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 »

Tiny But Toxic Microbeads Could Soon Be Banned in California!

Tiny But Toxic Microbeads Could Soon Be Banned in California!
Our friends at the Story of Stuff have been busy battling a tiny but toxic threat: plastic beads that are used in cosmetic products like face washes, scrubs, even toothpaste. After they head down our shower and sink drains, these little bits of plastic are too small for water treatment plants to capture, so they… Read more »

The 7 Most Mind-Boggling Things About Bottled Water

The 7 Most Mind-Boggling Things About Bottled Water
Why is bottled water so expensive? That’s the question business editor Derek Thompson of The Atlantic started with. His answer points repeatedly to how much more efficient tap water is, both for our wallets and the environment. Check out the stunning facts he revealed below, and the video from The Atlantic’s “Economics in Plain English”… Read more »

Plastic Health Harm: Your Body and the Global Community, 6/27/13

Plastic Health Harm: Your Body and the Global Community, 6/27/13
The final event in our Breaking the Chains of Plastic event series focuses on consumer plastics, and the hidden, global story these everyday products take through their production, use, and disposal. Sorting through the news about health harm, there can be too much information or not enough, leaving it unclear how to respond. How do… Read more »

NY Times Covers Bag Bans, Just in Time for Bag Ban Vote in California Legislature

NY Times Covers Bag Bans, Just in Time for Bag Ban Vote in California Legislature
“Is It Time to Bag the Plastic?” reads the headline of a bag ban article in Sunday’s NY Times. The piece provides a snapshot of different plastic bag ordinances across the country. The timing is spot on for us in California –  a statewide bag ban is one week away from a critical vote in… Read more »