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Microfibers: The Biggest Little Problem You’ve Never Heard of

Guess what!? We are making a new movie! We are getting ready to blow the cover off a growing but little-known pollution problem: microfibers. Plastic pollution has become one of the biggest and most well known threats to aquatic ecosystems, with media stories trumpeting the ‘Texas-sized garbage patch’ in the middle of the Pacific...

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Pashon Murray: Not Afraid to Get Her Hands Dirty

Pashon Murray is no stranger to waste. Growing up, her father owned a small waste management company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Whenever he took her on his trips to the landfill, it confused her that there was so much being thrown out. “It never made sense to me to be...

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Skip the Toxic Headache: It’s Back to School ‘Not Shopping’

It’s that time again – the start of another school year, and parents need to buy clothes, backpacks, and school supplies. The list seems to get longer every year. Parents armed with lengthy, specific school supply lists are frantically searching stores for a soft zippered pencil bag (no hard cases...

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Back-to-School Shopping? Check Out This Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies

If you are a parent of a school age kid in the U.S., it’s hard to avoid the back-to-school marketing that is in full swing, even with a few weeks of summer vacation left. The last thing most kids want in the middle of a sunny August day is to be...

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Soon Your Clothes Could Be as Recyclable as Glass or Paper. Really.

So: we’ve been tracking trends in apparel, from fast fashion to sustainable design. Which brings us to the question, “What happens to that $8 shirt” when we’re done with it? For most folks, when that Hawaiian shirt gets frayed or just plain falls out of fashion, it’s the norm to chuck...

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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’d It Go?

Hey Story of Stuff community! How did your Plastic Free July 2016 go? A week before July 1, 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 the...

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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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