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Worried About Microplastics? Stormwater Is A Solution

By Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance executive director. Reposted with permission from California Coastkeeper Alliance. New research shows stormwater is the primary source of microplastics in coastal waters — here’s how to prevent it. Every year, seven trillion tiny pieces of plastic — equivalent to about a million pieces each for every man, woman and ...


From Plastic to People

By Alexa Ruscitto, Waterkeeper Alliance intern Most people know that plastics can take thousands of years to break down in the environment. But did you know, plastic also accumulates in the bodies of humans and in the food we eat?  When plastics do degrade through physical forces of nature, such as by wave action in ...


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Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants

Decades-old EPA Limits Require Update As Plastic Production Booms More than 270 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict new water-pollution limits for industrial plants that create plastic. Plastic plants discharged 128 million pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways last year, their operators reported ...


Local Efforts to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in Vietnam

By the Centre for Social Research and Development, parent organization to Huong River Waterkeeper  Plastic pollution in our oceans is a major global problem which needs support and action from international, national, and local communities. Every year, some 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, which is equivalent to five grocery ...


In Lavaca Bay, a Massive Clean Water Win Against Big Plastic

At the end of June, a Texas federal judge found Formosa Plastic Corporation a “serial polluter” in a strongly worded decision in favor of Diane Wilson and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper. The judge found Formosa’s plastic plant in Point Comfort, Texas in violation of both the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit and the ...


Musician Josie Dunne Joins Zappos and Sperry to Support Waterkeeper Alliance and Combat the Ocean Plastics Epidemic

Sperry, the iconic footwear brand with a heritage of innovation and love for the sea, and Atlantic recording artist Josie Dunne, known for her personal passion for ocean sustainability, have teamed up with Zappos.com to launch a limited-edition shoe made with BIONIC® yarn, spun from plastic recovered from marine and coastal environments.   Supported by ...


On the Frontlines of the Plastics Fight on the Texas Gulf Coast

Diane Wilson, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper and fourth generation Mid-Texas gulf coast shrimper, is keeping busy fighting Formosa Plastic Corporation’s pollution. She and an engaged community of activists are protesting Formosa’s continued release of plastic pellets and powder into Lavaca Bay which threatens wildlife, human health, and the fishing and shrimping industries so essential ...


Help Ban the Plastic Bag in New York

By Jeremy Cherson, Legislative Advocacy Manager at Riverkeeper. Reposted with permission from Riverkeeper. Let’s do this right; ask your reps to support the BYOBag Act When Governor Cuomo said he would act on plastic bag pollution in 2019, I was hopeful. But then the Governor’s budget proposal came out, and we learned that his single-use ...


Sperry and Waterkeeper Alliance Partner on New Sustainability Initiative

To combat the world’s growing ocean plastic epidemic Sperry, the iconic footwear brand with a heritage of innovation and a love for the sea, and Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water, have announced a partnership. Together they will combat the ocean plastics epidemic, build awareness, share sustainable solutions ...


Tennessee Riverkeeper Takes on a New Fight: Microplastics

National Geographic recently ran a piece titled “Alarming’ level of microplastics found in a major U.S. river.” The Tennessee River got a lot of publicity from that piece.  According to the research, the Tennessee River has 80 percent more microplastic than China’s Yangtze River. “The Tennessee River is already one of the South’s most polluted rivers, ...