A few months ago, one of our wonderful volunteers Jessica Encell gave a presentation at the Archer School for Girls, and clearly made an impression! Following her talk, a group of Archer students chose plastics as their class project for Environmental Science, focusing on Polystyrene lids from Starbucks coffee cups – and learned some [...]
5 Gyres Partners With Tulane Law School To Create Dedicated Law Journal For Plastic Pollution
(Guest Post By Lisa Kaas Boyle, 5 Gyres Board Member and Legal Advisor) You could call it a match made in petrochemical heaven. 5 Gyres Institute, the nation’s leading science and policy based institute dedicated to eradicating plastic pollution has paired with Tulane Law School, home to one of the nation’s strongest environmental law programs, [...]
Join 5 Gyres and HDX mix for a special screening of Plastic Paradise!
If you haven’t yet seen Angela Sun’s amazing and powerful film Plastic Paradise, Feb. 24th is your chance! There are still tickets available here for the February 24th screening in Santa Ana, followed immediately by a Q+A with filmmaker Angela Sun, 5 Gyres Co-Founder Anna Cummins, HDX Mix CEO and 5 Gyres Board Member [...]
Round 2: 5 Gyres Introduces Legislation With CA’s Assemblyman Richard Bloom To Ban Plastic Microbeads
My my what a busy week. As we reported earlier this week, 5 Gyres announced legislation to ban personal care products containing plastic microbeads in New York. Strategically, it was our goal to get several states to introduce our legislation concurrently, and we’re pleased to announce that this legislation will be introduced on the Left [...]
5 Gyres Introduces Legislation With NY Attorney General To Ban The Microbead
Well, it’s been a wild ride for 5 Gyres for the past 1.5 years. Today, after months of work with New York Attorney General’s Office, 5 Gyres introduces legislation with NY’s Attorney General to prohibit the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads. For those of you new to the issue, 5 Gyres completed [...]
Swedish Nurdle from Marcus Eriksen on Vimeo. We know that these plastic pellets absorb all kinds of toxins, like little sponges. Researchers Chelsea Rochman and Mark Browne published an article in the journal Nature demanding that plastic in the ocean be classified as hazardous waste. They are right. Rochman just published evidence of flame retardants in [...]
Does Toxic Laden Plastic Ingested By Fish In The Wild Transfer To Their Tissue? YES.
Earlier this fall 5 Gyres Ambassador and Advisor Dr. Chelsea Rochman gave an interview with 5 Gyres regarding her research on chemical transference to fish after they ingested pollutant inoculated plastic in a lab setting. Dr. Rochman’s study showed that this phenomenon does in fact occur, which was perhaps the most important scientific research gesturing [...]
5 Gyres Pushing The Frontier Of Plastic Pollution Science
5 Gyres will be at sea for 3 weeks crossing the N. Atlantic Subtropical Gyre from the Bermuda to Iceland. Departing on June 7th, there will be 9 seats for guest crew, who will participate in every aspect of sailing as well as learn about plastic marine pollution from expert scientists onboard. Our scientific work [...]
5 Gyres Exposes Microplastics In The Los Angeles River
After many years of sampling the world’s oceans for plastic pollution, we are traveling upstream where we can better identify the products and their source, because you can’t point to a company or country from the middle of the gyres. What we also know is that it’s the little stuff, the microplastic particles less than [...]
Students, teachers, schools – time to submit your solution to plastic pollution!
Teachers and students – there’s still time to submit your idea for solutions to plastic pollution! We’ve extended the deadline till February 17th, to allow some more students to participate. This is a chance to win $500 towards your project to reduce plastic pollution on your school campus, as well as lots of other [...]