Oct 05, 2022

Three Hot Tips to Help the Ocean Cool Down 

Why is our ocean overheating? The main is that it is working overtime to protect us. An overheating ocean spells bad news for marine life and humans. But we can help. Here’s ho

Diver exploring kelp forest in the depths of Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine.
May 04, 2022

NH House Passes Irresponsible Waste Bill

“Our representatives let us down today,” said CLF attorney Peter Blair. “This effort disguises burning plastic as recycling and will spread toxic pollution into New Hampshire’s communities while keeping single-use plastic in production. Governor Sununu must veto this naked attempt to prop up the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our health.”

Pile of Plastic Bottles
Feb 09, 2022

5 Ways Big Beverage Sabotages Recycling Reform

Big Beverage companies drive the global plastic pollution crisis, thanks to the single-use bottles in which they sell their beverages. They also do everything they can to maintain the status quo by sabotaging efforts to reform our recycling systems. That’s why we’re exposing Big Beverage’s playbook – because we can no longer afford to let them avoid responsibility while we drown in plastic pollution.

beverage conveyer belt
Feb 09, 2022

Beverage Industry Blocking Recycling Progress

“For decades, the beverage industry has done everything in its power to keep our failed recycling systems in place and prevent new solutions,” said Kirstie Pecci, Director of CLF’s Zero Waste Project. “Most bottles and cans in the U.S. still end up buried in landfills, burned in incinerators, or littering our communities. We must hold Big Beverage accountable for the mess it’s made and invest in real solutions for bottle and can recycling.” 

Plastic pollution
Jan 12, 2022

Holding Producers Accountable for the Waste They Create

Manufacturers should not be allowed to reap profits while their toxic products and packaging harm our health and environment. Producer responsibility laws have the potential to drastically cut our waste generation and disposal, as well as their harms. And all while holding producers accountable.

pile of trash bags full of waste
Jan 06, 2022

Polluters Latest Greenwashing Scam? Pretending Plastics Are Part of the “Circular Economy”

During my recent stint on parental leave, I tried to disconnect from my Zero Waste work. But I quickly realized that there’s no off-switch for corporate greenwashing. So, I’d like to set the record straight. What does circular economy really mean? And why will single-use plastics and waste-burning technologies never have a place in it? Here are the answers.

plastic six recycling symbol
Dec 09, 2021

16 Zero Waste Gifts for Your Loved Ones this Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful (and wasteful) time of the year! As retailers bombard your inbox this holiday season, we challenge you to think outside the box – literally. To help you out, we’ve crafted a list of our top Zero Waste gifts to give this year.

Zero Waste gifts wrapped in cloth
Sep 08, 2021

How Plastic is Made Fuels a Toxic Waste Problem

Plastic is everywhere – even in the places you’d least expect, like chewing gum, tea bags, wet wipes, receipts, and microwaveable popcorn bags. Yet, manufacturers continue to make more and more plastic each year – even though how plastic is made fuels a toxic cycle of production, consumption, and disposal.

trash can filled with plastic waste
Jul 13, 2021

Governor Mills Signs Critical Waste Bill

“Maine’s current recycling system is broken,” said Peter Blair, Zero Waste Attorney at CLF Maine. “Cities and towns are paying exorbitant disposal rates for polluting products that are deliberately manufactured to be unrecyclable. It’s time plastic producers pay for polluting our air, land, and water with their products, and this law will finally hold them accountable.”