Refill, Refuse, & Reuse at FillGood! Tips from Low-Waste Living Expert

Refill, Refuse, & Reuse at FillGood! Tips from Low-Waste Living Expert
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 »

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 »

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 »

What I Did for Plastic-Free July & How to Break Free from Plastic All Year

What I Did for Plastic-Free July & How to Break Free from Plastic All Year
 Nizam Porter was recently promoted to Youth Program Assistant at the Ecology Center. A Berkeley native, Nizam is passionate about building a strong, healthy, and conscious community. Here’s his reflection and photos from the Shoreline Cleanup he joined for Plastic-Free July. Get inspired and check out our next cleanup, September 11 at the South Berkeley Read more »