Sustainability News of the Week: Plastic pebbles, Wrangler for good, & the tea bag microplastic danger

by Oct 3, 2019

News of the Week

The new plastic pollution you may not even notice – National Geographic

The beaches in southern England are covered in plastic. Plastic pebbles. ‘Pyroplastic’ is a newly described form of plastic pollution transformed by fire, and it even has geologists stumped. Where it came from and how it made its way all the way to England is a mystery, but some say that the most likely sources are old landfill sites and waste being burned and dumped at sea. What risks do these plastic pebbles pose to the food chain? Will they become a part of the rock record? Only one thing is sure — plastic is everywhere.

Wrangler adopts a sustainable cotton platform – The Manual

Wrangler has embraced the “do well by doing good” message and their adoption of a sustainable cotton platform (among many other efforts) is evidence. Wrangler’s Director of Sustainability, Roian Atwood, says, “… We want to be positive, working closely with our partners, our supply chain, our workers, and our neighbors across the world. I think it’s really important that sustainability evolves, that it evolves with the team, and that it embraces a sense of urgency of today’s global issues.” The best part? Wrangler also believes in affordability.

There’s more in your cup than tea – CNN

Tea is supposed to be good for you, but if you’re enjoying commercial tea pre-packaged in tea bags, this ‘healthy’ coffee-alternative may be doing you more harm than good. Research shows that a single tea bag can release over 11 billion microplastic particles into your cup. What are the risks? Nobody knows yet.

Americans Say ‘Enough’ to Plastic

American consumers care about the problem of plastic waste more than ever – even more than climate change, in fact, our research reveals. We polled 1,000 Americans on environmental issues, and “plastics in the ocean” ranked as their top concern. Now is the time for brands to create solutions and tell their stories. Find out more in our free report.

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