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Power to the People: Seattle Stands Up for Fair Elections

During the last U.S. presidential election, I was glued to the TV. I worriedly watched each state’s tally come in. It was the first presidential election since Citizens United and the most expensive in history with both candidates combined spending nearly $2 billion. At a time when the internet gives...

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The Dirty Business of Microbeads

The fight against microbeads has taken the nation by storm. The media reports over and over again that Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble are ‘voluntarily phasing out plastic microbeads:’ but in private these companies are fighting us every step of the way. We’re in a situation where natural...

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Cultivating Climate Justice: A Tale of Two Cities

This is a tale of two U.S. cities building solutions to the climate crisis from the bottom up. We start in the Northeast of the country, with Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics (CERO), a newly formed worker-owned cooperative in Boston, Massachusetts. While providing family-supporting jobs for the community, CERO works...

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Meet the Woman Who’s Helping Unclutter Your Mailbox

If you’ve always wanted to know how to make junk mail disappear forever, you need to meet our newest staff member, Natalie Nava. We sat down with her recently to get the low-down on how she became an expert on waste management and reduction: SOS: Why did you come to...

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NYT Said THIS About a Story of Stuffer!

The New York Times has come out with its own take on the microbeads issue. In a piece dated May 22, 2015, NYT writer Rachel Abrams starts off this way: Stiv Wilson is not much of an exfoliator. Mr. Wilson, a 42-year-old environmental advocate, lives on a sailboat, wears flip-flops...

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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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