly-Fischer Scientists found plastic in the gut of every single sea turtle they examined, according to a new study. It’s especially alarming given that just a few pieces of plastic can be lethal for sea turtles. Despite the risks, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. Polystyrene foam—what most of us call Styrofoam—is one of […]
Thank you for standing up for the planet this Earth Day.

We have some great news to share about our work to save monarch butterflies and put the planet over plastic this Earth Day. We were able to hit our $15,000 fundraising goal! The generosity of supporters like you will enable us to keep standing up for wildlife and wild places, including: Putting the planet over plastic by working to put a […]

What’s one thing you wouldn’t expect at the bottom of the deepest natural trench in the world? Plastic pollution. But scientists have now found plastic in organisms in the Mariana trench.1       Plastic pollution enters the environment by the ton. Plastic foam never fully degrades, meaning every single bit of polystyrene foam ever made is still out there, polluting our oceans and threatening […]

By Kirk Weinert, senior writer and advisor Another ocean creature has been found eating a steady diet of plastic: starfish. In October 2018, researchers discovered microscopic traces of eight different plastics in the stomachs of starfish, sea stars and brittle stars collected between 1976 and 2015 near Scotland. This means these creatures have been ingesting plastics for at least 40 years. “This data […]
River (public domain photo)

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our oceans. Environmental Action is tackling the issue, but we need your help. The Threat of Plastic Pollution Plastic litter breaks up in the environment, forming tiny, insidious particles called “microplastics.” It’s been clear for some time that this kind of pollution is harming the ocean, but now we know: microplastics are far […]