Field Notes

Meet Senator Ben Allen, Author of the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Producer Responsibility Act
Meet Senator Ben Allen, Author of the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Producer Responsibility Act
In late June of this year the California legislature passed SB54, a bill that can only be described as a broad, ambitious assault on the exploding plastic pollution problem. The idea of tackling this problem enjoys widespread public support, and that showed, as the bill passed with a bipartisan majority...
Chris Mauro • Nov 21, 2022
Why Extended Producer Responsibility Makes Sense If We're Serious About Recycling
Why Extended Producer Responsibility Makes Sense If We're Serious About Recycling
Our Dirty Little Problem Here in the U.S. we're pretty darn good at collecting waste. So good, in fact, that it's never a top-of-mind issue until garbage collectors strike. So when it comes to waste management most of us are under the impression we're doing a great job. And on...
Chris Mauro • Oct 17, 2022
Meet Dave Ford: Ringleader of the War on Plastic Pollution
Meet Dave Ford: Ringleader of the War on Plastic Pollution
Dave Ford, like many of us, is no fan of today's hyper-partisan atmosphere. He sees the damage being done and it doesn't sit well with him. But rather than complain about it, he's emboldening a chorus of voices intent on bringing common courtesy, common cause, and common sense to dialogues.As...
Chris Mauro • Oct 11, 2022
Can a Recyclable Padded Mailer Save Your Business and the Planet?
Can a Recyclable Padded Mailer Save Your Business and the Planet?
In the minute it'll take you to read through this post more than half million parcels will be readied for shipment worldwide. This year alone, more than 100 billion boxes will be shipped, and most will contain void fill protection made of single-use plastics. Online shopping has only accelerated this...
Chris Mauro • Sep 26, 2022
Why Support for Single Use Plastic Bans are Rising Worldwide
Why Support for Single Use Plastic Bans are Rising Worldwide
Solving the plastic pollution problem can seem a daunting task at times, but momentum is steadily building worldwide to do something dramatic. Over the last decade, the massive increase in single-use plastic production has resulted in very real world pollution problems, particularly in the global south, where the vast majority...
Chris Mauro • Sep 12, 2022
Caroline James Explains California's Groundbreaking Plastic Pollution Reduction Act and the Opportunities and Obstacles Ahead
Caroline James Explains California's Groundbreaking Plastic Pollution Reduction Act and the Opportunities and Obstacles Ahead
Caroline James is excited about California's new landmark anti-plastic pollution legislation. As the new Sustainability Director for Atlantic Packaging, the largest privately held industrial packaging firm in North America, she will have - at the very least - a front-row seat to the historic discussions of how this very ambitious...
Chris Mauro • Sep 01, 2022