#SEENintheCity: Steel Chef Cookoff

March 25, 2019 Natalie Bencivenga The second annual Steel Chef Cook-Off, sponsored by Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants and Aramark, was held at the Ryan Arts Center at Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks on March 18. Three teams made up of local professional chefs and teens squared off in front of a sold-out crowd. The teams […]

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Allegheny Front: Plastic Straw Sculpture Draws Attention to Ocean Pollution

January 25, 2019 Kara Holosopple In the RiverView Cafe’ at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, kids take time out from the exhibits to sit down for a snack or lunch. This winter, they are joined by a giant, white seagull feasting on a colorful plastic fish. The seagull is made of plastic, too. It’s […]

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WESA: Sculpture Made From Recycled Straws Aims To Bring Awareness To Single-Use Plastics

January 22, 2019 Kathleen J. Davis An ocean scene made from nearly 27,000 recycled straws and other plastics debuted at the Carnegie Science Center last week. The large structure, called Straw Forward, depicts swimming sea creatures including a turtle, jellyfish and octopus, and a large white bird swooping over the water. The straws were collected […]

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Pittsburgh Current: Straw Forward Brings The Plastic Straw Pollution Conversation To Pittsburgh

January 22, 2019 Haley Frederick Among the national conversations that garnered major attention in 2018, perhaps the most unexpected was that of the plastic straw. Seattle became the first U.S. city to ban plastic straws and utensils in July of last year. Since then, others like San Francisco, Malibu and D.C. have followed with prohibitions […]

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The Almanac: Straw art installation highlights impact of plastic on the environment

January 21, 2019 Brad Hunt We may habitually toss stuff into garbage cans and put trash bags out by the curb, but our refuse still goes somewhere even when it’s no longer cluttering up our living spaces. “We can’t throw things away because there is no ‘away,’” according to Joylette Portlock, the executive director of […]

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Trib: Carnegie Science Center installation depicts waste, upcycling, from discarded plastic

January 17, 2019 Mary Pickles Through Feb. 15, Carnegie Science Center’s RiverView Cafè will display an exhibit depicting the fallout from single-use plastic waste and plastic pollution. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program’s Straw Forward demonstrates a community-wide, collaborative effort to inspire a conversation about the issue of plastic pollution from a local perspective. More than 25,000 plastic straws collected […]

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