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Plastic straws are harmful to fish and birds, since its size makes it easy to ingest. Along with many other movements to ban plastic straws, McDonalds is testing out using paper straws in 1,300 of its stores.
All released balloons always return back to the ground as litter. Animals like birds, whales and sea turtles can die after swallowing balloons. Banning the sale, use, amd distribution of balloons will help with this impact.
Pounds and Pounds of food gets wasted every year. This new invention could really put a dent in food waste.
Two decades after they were last spotted nesting on Versova beach in Mumbai, Olive Ridley turtles appear to be returning to the shoreline that was once drowning in plastic waste. Picking up waste does make a difference!
The microplastics literature is growing at a tremendous rate. Every day, new studies are published about their sources, fate, and effects. There is no longer any doubt that microplastics of all shapes, sizes, and types contaminate diverse ocean habitats and animals.
We hope to see you at this years Earth Day Festival!
What are garbage patches and how are they affecting our oceans? This article gives a great explanation along with ways to clean them up!
Are you a resident of Pensacola Beach? You could be eligible to receive funding for turtle friendly lighting! Find out more about how you can help our sea turtles.
The UK is taking a financial step to stopping litter. By increasing the taxes on single use plastics, they hope to decrease the litter in their country.
Cheerios is giving away free Cosmos seed packets inside specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios boxes. Cosmos are super bee friendly and can help these endangered species.
Sonic Drive-In just rolled out a new burger thats not only better for you, but also better for the environment.
Rich Horner went for a dive to take in the ocean's wildlife, and instead he found plastic. A lot of it. He believes that this video will bring light to not only how plastic freely circulates in our oceans, but also overpopulation.
Please properly dispose of all bottles, cans, plastics, etc. this spring break.
In China, the population and pollution are both so dense that every little change makes a difference. 60,000 soldiers are now fighting to end pollution in their country.
Richart Sowa, a British artist, has found an extreme way to reuse plastic bottles. He created his own island in the Caribbean hotspot of Cancun. With the help of some mangrove trees, his plastic island floats in a lagoon. He is also utilizing wave, solar, and wind to power his oasis.
Thank you to 4th-grader Ellie, for sharing this great article on recycling plastic bottles! It's fascinating to see what happens after we drop our bottles in the recycling bin.
Join the newest fitness craze and save the environment at the same time! Check out this article about the benefits of "plogging."
By making little adjustments in your gift giving this year, you can make a big impact. Be sure to buy a potted plant instead of one wrapped in plastic for your Valentine.
After all the Mardi Gras festivities this weekend, are you looking for a way to reuse all those Mardi Gras beads? Check out this helpful article with 6 ways to recycle Mardi Gras beads!
Coral reefs can get sick, just like us. This article gives another compelling reason to recycle plastic bags.
Take a note from Super Bowl LII and make your at-home festivities zero waste too!
Want to help clean up the areas that you love? "Clean Your Block Party" is the perfect event to connect with your community and your neighbors.
On January 1st, China stopped accepting recyclable goods from various developed countries, including the U.S. For decades China has been transforming our garbage into consumer products and packaging and sending it back our way. Currently, recyclables are still being collected, however, some municipalities have already halted the curbside pick-up of the materials that are now banned by China. What does this mean for the future of recycling and the future of our environment?
Rutherford Seydel has created The Oxygen Project. He hopes to inspire people to take simple steps toward saving our planet's ecosystem. These small steps include: committing to a plant-based diet once a week, turning off the lights, and conserving water. As an incentive, Seydel believes people could become "half-millionaires" if they start implementing these changes soon.
This PNJ article highlights the volunteers who took part in the MLK Day of Service. A huge thank you to the students & staff from UWF and PSC who volunteered at our Mt. Zion Cemetery Cleanup on Saturday! For those interested in volunteering, this event will be on the 2nd Saturday of each month through April.
Turn your trash into holiday treasures! Check out these upcycled DIY decorations for a trash-free holiday!
Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. This BBC article dives into how the UN is tackling the world's plastic waste problem.
With all this holiday travelling, ever wish the side of the road was a little more eye-pleasing? Well, The Ray hopes to transform an 18-mile stretch of interstate in west Georgia into a net-zero highway: zero fatalities, zero CO2 emissions and zero endangered animal species living in proximity to the road. Check out this MNN article for more details!
A recent study of animals living in the Mariana Trench revealed that 100% of those tested had ingested plastic. This startling study and more is detailed in this MNN article.
Did you know: According to the Ocean Conservancy, November is Manatee Awareness Month. Check out this article for fun facts and how you can protect manatees!
Check out this article highlighting the monthly Mt. Zion Cemetery Cleanup event!
Peat & Pearls is less than two weeks away! Tickets are going fast! Reserve your spot today!
Check out this upcoming event! Reserve your ticket today!
With our oyster shell bagging event coming up this Saturday, this Nature Conservancy article provides valuable knowledge on oyster reefs and their effect on aquatic ecosystems.
Are you a fan of eating shellfish? You also are ingesting a little extra plastic with each clam/oyster/shellfish you eat. Biologist Sarah Dudas describes how microplastics are ending up on our plates.
As our ICC event gets closer, this article by Angela Nelson provides insight on why cleaning up our shorelines is so important!
What lies within the ice of Antarctica? Scientists are now studying DNA found in Antarctica's ice caves.
More than 50 species of marine fish are known to eat plastic in the wild. Plastic debris is indigestible for marine life. Fish that have ingested plastic debris have the possibility of ending up on our plates. Check out this article for more information!
Check out these 7 unrecyclable items that actually can be recycled!
Just Call Us the Fish Paparazzi
Check out this Ocean Conservancy blog post by Sarah Grasty regarding the West Florida shelf and her research project on the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.
Informational article by Dr. Matt Deitch, water quality specialist with the University of Florida. This article describes the impact of summer rain on the water quality of the Panhandle.
Today, millions of people will be given the rare chance to observe a total eclipse of the sun by the moon. This informative article gives facts and history of the Great American Eclipse. Don't worry if you miss today's eclipse, the next one crossing the US will be in 2024!
Did You Know: The Whale Shark is one of the world's largest fish. Because of their immense size, it can be quite difficult to conduct exams on whale sharks in the wild. This unique article dives into what it is like to draw blood from a Whale Shark.
Tiny houses are one small step towards lessening your environmental impact. Recently, Tesla unveiled a variety of home solar products by using a tiny house on wheels. This tiny house will be completing a cross country tour in Australia.
September is National Preparedness Month. Check out this article with helpful tips on preparing for an emergency/disaster.
George Leonard and Chelsea Rochman address how California is working to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic waste.
Check out this Ocean Conservancy blog entry regarding the recent changes in the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper season.
This Keep America Beautiful article shines the spotlight on Chelsea Yates, an 11 year old from Brunswick, Georgia. By posting notices on roadside storm drains, Chelsea reminds citizens that littering around storm drains can negatively effect marine life and the environment. Way to go, Chelsea!
Join the effort to keep our oceans waste free by downloading the Clean Swell app, available now in the Apple Store and Google Play!
One of the largest icebergs on record broke away from western Antarctica on Wednesday. The iceberg was recorded as about the size of Delaware and weighing 1.12 trillion tons.