Sustainability
The Story of Plastic Documentary Makes Case For Legislation To Deal With Single-Use Plastic

The Story of Plastic Documentary Makes Case For Legislation To Deal With Single-Use Plastic

It’s Oscar time so we are thinking about the best movies of last year and there were many great ones on environmental topics but one, in particular, made a splash when it premiered last October — “The Story of Plastic” — which takes viewers “on a global journey to Pennsylvania, Texas, California, the Philippines, Indonesia, China, and India, among other places.”

Why This Matters:  Films can help move public opinion on important issues — particularly issues that require such a big change in the way people think about and use and dispose of single-use plastics.

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One Cool Thing: Earth Day at 50

One Cool Thing: Earth Day at 50

On Sunday, February 2, Earth Day Network ran a full-page ad in The New York Times announcing a global day of activism to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020.  The advertisement ran nearly 50 years to the day that a full-page ad in The New York Times used the words “Earth Day” for the first time. […]

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Stewart Udall: Excerpts of “A Letter to My Grandchildren”

Stewart Udall: Excerpts of “A Letter to My Grandchildren”

My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge To My Grandchildren— This is the most important letter I will ever write. It concerns your future—and the tomorrows of the innumerable human beings who share this vulnerable, fragile planet with you. It involves changes that must be made if environmental disasters are to be avoided. The response […]

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Can This Year’s Super Bowl Score Zero?

Can This Year’s Super Bowl Score Zero?

The organizers of Super Bowl LIV at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium have a game plan to get to zero — they want none of the big game’s expected 160,000 pounds of waste to end up in a landfill.  Our friends at National Geographic reported this week that the organizers’ plan is that aluminum cups and cans (yep no plastic ones) will go to a recycling center, utensils and napkins to a compost facility, and the rest to a plant where it will be burned for energy.

Why This Matters:  There is no bigger stage than the Super Bowl to send a message about reducing our trash “footprint.”

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More Refillable Bottles, Less Ocean Plastic

More Refillable Bottles, Less Ocean Plastic

It’s not news that we’re in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis. As consumers become more conscious and cities try to tackle mounting piles of waste, plastics manufacturers are making no plans to slow down the production of virgin plastic. That’s a big problem and one outlined in Oceana’s most recent report on ocean […]

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One Cool Thing: Cute Sustainable Gifts

One Cool Thing: Cute Sustainable Gifts


Two years ago we featured Wendy Barnes Designs in our annual gift guide and had a super enthusiastic response from readers. Wendy creates adorable reusable straw/silverware bags (bc who wants their utensils to collect purse lint?) that are made from her original pen and ink print designs. Since we have many new readers we wanted […]

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