The Ecology Center is hosting Plastic-Free July, part of an international effort to stem the tide of plastic pollution. Plastic-Free July includes many opportunities to learn about and reduce plastic waste, from shoreline cleanups to hands-on workshops, films, and talks with experts. This year, the November ballot gives California voters the chance to ratify the California Plastic Bag Ban, an effective piece of plastic pollution legislation with roots in Berkeley’s Zero Waste Commission! The line up of Plastic-Free July events provides deeper understanding of “big picture” topics like the shifting sea of plastic products, recycling issues, and policy.
This series of events is co-sponsored by My Plastic Free Life, The Story of Stuff Project, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Plastic Pollution Coalition, City of Berkeley Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront, and Transition Berkeley.
JUNE 26 - MAKE YOUR OWN REUSABLE CLOTH FOOD WRAP
Sunday | June 26, 2016 | 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
Sticky Art Lab | 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703
Steer away from disposable plastic wraps with a reusable, safe alternative: wax cloth food wrap. In this workshop we will make our own wraps that can be used to cover containers in the fridge, keep bread, your lunch, or vegetables fresh. It even works well for cheese! We will discuss the different materials that go into this wrap, and you’ll be able to take one home of your own creation. A few different templates will be provided, including a sandwich wrap. We look forward to lots of plastic-free fun with you! Tickets available here.
JULY 7 - SOLUTIONS SALON: SHORT FILMS & DISCUSSION WITH BETH TERRY
Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 6:30 pm — 9:00 pm
BFUU Fellowship Hall | 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Led by plastic-free activist and author Beth Terry, Ecology Center, Transition Berkeley, and the BFUU Social Justice Committee present an evening of short films and plastic-free ideas to inspire your zero waste efforts!
Join us to view an assortment of short films about plastic pollution and consumption, share our triumphs and challenges around reducing plastic waste, and explore some fun, DIY solutions to replace common plastic household goods. Copies of Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free will be available for purchase and signing.
RSVP here or just drop in!
JULY 8 • PLASTICS: THE RISING TIDE
Friday | July 8, 2016 | 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Ed Roberts Campus | 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
The worldwide consumption of plastic continues to rise. And our strategies for dealing with plastic waste are simply not keeping up. Join this panel of experts to learn about the social justice aspects of waste, the plastic microfibers that are washing out of our clothing, and the collapse of plastics recycling. Plus, solutions that can turn the tide.
Martin Bourque, Ecology Center
Christie Keith, GAIA
Stiv Wilson, Story of Stuff
Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute
Co-sponsored by the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Free event, RSVP here.
JULY 16 • SHORELINE CLEAN-UP & BAG BAN ACTION
Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Berkeley Marina Shorebird Park | 160 University Ave, Berkeley
Be hands-on in removing plastic from our bay. We’ll head out to collect litter and record data, which will help change laws to improve the health of our ecosystem. An expert on California’s bag ban will share updates on this critical November ballot item. An expert from Clean Water Action will share updates on California’s bag ban – a critical plastic pollution issue and November ballot item. There will be a giant plastic bag art creation to inspire you! We’ll have a drawing & prizes for participants.
- Wear sturdy tie on shoes — no sandals, flip flops or crocks.
- Wear pants not shorts you might be kneeling on rocks/sand/dirt. Dress like an onion so you can peel off the layers as the temperature rises. It can be cold in the morning, and warmer in the afternoon and windy.
- People should bring: your own reusable water bottle and a hat, and sunscreen. Your own gloves and a reusable bucket — if you do not have them they will be provided.
All participants need to sign waivers, and children under the age of 18 need to have their parent sign their waiver.
Pre-register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note how many people will be in your party and what ages. We hope you will join us!
JULY 19-23 • PLASTIC-FREE WEEK AT BERKELEY FARMERS' MARKETS
Tuesday, July 19 – Saturday, July 23, 2016
Various, during Berkeley Farmers’ Market locations and hours
All three farmers’ markets will have special visitors, promotions, and activities to go plastic-free this week. Have you ever seen the bag monster? Bring a reusable cup to Thirsty Thursday North Shattuck market for special beer & music lineup.
JULY 1-31 • PLASTIC POLLUTION & SOLUTIONS PHOTO CONTEST
Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
Take photos of nasty plastic pollution or inspiring plastic-free strategies, and post them to Twitter or Facebook using the tag @EcologyCenter. On August 1st, we will select the two best photos for $50 gift certificates to the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets or Ecology Center Store!
PLASTIC-FREE JULY RESOURCES
- My Plastic Free Life – Beth Terry’s site and blog is full of ideas and strategies to eliminate plastic, drawn from her years of walking the talk.
- Plastic-Free July International – The hub for the international event.
- Plastic-Free July SF Bay Google Group – Connect with community members to share ideas, tips, or challenges.
(downloadable & printable PDFs)
- Plastic-Free Tips, created by our intern Sebastian Moraga