Myths vs. Facts: Dispelling 5 Myths about Reusables During the Times of COVID-19

Myths vs. Facts: Dispelling 5 Myths about Reusables During the Times of COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run its course, human and environmental health are at risk. An alarming resurgence of single-use plastics threatens our climate and hard-won progress towards reducing our reliance on single-use plastic disposables. In recent years, we have celebrated enormous wins, including homegrown campaigns across the nation focused on the fight against… Read more »

Ecology Center in the Making

Ecology Center in the Making
A Brief Retrospect by Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque Historic Change HappensEcology Center was born at a turning point in our nation, with Berkeley, California, as one of the epicenters for a social revolution. It was 1969, and the social fabric was being pulled in all directions—it was coming undone. The anti-war movement, the… Read more »

Reusables Become a Reality—A Reusable Cup Service Pilot Update!

Reusables Become a Reality—A Reusable Cup Service Pilot Update!
by Denaya Shorter, Community Engagement Program Director Almost five months into Berkeley’s first Reusable Cup service pilot, and the program has already received over 1300 sign-ups! With eleven participating locations on the UC Berkeley campus and in the Telegraph Avenue area in South Berkeley, the Ecology Center and Vessel partnership program, launched in September 2019,… Read more »

Trying to Recycle That Plastic Bag? The Odds Are Nine to One It’s Not Happening

Trying to Recycle That Plastic Bag? The Odds Are Nine to One It's Not Happening
It can feel impossible to get away from using plastic. In our consumer world, plastic is everywhere and deciding what to do with it, can be confusing. More than 4.83 million tons of plastic film has been generated to date and only about 9.1% of that plastic is recycled. The Ecology Center Helpdesk fields dozens… Read more »

Vessel Reusable Cup Service Launches

Vessel Reusable Cup Service Launches
We’re excited to launch the Vessel Reusable Cup Pilot this Wednesday, September 18, 2019. A First for Berkeley and for California, this pilot leads the way in replacing single-use disposable cups with a reusable, thermal, stainless steel alternative. It is a step forward in the Reusables Revolution! Join us this Wednesday, 9/18, at 8:00 am… Read more »