As we celebrate Earth Day this month, we also want to highlight and reintroduce sustainable practices. Since the start of the pandemic, disposables have made their way into our lives through increased online shopping, the inability to use reusables in grocery stores, and from personal protective equipment purchases. Now, a year into the pandemic, there… Read more »
It is no secret that ethical shopping starts with taking care of the planet, which means going plastic-free. As companies begin to rethink how they package their products to reduce plastic consumption, they can look to refill shops for inspiration. Refill shops use a business model where customers return and refill plastic-free containers with various… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »