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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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Four reasons we’re concerned about Mattel’s “digital nanny” Aristotle

In July 2017, the loving guidance of a parent or caretaker has new competition from Aristotle, a “digital nanny” from toy-maker Mattel. The internet-connected device, which includes a microphone and camera, is designed to live in a child’s bedroom from birth and be a constant companion as she grows up....

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Water is Life: Defending Flint’s Water Source

The Great Lakes Basin straddles the border between the United States and Canada, encompassing the largest surface freshwater system on Earth; only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water. At a time when a lack of investment in public water infrastructure has led to disaster in nearby Flint, Michigan, opposing the rise...

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The Story of Junk Mail

Junk mail is one of those annoying problems that everyone shares. In fact, the average American receives 40 pounds of catalogs and other junk mail every year! That’s a lot of paper. After it shows up unwanted in our mailboxes and clutters our homes, over 40% of that mail is sent...

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We asked, you answered, we listened.

In February of 2017, we asked our Community to share their perspectives at the beginning of a new U.S. presidential administration. We wanted to get your input on where we should focus our efforts, how much we should prioritize different strategies, and more generally, how our Community is feeling. We...

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12 Little and Big Things You Can Do

As Annie says in The Story of Stuff, one of the good things about a systemwide problem is that there are so many points of intervention! Here are one dozen ways you can make change: Join with others! It’s true that we should strive to make responsible day-to-day choices, but...

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How Do You Solve a Problem like Microfiber Pollution?

It’s often the case with big, woolly environmental problems that the first solutions to emerge are technical quick fixes or individual ‘consumer’ interventions, rather than systemic interventions. It’s easier to change a lightbulb than to build a sustainable energy system! Microfiber pollution is no different. On our Facebook posts for...

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Microfibers: Small Plastics, Big Problem

Rewind six years to 2011. I was on a sailboat with a team of maverick researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute trying to answer a simple question about plastic pollution: “How much is out there?” On expeditions covering each of the world’s major oceans, we sampled the water at various...

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Connecting the Threads: A Microfibers Research Guide

We’re delighted that you’re interested in our new movie on plastic microfibers! We’ve compiled a few resources to help you learn more about this issue. Please note that while our staff did not participate in these research efforts ourselves, we stand behind their respective findings. The research presented in these papers...

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Nestlé: Prove Your Right To Our Water

Walking down a steep, overgrown Forest Service access trail in the San Bernardino National Forest, I focused on holding my footing in the five inches of snow still clinging to the ground from a storm the week before. Normally, I would wait for better conditions, but I eagerly navigated the...

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Clean Water Doesn’t Happen By Chance: Save The EPA

For the last 29 years, Nestlé Waters has been sucking millions of gallons of water out of the San Bernardino National Forest with an expired U.S. Forest Service permit. The company spends less than $600 every year for the pleasure to bottle this water and sell it under the Arrowhead...

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Unbottle Water Campaign

Fights over public water are popping up around the United States and beyond—from struggles to ensure clean water access to efforts to secure public water sources and systems against privatization efforts. With no significant progressive, large-scale solution proposed to answer to the profound underinvestment in public water infrastructure—water ownership and...

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All Hands on Deck! How We’ll Move Forward in 2017

It goes without saying that 2016 has been a year we won’t soon forget! But with a New Year on the horizon, rather than focus on what’s wrong, I’m focused instead on what’s possible. Yes, there are many struggles looming. We’ll have to fight like heck to protect the environment...

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David Needs a New Slingshot

All around the world, beverage companies like Nestlé Waters have been locking up sources of clean drinking water, leaving local communities high and dry. Even in a time of deep uncertainty about the future of our hard-won environmental protections—and with corporations pushing harebrained water privatization schemes left and right—Nestlé’s water...

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