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HOORAY! Connecticut Passes Strong Microbeads Law

On July 1, 2014, the state of Connecticut passed groundbreaking legislation that requires the cosmetic industry to phase out the use of plastic microbeads from their products in Connecticut within three years. “Plastic microbeads are showing up in fish in our food chain. They absorb toxins and pose a risk...

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This Town Taxed Its Bad Habit to Fund School Gardens

They love their sugary drinks. They really do. But they love their groundbreaking school garden program even more. Last year, Berkeley, CA voted to tax soda. In the first month, the program raised $116,000, which went toward expanding The Edible Schoolyard Program. The soda tax fights diabetes and obesity from...

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Planting Trees and Growing Solutions

  Speaking of important Stuff, what about trees? Trees play a hugely important role in our lives. They create oxygen for us to breath, they produce food, and they’ve helped provide shelter for humans and animals since the beginning of time. Unfortunately, our take-make-waste economy has left many inner city neighborhoods...

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I’ll Show You #MyBag if You Show Me Yours

Californians came together out of a shared concern for how the the 13 billion single-use plastic bags littered each year harm its landmark oceans, lakes and rivers.  Together, the people of the Golden State passed landmark legislation to outlaw them. And they celebrated victory when, in September of 2014, their...

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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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