Latest Posts

A Tale of Two Cities Research Guide

“Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For” Bloomberg Businessweek The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-21/nestl-makes-billions-bottling-water-it-pays-nearly-nothing-for “Nestlé pays $200 a year to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable” The Guardian While...

Read more

California Water Board Directs Nestlé to Immediately Cease Unauthorized Use of California’s Water

Nestlé doesn’t have water rights for most of the water it takes out of San Bernardino National Forest, concludes state investigation. BERKELEY – The State Water Board confirms allegations made against Nestlé Waters North America that the multimillion dollar corporation is taking water from the San Bernardino National Forest in...

Read more

Oregon Governor Strikes Down Nestlé Bid!

In 2016, dedicated community members in the small town of Cascade Locks championed a successful ballot measure to ban commercial water bottling in their county. They responded to the threat of losing their cherished local spring to the water bottling giant with a hard and dedicated fight. Despite the clear...

Read more

Nestlé Hires Former FDA Official, Changes FDA Findings

Last month, Nestlé used its political clout and high powered lawyers to change the conclusion of an investigation by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) into the use of the words “spring water” on the labels of its Arrowhead brand of bottled water. This came to light in new...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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)...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

#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...

Read more