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The Day We Told Sprouts:
“Nestlé’s Arrowhead Water is NOT Sustainable!”

It was a blazingly bright midday at the height of summer. But that didn’t stop our members from coming out to make some noise at Sprouts Farmers Market stores across California, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. We called on Sprouts, one of the United States’ largest grocery chains, to stop carrying...

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Plastic Free July: How’s It Going?

Hey Story of Stuff community! How is your plastic free resolution going this month? Two weeks ago in the Story of Stuff office, Stiv, our campaigns director, challenged all of us in the office to take up the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge. We talked it over, and all of us agreed, like...

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Plastic Free July:
We’re Taking the Challenge,
Will YOU?

A few days ago I was getting some dinner out with my sweetheart, Erica, and we couldn’t finish our meals. We asked for the dreaded to-go container having forgot the Tupperware that normally lives in my car ready solve the to-go conundrum. We had our Klean Kanteen pint glasses with...

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Take a stand. Share your photo. Stop Nestlé.

At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. As Nestlé pumps out fresh...

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Never Look at Clothes the Same Way Again

Consider how many people there are in the world (the world population clock currently puts it at 7.4 billion). Then, think about their clothes. How many articles of clothing does each person have? Some have more, some have less, but even if each person averaged just 5 items, that would...

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Loop Scoops: Story of Stuff for Kids

Reboot Saturday morning cartoons with Loop Scoops and your child will never look at a juice box the same way again. Created via a partnership between PBSKids and The Story of Stuff, Loop Scoops are a great way to get the whole family talking about Stuff. And now, thanks to...

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We Went to Court Over Nestlé’s Actions on Public Land in California

On Monday morning, June 13, 2016, I represented the Story of Stuff Project and our Community at a hearing in our case against the Forest Service over Nestlé’s illegal removal of millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest in California. We’ve asked the court to turn...

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Taking a Closer Look at Nestlé’s Side of the Story

It all started a couple of weeks ago, when Nestlé jumped into our lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service. Nestlé claimed, in its amicus curiae brief (its “friend of the court” statement), that the U.S. Forest Service has no right to restrict Nestlé’s water removal from southern California’s San Bernardino...

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New Report Shows How Fracking and Mining are Hurting Indigenous Women

The first chapter of the Story of Stuff starts with extraction, or natural resource exploitation. As Annie Leonard says in the first movie, extraction is basically just a fancy word for trashing the planet. Recently WEA and Native Youth Sexual Health Network launched an important new initiative to help understand...

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She is a 25-Year-Old Environmentalist. Now She is Running for Congress.

Citizens around the globe are watching this U.S. presidential election year with horrified fascination. It is like a slow-motion trainwreck. Voters in the U.S. are frustrated with established politicians and our broken, gerrymandered political system. Many of the political candidates, at both the state and federal levels, are older, white...

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You Are Propelling People-Power Victories over Nestlé!

With our climate changing, how we manage our water has never been more important. In a primary election vote, ordinary people in Hood River County, Oregon stepped up and showed us how powerful citizen changemaking can be. For nearly a decade, Nestlé Waters has been attempting to gain access to water...

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These Young Women Stopped Plastic Pollution on Bali for Good

Bali. Island of gods. A green paradise. Or … a paradise lost. Bali: island of garbage? That’s how they start their TED talk. The young women onstage are confident, clear, passionate. They’re also not yet 18. Let’s rewind to the year 2012. The island nation of Bali was drowning in trash. And...

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Solder, Stitch, Patch: Fix Your Life with Repair Matters

So, your iPod battery won’t hold a charge, and your toaster now burns your bagels six months after you got it. What do you do with them? Throw them away? How many times have you heard someone say, “They don’t make them like they used to?”  Your grandmother’s stove or...

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The Nestlé Papers: What the FOIA Documents Reveal

April 26, 2016 Last week, I spent a couple of hours going through about 1,000 pages of documents related to Nestlé’s expired permit to take water from the San Bernardino National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service released that enormous stack of documents to us last Tuesday, in response to a...

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This Baltimore 20-Year-Old Stopped an Incinerator and Became an International Hero

“Baltimore holds a special place in American history. But it’s really a tale of two cities. Baltimore and to the south, Curtis Bay.” -Goldman Environmental Prize Curtis Bay is home to a medical-waste incinerator, a coal pier, and an array of chemical plants. But it’s also home to Destiny Watford....

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