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Whole Foods will ban plastic straws and offer smaller produce bags

Responding to customers' demands, Whole Foods is ramping up its war on disposable plastic.

The Amazon (AMZN)-owned company announced Monday that will stop offering plastic straws across all of its 500 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Whole Foods claims it's the first national grocery chain to make the environmentally friendly move.

The company currently offers plastic straws to customers at its juice and coffee bars, as well at its cafes. It will start offering paper straws beginning in July. Plastic straws will still be available for customers with disabilities, upon request.

Whole Foods will also reduce its plastic usage in other parts of the store. It will also offer smaller plastic bags in the produce department and will start using new bags for its rotisserie chickens that use 70% less plastic than the hard plastic cases they will replace.

"We recognize that single-use plastics are a concern for many of our customers, Team Members and suppliers, and we're proud of these packaging changes, which will eliminate an estimated 800,000 pounds of plastics annually," Whole Foods' chief merchandising officer AC Gallo said in a statement.

The company stopped offering disposable plastic bags in 2008. It now only offers paper bags, and it sells reusable plastic bags.

Top retailers and companies have been cracking down on using plastic because of the material's environmental damage.

Plastics are expected to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 and massive amounts of it have piled up in landfills, some emitting greenhouse gases and contributing to global warming over the near-eternity they take to degrade.

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Democrats and environmentalists started pushing the use of plastics on us years ago, and now that we are choked up with the stuff in our landfills and oceans, they decide to switch back to what we were using before. Next everybody will learn they have done the same thing with global warming.

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bleep liberals! they have accomplished nothing over the decades but burden americans with needless sheet like separating our trash. it was so much easier when we could just throw it all in the basket and take it outside as is.

when are they gonna have a problem with slim jim wrappers?

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Undersea explorer goes deeper than any solo diver in history and finds plastic

Victor Vescovo set out to break the world record for the deepest dive in history, but while he was at the bottom of the ocean, he came up with another argument for fighting plastic pollution.

Vescovo, an American undersea explorer and Dallas businessman, spent four hours exploring the Challenger Deep, the southern end of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, as part of a mission to chart the world’s deepest underwater places. While he was (hat tip to Adele) rolling in the deep in a submersible designed to withstand the immense pressure of life on the ocean floor, he set a record for the deepest solo dive in history, at nearly seven miles, besting the record set by Titanic director James Cameron in 2012.

According to the BBC, he also discovered four new species of sea creatures, including what the BBC calls “prawn-like crustaceans,” and something less charming–a plastic bag. That means that human waste has spread from the top of Mount Everest to the world’s rivers and much of its soil, and to the deepest places in the ocean. Great job, humans. Per the BBC, the scientists plan to test the creatures they collected to see if they contain microplastics, which are everywhere (yes, everywhere).

Details of the voyage, which was undertaken on May 1, were released for the first time on Monday as Vescovo strives to explore all the deepest points of the planet. His mission to explore the largely unexplored oceans is being documented by the Discovery Channel for an upcoming series. According to Newsweek, Vescovo’s next expedition will be to the bottom of the Tonga Trench in the South Pacific, where he will undoubtedly also find traces of humanity’s plastic problem.

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He probably found the plastic lunchbag from an environmentalist who wanted to save us from cutting down trees.

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San Francisco bans plastic bags after admitting they polluted the planet, but their liberal newspaper still uses them.

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There's Way Too Much Trash on Mt. Everest

As far as spring cleaning goes, there are few jobs bigger than Mt. Everest. Standing at 29,029 feet, the world's tallest mountain above sea level has long been overdue for a cleanup effort. After just two weeks in, the endeavor has already yielded more than 6,600 pounds of trash that humans have left on the summit—and four dead bodies.

The Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign, named after the Nepali word used to describe Everest (it loosely translates to "sky head"), began on April 14. An official effort from Nepal's government, it involves the country's military, tourism board, ministry of environment, and local governments and costs over 23 million Nepalese Rupees, or roughly $206,000—and it's just getting started.

The cleaners will ultimately collect around 11,000 pounds of garbage from the Base Camp area; 4,400 pounds from the South Col region; and 6,600 pounds from the Camp II and III areas, according to Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general of Nepal's Department of Tourism, in an interview with The Himalayan Times. That comes out to approximately 11 tons of trash.

Cleaning up the highest peak in the world is, as you'd expect, much more difficult than cleaning out your house. Hiking up to the Base Camp alone (17,700 feet high) on the southern side takes several days. The windy South Col region (25,938 feet) is an entry point into Everest's death zone, a mountaineering phrase for locations where the oxygen is insufficient for humans over an extended time period.

The trash itself is wide-ranging. Empty cans, bottles, plastic, and discarded climbing gear litter the Base Camp, to the extent that a military helicopter has been brought in to take the non-biodegradable trash to nearby Kathmandu.

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So much for the theory that mountain climbers are real environmentalists, they have left Mt. Everest worse than a homeless camp.

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they were so oxygen deprived they must not have realized that they were littering.

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Malaysia to return 3,300 tons of waste back to several countries

Malaysia has vowed to send back 3,300 tons of plastic waste to countries, including the United States, that it says illegally dumped the non-recyclable garbage after a ban in China forced cargo ships to reroute their trash to nearby developing countries.

Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin told reporters outside Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday that 10 containers of non-recyclable plastic waste are set to be shipped back within two weeks to several countries that smuggled the garbage in to illegal processing facilities last year after a trade ban in China prevented the import of plastic.

Yeo said that 60 total containers will be sent back to their country of origin.

Some of the items included cables from the United Kingdom, contaminated milk cartons from Australia and compact discs from Bangladesh, as well as bales of electronic and household waste from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and China.

"This is probably just the tip of the iceberg (due) to the banning of plastic waste by China," Yeo said according to The Associated Press. "Malaysia will not be a dumping ground to the world ... we will fight back. Even though we are a small country, we can't be bullied by developed countries.”

Malaysia’s announcement follows Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat earlier this month that he would forcibly ship back dozens of containers of garbage to Canada after it failed to meet Duterte’s May 15 deadline to take the waste back.

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Please accept our containers of plastic gifts from the environmentalists, thank you.

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