Tag: Plastics

When Cash Rules: A Local Researcher/Activist’s Fieldnotes on “Passive Locals” Living Around Mailiao’s Petrochemical Complex

Lin Hung-Yang , August 17th, 2021

Yunlin is a coastal county in Western Taiwan famous for its agricultural produce, also known as “the barn of Taiwan.” However, the exchange value of agricultural produce has…


Plastic Pollution Goes Far Beyond Litter by Gauri Pathak

Gauri Pathak , July 5th, 2021

Plastics in the oceans. Beaches littered with plastics. Images of whales and cows with plastics in their bellies. Calls for citizens not to litter, to throw away trash…


Data Activism and Petro-Public Knowledge “Across Borders”: The Formosa Plastics Global Archive

Tim Schütz , April 27th, 2021

When our research group entered the Formosa Plastics museum in Taiwan, the first thing we noticed was a massive piece of kauri wood, sitting protected under a dome…


Not all marine fish eat plastics

Max Liboiron , January 28th, 2019

The Gulf Stream, which curves along the southern shore of Newfoundland, is saturated with plastics. Fish that feed from the surface waters, where plastics tend to accumulate, are…

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Pristine paradise to rubbish dump: the same Pacific island, 23 years apart

guestauth0r , July 17th, 2017

Remember, this is not waste that was dumped directly by human hands. It was washed here on ocean currents, meaning that this is not just about one beach…

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Stop Blaming Parents for Our Society’s Failures

Carie Little Hersh , April 24th, 2016

Yet another parenting article popped up in my Facebook feed this week. Not a How-To parenting article, which is annoying enough, but a You’re-Doing-Everything-Wrong parenting article. Generation X’s…

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Article Alert! Redefining pollution and action: The matter of plastics

Josh Lepawsky , January 19th, 2016

From the specific case of marine plastics, Liboiron’s paper offers a more general point that those of us who study discards need to remember to take seriously: How…

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Building DIY citizen science technology to see invisible marine plastics

Max Liboiron , December 21st, 2015

We’ve been working on the problem of making tiny, often invisible marine plastics visible through do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies. You can build your own and investigate your local environment.

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PLAN’s Plastic-Free Campus Manual

Max Liboiron , December 7th, 2015

The Plastic Free Campus Manual includes not only consumer alternatives to disposable plastics, but more importantly, organizing advice on running campaigns, working with administration, facilitating c…

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New Book! Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

guestauth0r , October 28th, 2015

The book considers the assemblage and emergence of a mass market for water, from the invention of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle in 1973 to the development of…

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The Ocean Conservatory’s Call for Mass Incineration in Asia: Disposability for Profit, Fantasies of Containment, & Colonialism

Max Liboiron , October 3rd, 2015

The Ocean Conservatory would like to burn 80% of the waste in coastal Asia with US-made incinerators. According to a wide range of experts and grassroots organizations from…

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The Power Behind Disposability: Why New York City’s ban on polystyrene was vilified, sued, and reversed

Max Liboiron , September 29th, 2015

On July 1 New York City banned disposable Styrofoam containers. First they were sued over the decision, and last week the ban was overturned. What is the big…

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LA’s Shade Balls: The ecological costs of plastics in water

Max Liboiron , August 16th, 2015

Putting 20,000 black plastic balls in water after people have been warned against throwing plastic into waterways has sparked a number of questions. Our plastic expert talks about…

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Plastic Marine Smog and Horizontal Smoke Stacks: Representations of Pollution as Knowledge

Max Liboiron , June 29th, 2015

Representations are the basis of human knowledge both in terms of how knowledge is made as well as how it is reproduced and circulated. They are the way…

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How the Ocean Cleanup Array Fundamentally Misunderstands Marine Plastics and Causes Harm

Max Liboiron , June 5th, 2015

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The Ocean Cleanup array, designed to clean plastics from the ocean like a baleen whale, is one of these…

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