Sara Goddard in Green That Life –
Most of us try to be environmentally conscious and reduce waste. We think that one major way to combat this increasing amount of waste is to recycle. It’s easy, right? One of these recycling myths is that we throw our recyclables in the appropriate bin and – poof! – they get transformed into shiny, new and useful products.
The problem is that it doesn’t really work that way.
Michelle Lou of CNN –
Forty tons may seem like a lot — it’s equivalent in weight to about 24 cars, or 6.5 fully grown elephants.
But the 25-day expedition probably barely made a dent. It’s estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year.
Lauren Collin in the New Yorker –
France’s young President is now Europe’s most forceful progressive. But violence at home and the success of right-wing parties throughout the Continent threaten his ambitions.