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In Times of Crisis: Natural Disasters and Bottled Water’s Savior/Polluter Complex

Bottled water may provide necessary relief in the wake of crises like the devastating Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but the industry itself poses serious long term threats to the environment and public access to water that shouldn’t be ignored. In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey overwhelmed south-eastern Texas, dumping more...

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Defending the Commons: Lessons for public water allies

Public water has its share of opponents. Front groups bankrolled by private water companies frequently run attack ads or host misleading websites alleging widespread inefficiency, inadequate financing, and lax quality control in public water, all while presenting privatisation as a silver-bullet cure. The widespread ‘appeal’ of the public-private partnership in...

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When Water Corporations Sue Countries, It’s Time to Fix What’s Broken

(Photo caption: The 10 year anniversary of Cochabamba, Bolivia’s successful fight against water privatization by the Bechtel Corporation.)  The stories are always uncomfortably similar: a cash-strapped local government turns to an international development organisation, like the World Bank, looking for a loan or expertise to help it deal with its...

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What Type of Changemaker
Are You?

Ever wondered how to start making change? Take the quiz and learn your changemaker type! Then keep reading to meet some of the changemaker types who exemplify the Story of Stuff Community! Builder Builders don’t just wait for solutions, they get out there and create them. Here are just a few...

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A Growing Global Movement to Break Free From Plastic

There is now one ton of plastic for every person on Earth – over half of which has been produced in the last 13 years. But we can no longer ignore the consequences of our plastic habit, which is devastating people and ecosystems in every corner of the globe. Plastic...

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Update on Nestlé: Michiganders are Leading the Way to Taking Back Public Water

The Swiss multinational Nestlé has been facing increasing scrutiny in Michigan. Outside of the small town of Evart, a mere 128 miles from Flint, Nestlé is attempting to increase how much spring water it is taking for water bottling. Nestlé submitted an application with Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)...

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Zero Waste Revolutionaries

Meet the changemakers behind #breakfreefromplastic who are pushing for real solutions When you think of zero waste, who comes to your mind? Here in the United States, people like Lauren Singer are often front and center. If you aren’t familiar with Lauren, she’s the Brooklynite twenty-something who fit five years worth...

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Where Away Is: Our Research Trip for The Story of Plastic

Our team landed in Surabaya, Indonesia, to meet an activist we met at the #breakfreefromplastic strategy meeting in Bali. Traveling in this region is hectic, and one must factor in incredible amounts of travel time to deal with traffic. As such, our day began at 4:00am to meet our host...

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That Time We Met Up With Dozens of Changemakers in Bali

Our Journey to Break Free From Plastic Last week, changemakers from over 20 countries converged in Legian, Bali, Indonesia to strategize on the projects aimed at curbing the plastic tide covering our streets and killing our oceans. The Story of Stuff Project has been a key organization in bringing the...

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Plastic Free Challenge – “Remember Your Reusables” posters

We’re challenging you to take Citizen Muscle actions that will help reduce the use of disposable plastics in your community. Need an easy way to get started? We created these printable posters that you post inside your front door or hand out at local stores and coffeeshops. If you stick these...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – Take Action in Your Community

Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. This post archives the third weekly email to Plastic Free July participants. We offered some ideas to help your community break free from plastic: Ask...

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In Montana, Citizen Muscle vs. Water Bottlers

Residents and activists in Flathead Valley, Montana, are one step closer to stopping a water bottling plant proposal in their scenic community! After locals learned that Montana Artesian Water Co. was working toward the construction of a new bottling plant with plans to withdraw over 230 million gallons a year...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – Raise the volume on plastic pollution

Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. This post archives the second weekly email to Plastic Free July participants. We asked the Community to help us raise the volume on the conversation about plastic...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – “Remember Your Reusables” posters

Happy Plastic Free July!  We are challenging you to take Citizen Muscle actions that will help reduce the use of disposable plastics in your community. Need an easy way to get started? We created these printable posters that you post inside your front door or hand out at local stores and...

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#PlasticFreeJuly – Tips for a month without plastic!

Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. If you took the pledge after July 1, you missed the first email with tips for avoiding plastic for an entire month. But fear not, we’ve archived that...

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