Here are some short takes on plastics headlines from the past week: "Lego gets snapped at over girls' line of toys," from the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate.com. According to the story, "a pair of feminist activists" is unhappy with the new Lego Friends line of toys designed for girls. Characters in the Lego Friends line include Mia, an athlete; Olivia, an inventor; Stephanie, an animal lover; Emma, who enjoys fashion; and Andrea, who likes to sing and dance. The activists, Stephanie Cole and Bailey Shoemaker-Richards, started a petition on Change.org protesting Lego's marketing strategy. And more than 55,000 people have signed the petition. OK... "Plastic remains No. 1 pollutant on Jersey coast," from the Greater Media Newspapers chain in Manalapan, N.J. The story notes that according to Clean Ocean Action, 7,500 people participated in 2011 Beach Sweeps on the New Jersey Shore, and they collected 452,698 pieces of marine debris that had washed up in 65 locations. Some 83 percent of the total was plastic. There was some good news -- for the first time in 19 years, cigarette debris (filters, packaging, lighters and cigar tips) were not in the top three pollutants. So perhaps there's hope after all for changing consumer behavior. Thanks to all the volunteers who participated in the Beach Sweeps. Were there any Plastics Blog readers in the clean-up crews?
Some short takes...
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