plastics http://www.kplu.org en WWU to become largest public college in U.S. to ban bottled water http://www.kplu.org/post/wwu-become-largest-public-college-us-ban-bottled-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Western Washington University is poised to become the largest public university in the country to ban sales of bottled water. The school joins Evergreen State College and Seattle University in making the move.</span></p><p>For many young environmentalists, saying no to bottled water and yes to public taps is an easy choice and a cause they can get passionate about. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9210 at http://www.kplu.org WWU to become largest public college in U.S. to ban bottled water Exhibit inspires woman to try to avoid buying plastics for a month http://www.kplu.org/post/exhibit-inspires-woman-try-avoid-buying-plastics-month <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plastics have only been in wide use since the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1940s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, yet they are everywhere, from sandwich bags to phones, to keyboards, to rain gear. Even the cans of soup in the grocery aisle are lined with it.</span></p><p>It's hard to imagine a world before these conveniences. What would your life be like without plastics?</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:14:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8810 at http://www.kplu.org Exhibit inspires woman to try to avoid buying plastics for a month Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water http://www.kplu.org/post/mount-rainier-national-park-poised-ban-sales-bottled-water <p>The disposable plastic water bottle is known for clogging landfills and choking marine life. As a result, 14 national parks no longer sell bottled water. And it looks like Mount Rainier National Park <a href="http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/blog/national-parks-bottled-water-free">might be next</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8204 at http://www.kplu.org Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water "Plastics Unwrapped" puts eyes on everyday objects at Burke Museum http://www.kplu.org/post/plastics-unwrapped-puts-eyes-everyday-objects-burke-museum <p></p><p>The&nbsp; University of Washington’s 113 year-old <a href="http://www.burkemuseum.org/">Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture </a>is debuting a new look and feel. Curators there say they want people to think more about everyday objects and how they evoke our place in the world.</p><p>“The Life Before You” is the new tag line encouraging visitors to discover and explore the Burke’s collections. First up, as the rebranding rolls out, is a new temporary exhibition called <a href="http://www.burkemuseum.org/plastics"><em>Plastics Unwrapped.</em> </a></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:12:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7437 at http://www.kplu.org "Plastics Unwrapped" puts eyes on everyday objects at Burke Museum Rent a living X-mas tree http://www.kplu.org/post/rent-living-x-mas-tree <p></p><p>What’s the best way to have a Christmas tree…and not feel like you’re killing it?</p><p>The <a href="http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Welcome.html">Adopt-a-Stream Foundation</a> in Everett says if you don’t mind something that looks a bit scrappy, you can have your tree and plant it too.</p><p>The foundation says it rented out 100 trees over this past weekend…and they have about 100 more available. They’ll be open 9-5 through Friday.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:50:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7397 at http://www.kplu.org Rent a living X-mas tree Rising rate of plastics ingested by birds off the coast of Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/rising-rate-plastics-ingested-birds-coast-washington <p>A <a href="http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/120718.html">new study</a> suggests there&rsquo;s been a dramatic increase in plastic pollution off the coast of the Pacific Northwest over the past 40 years.</p><p>That&rsquo;s after analysis of trash ingested by seabirds in Washington and British Columbia.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:40:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5706 at http://www.kplu.org Rising rate of plastics ingested by birds off the coast of Washington Study: Plastic in Pacific Ocean increased 100-fold in 40 years http://www.kplu.org/post/study-plastic-pacific-ocean-increased-100-fold-40-years The amount of plastic debris in the part of the Pacific Ocean known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has grown 100-fold in the past 40 years.<p>In a paper published today by the journal <em>Biology Letters</em>, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography report that most of that plastic has degraded into pieces no bigger than a fingernail. Wed, 09 May 2012 18:56:40 +0000 4967 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Plastic in Pacific Ocean increased 100-fold in 40 years 'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics http://www.kplu.org/post/bag-your-bags-king-county-says-troublesome-plastics <p>If you&rsquo;re confused about what to do with the plastic bags you get at grocery stores, you&rsquo;re not alone.&nbsp;</p><p>Many people know that they&rsquo;re bad for the environment and that they can be recycled, but how to recycle them is another question.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:30:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3208 at http://www.kplu.org 'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics