Plastic Free July

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In 2017, the City of Berkeley officially declared July Plastic Free Month joining international efforts to reduce plastic. Plastic-Free July is an annual event that began in Western Australia in 2011 and has spread across the globe. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to reduce their reliance on single-use plastic disposables, reduce plastic pollution, and push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis – during July and beyond.

With the world still trying to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been trickier than usual to avoid single-use plastic. The plastics industry worked hard to elicit fear and uncertainty around reusables as they take advantage of the current throwaway culture of our society and plague our world with disposable products giving us virtually no choice but to purchase plastic in some way. Though efforts to rollback the historical efforts to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic disposables and shift to reuse and waste reduction models have been somewhat successful, we must continue our forward momentum in combating the plastics crisis.

This year’s Plastic Free July programming was made possible with the generous support from the Altamont Education Advisory Board. Thank you!

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Your Zero Waste Home: Waste Auditing & Waste Alternatives
Saturday | July 9. 2022 | 11am-1pm

The first step of going zero waste is figuring out what items or packaging to eliminate. Take that step with our live waste auditing demonstrations! The event will include helpful ideas on how to replace problematic plastics in your life. Attendees can also enjoy discounted shopping on plastic-free alternatives at our EcoStore.


Plastic Free Pop-Up: Recycling 101
Tuesday | July 19, 2022 | 2-6:30pm

Do you know what’s recyclable in Berkeley? Come learn the basics of recycling with the Ecology Center Help Desk at the South Berkeley Farmers’ Market! Get your recycling questions answered and take home a prize for your recycling skills.


Plastic Free Gardening Workshop with Lori “CompostGal” Caldwell
Saturday | July 23, 2022 |11am-12:30pm [SOLD OUT], 1pm-2:30pm [SESSION ADDED]

In this two for one event, tour the Ecology Center EcoHouse yard and learn about gardening without plastics and toxics! Join CompostGal, Lori Caldwell as she leads an exterior tour of the house, highlighting all the sustainable features. After, there’s a talk about ways to implement plastic free techniques in your garden.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today!


Plastic Free Pop-Up: Plastic Free Eating
Saturday | July 30, 2022 | 10am-3:00pm

Whether you’re buying or bringing food, lunch can be a plastic-heavy time. Join us at the Saturday, Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market for hands-on help to make all of your dining experiences plastic free. Plus be sure to take home some tools to help your favorite local business go disposable free.


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