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Victory! Strong Microbeads Bills Clears California Assembly!

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the California Assembly passed the world’s strongest microbeads legislation in a 58-11 vote. Microbeads, which can be found in everything from facial scrubs and soap to toothpaste and makeup ,show up on ingredient labels under their material names: polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate or polymethyl methacrylate....

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How Many Boxes Would Your Stuff Take?

Moving is one of the more dreaded human activities, just ahead of a root canal and behind in-person license renewal at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This morning, as I write this, I’d take dental work over having to go back into the maze of dust and Stuff that is...

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Microbeads Movie Launch Press Release

Story of Stuff Project Releases New, 2-Minute Microbeads ‘Explainer’ Animated Video Supports Legislation to Ban Polluting Plastic Microbeads introduced in many States and U.S. Congress Download the Press Release Berkeley, CA — On Wednesday, May 6th, the makers of The Story of Stuff, The Story of Bottled Waterand seven other...

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Your Microbeads Movie Is Almost Here!

We are absolutely thrilled! Because of support from this Community, we are close to wrapping production on the new Story of Stuff microbeads movie. We were overwhelmed by your generosity when the Story of Stuff Community came together and raised 100% of the funds needed for the movie. Thanks to you, now we...

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It’s Community Launchpad!

The Story of Stuff Project is piloting an exciting new program called Community Launchpad – designed to help amplify Community-led projects around the globe. As of early April 2015, we’ve received over 150 submissions to Community Launchpad. We’re deeply impressed by the creative and inspiring ideas in these proposals! While each proposal is unique, one thing is clear:...

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We’re Taking The Story on the Road!

By Natalie Nava The Story of Stuff may be coming to a city near you! On a typical day, our team of nine is hard at work in a sky-lit attic space in beautiful downtown Berkeley, California. Yet we work closely with members of our global Community every day, from...

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Can the Tiny House Movement Help Cure our “Stuffocation?”

by Matthew Lewis, Yerdle I’ll admit it: I’m obsessed with tiny houses. I’m delighted by the concept of a whole house – kitchen, bedroom, living room, bathroom – that’s less than a few hundred square feet. The incredible attention to detail, the challenge of designing an efficient and livable space,...

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Meet Michael O’Heaney

When Annie Leonard transitioned to leading Greenpeace USA, many of you wondered, who would take the reins at the Story of Stuff Project? The answer: Michael O’Heaney. Michael works tirelessly to grow the power of this amazing Community and has been with the Project for over five years. We recently...

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Our Governments Won’t Lead on Climate Change. So We Will.

People in the Philippines and Australia Come Together for Climate Justice “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change…. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts...

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Think Global, Act Together: Community Launchpad

By Emma Cape   One thing we learned from our 2015 Community Member Survey is that our Community is excited to see The Story of Stuff Project focusing energy on empowering local communities to make change. Our movies have helped inspired a Community full of changemakers and visionaries to address the take-make-waste economy in countless creative...

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NYC to Bill de Blasio: Pass. This. Bill.

by Shana DeClercq Made from fossil fuels. Shipped around the world in carbon-emitting boats, trains, and trucks. Used once, sometimes for as few as five minutes. It then often becomes litter – trapped in trees, poisoning wildlife, polluting waterways. It’s the single use plastic bag. And New Yorkers are so...

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You Spoke. We Listened.

By Emma Cape. The results from our 2015 Community Member Poll are in. Thousands of members responded to our request for input, and we’re incredibly impressed by your vision and passion for change! Your responses made it abundantly clear that the million-member strong Story of Stuff Community is chock full...

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With Project Ara, Modular Phones Are Here!

December 2014: Project Ara’s first batch of modular phones has arrived. By Josh Morrow As Endgadget notes in it writeup: Yes, modular phones do indeed work; yes, you can take out a component without bricking the device; and yes, it can already run Angry Birds. The most obvious promise of Project...

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HOW TO: Buy Less, Give More

Community member Gus Morainslie is back with a terrific new poster. It’s all about how to have a rich and joyful holiday season – with way less Stuff. Does this image speak to you? Know any educators or parents who would like it? Please share! Go deeper: Download the high-resolution...

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Reclaiming the Holidays

by Allison Cook and Renée Shade, December 2011 At the end of November, I immediately–and frantically–started making to-do lists of presents to buy, searching blogs for holiday meal and craft ideas, looking for cheap flights, and trying to remember where I put my glue gun. The overwhelming feeling of holiday...

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