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Taking That First Step

I recently heard a yoga teacher explain that the hardest pose in yoga is the one that gets you from your house to the yoga studio. Once you’re there, with a group, it’s a lot easier, and a lot more fun, to figure out what to do next.

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Rosa González: WATER WORKS

Post written by Rosa González from Green For All  Every year, enough untreated sewage escapes into our waterways to completely cover the state of Pennsylvania in sludge an inch thick. Yuck. So what if there were a way to fix that – while putting over 1.8 million people to work and adding more than a quarter of a trillion dollars...

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Stand up for a Better Future, Wherever You Live

Here at the Story of Stuff Project, we celebrate the fact that our movies have inspired millions around the world—from Brazil and South Africa to the UK and India and everywhere in between. But while many members of the Story of Stuff community don’t live in the United States, we’ve chosen to focus our advocacy efforts here in our home...

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“We’re Not Broke” Images

  Our friends at Free Range Studios have created a great “We’re Not Broke!” graphic that we’ll be using in the outreach for the new movie. It’s a poster; it’s a stencil; it’s a sign!

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Back-to-School Shopping? Check out the new Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies Released Today

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 3 more weeks of summer vacation left. The last thing most kids want in the middle of a sunny August day is to be reminded of the impending return to school. And the...

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Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Toxies this THURSDAY, June 16

From The Toxies Site: If you haven’t heard of “The Toxies”, it’s a satirical awards ceremony highlighting “bad actor chemicals.” This 2nd annual event, created by the statewide coalition Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), has now come together with groups across the country to share the concept of...

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Being good to your loved ones, your communities and your planet

Valentine’s day is not a favorite day among my more cynical friends. They complain that the holiday has been overly commercialized and they certainly are right about that. It’s downright gross how the local stores devote whole aisles of shelf space to red plastic heart shaped stuff, often starting as early as December 26th, as soon as they clear away...

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We’ve got the scoop for all you teachers…Loop Scoops!

We are thrilled to announce that our friends at WGBH’s Loop Scoops have just launched a whole new set of lessons plans to accompany their Stuff-focused, kid-friendly videos.  Targeted at grades 1-4, the Loop Scoops lessons plans and videos encourage kids to think more deeply and creatively about the Stuff in their lives and its connection to the environment. Available...

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I know you are but what am I?

I’m a person. Chances are if you’re reading this you’re a person too. Exxon? Not a person.

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Honoring the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Action

If you haven’t yet read “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63,” I recommend it highly. I’m about half way through this incredible account of the emergence of the civil rights movement right now. There’s a moment described in the book where  E.D. Nixon – an African-American civil rights leader and union organizer in Montgomery – calls Martin...

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Bhopal, 26 Years Later

This December 3rd will mark the 26th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster.  In the middle of the night, methyl isocyanate gas and other deadly chemicals leaked from a Union Carbide (no Dow Chemical) pesticide plant in Bhopal and filled the bodies of more than half a million Bhopalis.  Within just a few days of the leak, 8-12,000 were killed...

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Lenovo Says They Agree with Us! We say Prove It!

Inspired by The Story of Electronics, hundreds of people sent letters to Lenovo President and CEO Rory Read yesterday, telling the company to green its products and “Make ‘em Safe, Make ‘em Last, and Take ‘em Back.” Within hours,Read got back in touch to say he “could not agree with [us] more.” We’re excited that Lenovo wants to do better, but with...

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Are you with us?!

Dear awesome online community, I released a short video message to the Story of Stuff community today that I hope you’ll take a minute to watch. In it, I let you know a bit about our plans for the coming year, including new movies, expanded opportunities to explore sustainability issues and solutions and new ways to engage with us and...

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NYT: Where Thoreau Lived, Crusade Over Bottles – Mrs. Hill and Concord, MA’s ban on bottled water

Excerpt from the New York Times: CONCORD, Mass. — Henry David Thoreau was jailed here 164 years ago for refusing to pay taxes while living at Walden Pond. Now the town has Jean Hill to contend with.   Jean Hill has proposed a ban on the sale of bottled water in Concord, which will be reviewed by the state attorney...

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“Toxic America”: CNN special on PVC

Dear Friends, Tomorrow night, June 2nd, CNN is airing part one of a two-night special, “Toxic America”, with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at 8 PM.  This special investigation highlights Mossville, Louisiana, which is home to more PVC chemical plants than anywhere else in the country. Below is an excerpt from my book discussing PVC and sample letter you can adapt to...

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