Ocean Pollution

Huge companies like Walmart could slash single-use plastics — if they really wanted to.
InterContinental Hotels Group, which owns some 5,600 hotels, is phasing out single-use bottles to reduce plastic waste, and it's not alone.
In Germany, strict recycling laws are widely praised. But success masks a dark truth.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is teeming with plastic trash.
Some activists have touted reusable straws as eco-friendly, but many people in the disability community say plastic straw bans compromise their civil rights.
The U.S. creates three times the global average of waste despite representing just 4% of the world's population.
The country represents 4% of the world’s population but produces 12% of municipal solid waste, a stark contrast with China and India.
Plastic bags, straws, stirrers and plates may be outlawed in less than two years.
A new study estimates thousands of tiny plastics enter your body each year.
This year has become the mountain’s deadliest climbing season since 2015.
New research estimates the amount of plastic particles entering your body from beer, honey, bottled water and more.
Officials said a harsh winter led the desperate animals to try and find food in the Utah garbage heap.
There's a new plan afoot to stop tons of plastics from ending up in landfills.
The U.S., the world's top exporter of plastic waste, is among 14 countries that the plastic originated from, Malaysian officials said.
Plastic razors are a regular part of so many people's grooming routines. But are they just as bad for the planet as plastic straws?
Researchers found mountains of toothbrushes and flip-flops among 524,000 pounds of plastic junk on Australia's remote Cocos Islands.
It's not all about the packaging, but it's a very good start.
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Throwing plastic trash into open fires releases chemicals that are highly toxic to humans.
Most nations have banded together to tackle the crisis, but the U.S. keeps undermining their efforts.
Since World War II, mass-produced items like plastic cups and plates have been targeted toward average consumers. Now, we’re hooked on them.