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 »

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 »

Potluck Lunch & Workshop for Plastic-Free July this Saturday, 7/11/15

Potluck Lunch & Workshop for Plastic-Free July this Saturday, 7/11/15
We’re big fans of local activist Beth Terry, who offers practical and friendly advice on how to reduce plastic in your life, no matter how much you currently use. This Saturday, she’s hosting a potluck lunch and plastic-free living workshop with us, to explore inspiration, challenges, and solutions to address our plastic problem. Beth will… Read more »

Plastic-Free July: Events & Actions for Body, Home, and Planet

Plastic-Free July: Events & Actions for Body, Home, and Planet
This July, the Ecology Center, along with an array of cosponsors, will be hosting Plastic-Free July, a series of events for community members to learn, take action, get tips on reducing plastic waste, and connect with others who are concerned about the global problem of plastic pollution. Plastic-Free July is an annual event that began… Read more »

Watch Out for Plastic Industry’s Campaign to Overturn California’s Bag Ban

Watch Out for Plastic Industry's Campaign to Overturn California's Bag Ban
Last year, we celebrated a landmark environmental win as California became the first state to sign a bag ban into law. Now, the plastic industry has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the November 2016 ballot to overturn SB 270. They filed the paperwork last month, and more than 18 months away from… Read more »