Bite Size Plastic: How Marine Wildlife Snack on Our Trash

June 25, 2020

Millions of tons of debris enter the marine environment each year, including our trash and damaged fishing gear, and can be found at the surface of the water, down to the deepest parts of the ocean. Many marine debris items, especially plastics, are small enough to be ingested, or eaten, by wildlife, an issue of …

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Bumble Bee Seafood Committed to Protecting the Ocean

June 18, 2020

The Bumble Bee Seafood Company has committed $40 million through an Accelerator Fund to help restore and protect the health of the world’s oceans and reduce the use of plastics over the next five years.


Why is reducing plastic pollution important?

May 29, 2020

Plastic is a part of all of our lives and in almost everything, we come into contact with on a daily basis. Each year over 300 million tons of plastic is produced and more than 8 million tons of plastic trash finds its way into the world’s oceans. The bulk of this pollution is made …

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Environmental group picking up tons of trash along the Illinois River

May 22, 2020

A Quad-Cities based environmental group is currently docked in Peoria to do a cleanup of great magnitude. Living Lands and Waters is out on the Illinois River picking up trash all along the banks and in the water. By the time they are finished with this project, they will have picked up nearly 25 tons …

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Illinois American Water Announces Over $25,000 in Environmental Grants for Water Source Protection

May 22, 2020

Illinois American Water is announcing environmental grants for eight watershed initiatives across the state. The environmental grant recipients will receive a share of funds totaling $25,672 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. According to Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water President, including the 2020 commitment more than $247,000 in environmental grants will have …

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How does plastic waste affect marine life?

April 28, 2020

Each year, an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, most of it plastic, finds its way into the world’s oceans. How does this plastic waste affect marine life? Multiple studies have been performed showing that this plastic pollution from plastic bags to microplastics is causing a huge disruption in the ecosystem. It has been estimated …

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How Can We Solve the Plastic Waste Issue at Ground Level?

April 22, 2020

Do you want to do your part to save the planet that we all depend on and help solve the plastic waste issue? Plastic pollution continues to run rampant across the globe. It’s particularly a problem in bodies of water. Despite this unfortunate reality, there’s plenty that you can do to make a difference and …

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Discarded coronavirus face masks and gloves rising threat to ocean life, conservationists warn

April 20, 2020

The rise in disposable face masks and gloves being used to prevent the spread of coronavirus is adding to the glut of plastic pollution threatening the health of oceans and marine life, environmentalists warn. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order, effective this weekend, that New Yorkers must now wear a …

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Beach Bouncer and Brute Boom being used by 4ocean in Guatemala

March 2, 2020

Elastec’s Beach Bouncer and Brute Boom barriers are being used by 4ocean to help control floating plastic trash and debris in their Guatemala project. 4ocean has been expanding its operations in Guatemala to access some of Central America’s most polluted rivers. Their mission is to help end the ocean plastic crisis and stop the inflow …

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Trash along Harrisburg’s 3rd Street is building in storm water assets

February 12, 2020

Excessive amounts of garbage have been collecting in storm water assets along 3rd Street. “This was all full of trash, not just from a day or so,” said Elizabeth Hall, a resident of the Midtown area. “There is no reason why, once a week, they can’t come here with a crew and pick up the …

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