Oregon lawmakers consider banning Styrofoam to-go boxes and allowing customers to bring their own containers
Oregon is steps closer to banning styrofoam to-go containers. Learn more here.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Would you like that to go?
In Oregon, two bills could soon play into that question for people dining out. Under Senate Bill 543, lawmakers are considering banning Styrofoam to-go containers in Oregon as well as so-called “forever chemicals” known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“Polystyrene is a threat to the health of our communities and our land,” said bill sponsor Senator Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro). “This is a step towards a more sustainable and mindful approach to consumption and a commitment to preserving the health, beauty and diversity of Oregon for generations to…
This company is making whirlpools to clean microplastics from waterA German company, Wasser 3.0, has developed a way to clean microplastic pollution before it reaches the ocean. Learn more about it here. CNN —
Microplastics contaminate the whole planet, from Arctic ice to Mount Everest. The tiny particles, less than 5 millimeters in diameter, are in the air we breathe, and have been found in human placenta, blood and lungs.
Scientists estimate that there are at least 14 million metric tons of microplastics on the ocean floor, and while all kinds of plastic debris are considered bad for the environment, these…