• Plastic Planet

    Take a moment and think about all the plastic you use. Plastic is in our homes, at work, in our cars, in our food, and in our bodies. We use it to brush our teeth, serve our food, and shovel snow. It’s everywhere and all but unavoidable.

  • Chemical Freeloaders

    Although bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical used to make plastic clear and durable, has come under widespread scrutiny for being a gender-bending toxin, most scientists still believe the body can easily eliminate it. Unfortunately, they’re mistaken, according to a new study from the University of Rochester.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Don't Drink the Water

    Even though bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap, many of us happily pony up, believing we’re paying for purity (cue images of picturesque mountain springs and tropical aquifers). But turns out we might not be.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • The Perils of Plastic

    Halfway between California and Hawaii floats the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—3.5 million tons of plastic trash, roughly twice the size of Texas. Known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, this 10 million-square-mile vortex of water bottles, plastic bags, and Styrofoam has grown tenfold every decade since the post-WWII plastics boom.

    By Nicole Duncan