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 •  July 21

Humans make more plastic than just about anything. Since the 1950s, plastic production worldwide has exploded from about 2 million tons to a whopping 440 million tons in 2015, surpassing any other man-made material except for cement and steel. A total of 9.1 billion tons of plastic have ever been produced, with half coming in the last 13 years,...

Los Angeles Times

 •  February 6, 2014

The Subway sandwich restaurant chain said Thursday that it would remove an ingredient used in the production of foamed plastics such as yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes from its bread.
"The complete conversion to have this product out the bread will be done soon," Subway said in its statement.
The use of the ingredient -- azodicarbonamide -- was ...

Los Angeles Times

 •  November 25, 2012

In essence, the man told Jones, he was stealing the plastic to recycle it.
The plastic crates were ground into pellets and sold to plastic manufacturers, who turned the pellets into the same sorts of plastic pallets and milk containers that the man stole. Manufacturers then sold the new pallets and crates back to some of the same companies — ...

Los Angeles Times

 •  May 23, 2012

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a hard-fought victory to environmentalists and promising to change the way Angelenos do their grocery shopping.
The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 16 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, ...

Los Angeles Times

 •  September 7, 2011

Environmentalists celebrated the news and said they hoped that it would push Sacramento lawmakers to enact a statewide ban.
"We're thrilled," said Kirsten James, water quality director for Heal the Bay. "We're hoping that more of these local policies will be a wake-up call."
Her group has been lobbying Los Angeles officials to enact a ban since ...

Los Angeles Times

 •  April 21, 2011

The bioplastics industry may have a new symbol to slap on its products and packaging – an abstract plant to denote plastics made without petroleum.
More than 1,500 designers submitted entries into a contest seeking an icon to represent plastics created using potatoes, corn, wheat, tapioca, sugar, algae and other natural materials.
The competition, ...

Los Angeles Times

 •  November 17, 2010

Plastic bags are a pollutant. They pollute the urban landscape. They are what we call in our county urban tumbleweed," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
He expressed particular concern about bags entering the ocean via the county's storm drain system, where he said "they end up threatening rare, valuable, marine life in our oceans and degrading one ...

Los Angeles Times

 •  June 29, 2010

Second, this ban will not only be bad for the economy, it will be bad for the environment. Studies demonstrate that plastic bags leave a lighter footprint on the earth than paper bags. Yet the proposed law would promote more paper bags and harm our ability to recycle. Ironically, stores and consumers shifted to plastic bags was because of ...