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Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020.


Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Scientists say tiny bits of plastic are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried thousands of miles to some of the remotest corners of the planet.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Coke putting Dasani water in cans amid backlash against plastic

Coke will start selling canned Dasani in the U.S. Northeast next month, with plans to expand the product to other parts of the country in 2020.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Holiday Inn owner to ditch mini shampoos to save seas

The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage.


Ask Dr. Universe: Keeping trash out of ocean is easier than removing it

If this plastic bag gets into the ocean, an animal like a turtle or shark might mistake it for a jellyfish they want to eat and the bag will get …


Some churches are asking members to give up plastic for Lent

Chocolate, alcohol and Twitter are some of the popular indulgences many Christians give up during the period of Lent leading up to Easter. But this year, some churches are encouraging …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

Plastic grocery bag ban in Washington advances

Customers would pay most of the costs of paper replacements for a plastic bag ban, under a Senate proposal.


Yakima recycling options narrow as business cuts back

Central Washington Recycling will stop accepting aluminum, tin and plastic products Feb. 1.


Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups, bottles and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, …


Mixed materials: Garbage in the recycling is messing up the industry

On the concrete floor of Inland Empire Paper sat a 1,500-pound bale of waste paper ready to be recycled into new paper. The bale came from a modern single-stream recycling …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Starbucks, some Spokane coffee shops switching to eco-friendly straws

The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane …


The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020

Starbucks says it will become the largest food and beverage retailer to commit to eliminating plastic straws, a change it says it will complete by 2020.


Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image

Public awareness of the problem of plastic waste is swelling after alarming forecasts that there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. Plus the shocking images …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

Seattle to ditch plastic straws to curb plastic pollution

Dozens of restaurants and others in Seattle are joining an effort this month to drop plastic straws to curb plastic pollution.


There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world

More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.


Tacoma grocery bag ban moves forward

Tacoma’s proposed disposable bag ban is moving forward with allowances to keep low-income households from being nickeled every time they go to the grocery store.


The Rock Doc: Plastic bags could become biofuel source

My household accumulates quite a number of plastic shopping bags. Most come home with me from the grocery store. I use them to line the little garbage pail that sits …