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The "Circular Economy of Plastics" is the Greatest Toxic Greenwashing Hoax in History

"It’s the wild, wild West of product claims and labeling with no sheriff in town,”
Jan Dell, an engineer and founder of The Last Beach Cleanup

The New York Times, September 8, 2021

Environmental and Health NGO Group Comments to FTC on  U.S. Green Guides Review 

June 2022: Lawsuits Filed to Stop Illegal Sales of Plastic Bags in California

Public Statement by The Last Beach Cleanup on Plastic Bag Lawsuits (June 6 2022)-1_edited.
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The Last Beach Cleanup v. Gelsonsopnm' Markets

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Oct 2023 NEWS: Gelson's Agrees To Stop Plastic Shopping Bags & Remove Remaining Store Takeback Bins 

Halt the Hoax: End False Solutions to Plastic Waste and Pollution

74 NGOs ask California State Attorney General to
Stop False Recycle Claims on Plastic Products
(February 2022)

CA State Attorney General Announces Investigation into Plastic Recycling Deception by Petrochemical Companies
(April 2022) 

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The Real Truth About the U.S. Plastic Recycling Rate:

2021 U.S. Facts and Figures Report

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Plastic waste and pollution are harming the world's ecosystems and economies. Plastic bags and films fill landscapes and contaminate recycling and composting systems, endangering workers, and increasing costs.

Consumers across the U.S. are deceived by instructions to “Return the plastic bag to a participating store for recycling” or

"Store Dropoff" and sent on a wild goose chase with no benefit. Mixed post-consumer plastic film waste is contaminated and worthless.  Few takeback bins exist and there is no proof that collected materials are actually recycled into new products.

Read the California Recycling Commission Letter & Appendix of 80 Examples of Harmful Labels
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California retail stores should stop selling thicker plastic film bag since they are not “recyclable in the state” as required by law  (Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 42881). California has existing laws in place to regulate labeling and distribution of plastic bags and films to protect the State’s consumers, environment, and economy. Enforcement of existing laws will benefit Californians and reduce environmental and economic damage.

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Settlement of Lawsuit Against TerraCycle & 8 Global Product Companies

Environmental and Health NGO Group Comments to FTC on  U.S. Green Guides Review 

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Click to Read Comprehensive Comments by:

  • The Last Beach Cleanup

  • Just Zero

  • Plastic Pollution Coalition

  • Beyond Plastics

  • Center for Biological Diversity

  • Greenpeace USA


Real Actions to End Plastic Waste and Pollution

Global Cities & Plastic Pollution
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Partially funded by

National Geographic

Single Use Plastic Bans
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