Mission

Our mission is to expand our knowledge about plastics and how they impact our environment and our health.  Our goal is to provide the results of our findings to governmental policy makers and industry decision makers. We will also continue…

Current Research

We are currently working on two projects. The first is a long-term monitoring project examining plastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The second is participating in an international method standardization project to inform policy makers of the best methods…

Staff

Our laboratory will focus on research around micro- and nano-plastics and will be led by three individuals with more than 50 years of experience studying plastics in the environment. While two of the individuals have the same last name, they…

Featured Publications

Reporting Guidelines to Increase the Reproducibility and Comparability of Research on Microplastics

It all started with one tweet! Our very own Board Member, Win Cowger, tweeted out a message soliciting the opportunity to contribute to a paper on Reporting Guidelines for increasing reproducibility and comparability on research pertaining to microplastics. Twenty three…

Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

In 1997, environmentalist Charles Moore discovered the world’s largest collection of floating trash—the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (“GPGP”)—while sailing from Hawaii to California. Moore was shocked by the level of pollution that he saw. And in the last 20 years,…

BYO Store Provides Solutions

BYO Long Beach started at the beginning of 2017 with a goal to inspire locals to reduce their trash consumption and focus on reusable alternatives. Perfection is not the goal, but progress.  We can’t all do everything, but everyone can…

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