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What Type of Changemaker
Are You?

Ever wondered how to start making change? Take the quiz and learn your changemaker type! Then keep reading to meet some of the changemaker types who exemplify the Story of Stuff Community! Builder Janine Benyus, biomimicry engineer Danny Kennedy, solar entrepreneur Wangari Maathai, movement builder Benton MacKaye, father of the Appalachian...

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A Growing Global Movement to Break Free From Plastic

There is now one ton of plastic for every person on Earth – over half of which has been produced in the last 13 years. But we can no longer ignore the consequences of our plastic habit, which is devastating people and ecosystems in every corner of the globe. Plastic...

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Update on Nestlé: Michiganders are Leading the Way to Taking Back Public Water

The Swiss multinational Nestlé has been facing increasing scrutiny in Michigan. Outside of the small town of Evart, a mere 128 miles from Flint, Nestlé is attempting to increase how much spring water it is taking for water bottling. Nestlé submitted an application with Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)...

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Zero Waste Revolutionaries

Meet the changemakers behind #breakfreefromplastic who are pushing for real solutions When you think of zero waste, who comes to your mind? Here in the United States, people like Lauren Singer are often front and center. If you aren’t familiar with Lauren, she’s the Brooklynite twenty-something who fit five years worth...

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Where Away Is: Our Research Trip for The Story of Plastic

Our team landed in Surabaya, Indonesia, to meet an activist we met at the #breakfreefromplastic strategy meeting in Bali. Traveling in this region is hectic, and one must factor in incredible amounts of travel time to deal with traffic. As such, our day began at 4:00am to meet our host...

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That Time We Met Up With Dozens of Changemakers in Bali

Our Journey to Break Free From Plastic Last week, changemakers from over 20 countries converged in Legian, Bali, Indonesia to strategize on the projects aimed at curbing the plastic tide covering our streets and killing our oceans. The Story of Stuff Project has been a key organization in bringing the...

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Plastic Free Challenge – “Remember Your Reusables” posters

We’re challenging you to take Citizen Muscle actions that will help reduce the use of disposable plastics in your community. Need an easy way to get started? We created these printable posters that you post inside your front door or hand out at local stores and coffeeshops. If you stick these...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – Take Action in Your Community

Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. This post archives the third weekly email to Plastic Free July participants. We offered some ideas to help your community break free from plastic: Ask...

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In Montana, Citizen Muscle vs. Water Bottlers

Residents and activists in Flathead Valley, Montana, are one step closer to stopping a water bottling plant proposal in their scenic community! After locals learned that Montana Artesian Water Co. was working toward the construction of a new bottling plant with plans to withdraw over 230 million gallons a year...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – Raise the volume on plastic pollution

Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. This post archives the second weekly email to Plastic Free July participants. We asked the Community to help us raise the volume on the conversation about plastic...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – “Remember Your Reusables” posters

Happy Plastic Free July!  We are challenging you to take Citizen Muscle actions that will help reduce the use of disposable plastics in your community. Need an easy way to get started? We created these printable posters that you post inside your front door or hand out at local stores and...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – Tips for a month without plastic!

Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. If you took the pledge after July 1, you missed the first email with tips for avoiding plastic for an entire month. But fear not, we’ve archived that...

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Goldendale Goes Nestlé Free

Last year, Cascade Locks, a small town in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, passed a county-wide ballot measure that stopped Nestlé from building a new water bottling plant and trucking the town’s precious resource away for profit. This tremendous victory against the multinational corporation galvanized the region and inspired other towns...

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That Day the Break Free From Plastic Movement Spoke Up to the American Chemistry Council

June 19, 2017–Monday morning, attendees of an American Chemistry Council-sponsored conference in Newport, Rhode Island, who may have expected coffee and bagels at the entrance of the Viking Hotel, were instead met by a 20-foot banner that read #breakfreefromplastic. Inside, in his keynote address, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), an outspoken...

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Who Owns the Water?

This week, CBS Los Angeles aired a segment about Nestlé’s Arrowhead water bottling operation in the San Bernardino National Forest after a recent roadside protest by local activists brought the issue back to the media’s attention. Unfortunately, the network’s representation of this story was heavily skewed in Nestlé’s favor and...

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