Tonight: Plastic-Free July Founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz Talks about International Zero Waste Movement

Tonight: Plastic-Free July Founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz Talks about International Zero Waste Movement
We welcome Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, visiting from Australia, to discuss how Plastic-Free July has grown into a world-wide phenomenon. The Ecology Center has been celebrating Plastic-Free July since 2014, in collaboration with activist and author Beth Terry, Berkeley’s Shorebird Park Nature Center, and other allies dedicated to pollution prevention. Come learn about how the Plastic-Free July… Read more »

From Here to China: Secrets of Plastic Recycling

From Here to China: Secrets of Plastic Recycling
We hosted a panel event as part of Plastic-Free July that asked: why do we send so much of our plastic waste to China for recycling? What actually happens to it once it’s there? Why don’t we handle our own plastic waste? With its “Green Fence” policy, China has become choosier about the plastic waste… Read more »

Plastic-Free July Show & Tell, Solutions Share & Picnic, 8/1/15

Plastic-Free July Show & Tell, Solutions Share & Picnic, 8/1/15
Get together with Beth Terry and Ecology Center staff this Saturday at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market for a casual picnic for Plastic-Free July! Bring any disposable plastic items you collected during Plastic-Free July. What were the hardest items or categories to reduce your plastic consumption of? Share challenges and successes and help others reduce… Read more »

From Here to China: Secrets of the Plastic Recycling Industry, 7/30/15

From Here to China: Secrets of the Plastic Recycling Industry, 7/30/15
Why do we send so much of our plastic waste to China for recycling? What actually happens to it once it’s there? Why don’t we handle our own plastic waste? With its “Green Fence” policy, China has become choosier about the plastic waste it accepts, while US residents are creating more plastic waste than ever.… Read more »

Why Is there Plastic in this Soap?

Why Is there Plastic in this Soap?
Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are used in bodycare products like toothpaste and face washes to help scrub (and begs the question: why?!). After they do the job that natural alternatives have done for thousands of years, they get washed down the drain. These tiny pieces of plastic are so small, water treatment… Read more »