Toxic Ecosystems - The Impact of Plastic on Marine Life

Our oceans are choking with single-use plastic.

What are the impacts on the creatures that exist in the toxic ecosystem we’ve created?

The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise voyage into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch document plastics and other marine debris. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a soupy mix of plastics and microplastics, now twice the size of Texas, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean.

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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

3 Budget-Friendly Lifestyle Changes That Can Save the Planet

Are you looking for some simple ways to help Mother Earth while saving some money along the way?

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End Your Plastic Straw Habit

Our girls love straws, but I despise them.

Now that we live in Costa Rica, I visit stores less frequently and we rely on friends and family visiting from the States to fulfill our consumer needs every once and awhile. Our latest request from a visiting friend was to bring metal straws to satiate the little girls’ straw desires.

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Nikki Pava is the founder of Alegria Partners, and with a decade of leadership in the sustainability movement, she and her company work with entrepreneurs and business leaders to design, implement, and measure profitable sustainability strategies for their companies.

Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.

Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.

2017 - The Year We Started to Turn the Corner on Plastic Pollution

by John Hocevar | Greenpeace

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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Purge the Plastic! How to Free Your Kitchen

Look around your house 

What materials do you see? You probably have some wood and fabric, and perhaps some metal. But what you also likely have a lot of—more than you might realize—is plastic. Plastic is everywhere. It helps to make up the remote that changes the channel on the TV and the microwave that pops your movie popcorn. And when it comes to the kitchen, there’s probably more plastic than you like.

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Plastic is a Health Hazard - Obesity, Cancer, Infertility (Video)

Buying plastic bottled water? Stop today. Get a filter and carry your own water.

Plastic is much much worse than you thought. And I am not even talking about those giant plastic islands. 

Bad for the planet. Bad for your body.

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Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

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A sea lion pokes its head above the water in the ocean.
11/08/2018
Our oceans are choking with single-use plastic. What are the impacts on the creatures that exist in the toxic ecosystem we’ve created? The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise voyage... read more
Woman in hat holding strawberry up in front of her eyes
11/03/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
Are you looking for some simple ways to help Mother Earth while saving some money along the way? With an estimated 1 million plastic bottles bought every minute, human beings are hurting... read more
Jumble of colorful straight and twisty plastic straws.
03/30/2018
Our girls love straws, but I despise them. Now that we live in Costa Rica, I visit stores less frequently and we rely on friends and family visiting from the States to fulfill our consumer needs... read more
Close up of layers of plastic trash
01/24/2018
by John Hocevar | Greenpeace As bad as the plastic pollution problem is these days, there are still many reasons to be hopeful. Check out the good news from 2017, and see how you can help... read more
Several multi-colored plastic bowls stacked in a row.
07/20/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Look around your house  What materials do you see? You probably have some wood and fabric, and perhaps some metal. But what you also likely have a lot of—more than you might realize—is... read more
Woman in visor reading label of plastic water bottle.
05/05/2017
Buying plastic bottled water? Stop today. Get a filter and carry your own water. Plastic is much much worse than you thought. And I am not even talking about those giant plastic islands. ... read more
A sea lion pokes its head above the water in the ocean.
11/08/2018
Our oceans are choking with single-use plastic. What are the impacts on the creatures that exist in the toxic ecosystem we’ve created? The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise voyage... read more
Woman in hat holding strawberry up in front of her eyes
11/03/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
Are you looking for some simple ways to help Mother Earth while saving some money along the way? With an estimated 1 million plastic bottles bought every minute, human beings are hurting... read more
Jumble of colorful straight and twisty plastic straws.
03/30/2018
Our girls love straws, but I despise them. Now that we live in Costa Rica, I visit stores less frequently and we rely on friends and family visiting from the States to fulfill our consumer needs... read more
Close up of layers of plastic trash
01/24/2018
by John Hocevar | Greenpeace As bad as the plastic pollution problem is these days, there are still many reasons to be hopeful. Check out the good news from 2017, and see how you can help... read more
Several multi-colored plastic bowls stacked in a row.
07/20/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Look around your house  What materials do you see? You probably have some wood and fabric, and perhaps some metal. But what you also likely have a lot of—more than you might realize—is... read more
Woman in visor reading label of plastic water bottle.
05/05/2017
Buying plastic bottled water? Stop today. Get a filter and carry your own water. Plastic is much much worse than you thought. And I am not even talking about those giant plastic islands. ... read more