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Introducing the WATER Act

On the four-year anniversary of the fateful day when city officials switched Flint, Michigan’s water source to the toxic Flint River, Representatives Keith Ellison and Ro Khanna introduced a crucial piece of water justice legislation: The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act.1 At a time when the White...

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Great Lakes Alliance Responds to Nestlé Permit

In early April, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved Nestlé’s permit application to withdraw 450 gallons per minute from a well outside of Evart, Michigan. During the open comment period last year, 80,000 state residents said ‘No’ to multinational Nestlé’s corporate water grab and the environmental damage that is...

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Shedding Responsibility: The Microfiber Epidemic

A few days ago, The Story of Stuff Project was in Sacramento to testify on our bill addressing the problem of microfiber pollution – tiny particles of plastic shed from synthetic fabrics when we machine-wash our clothes. Just as we did with our campaign to tackle microbeads, we are taking...

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Water For Life, Not For Profit! Canadians Fight Nestlé’s Water Extractions

In Ontario, community members are working to stop Nestlé’s extraction of water under expired permits. Just miles from the shore of Lake Ontario, Nestlé is currently pumping about five million litres per day. This is expected to continue unabated because it is unknown when the government will make a decision...

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RELEASE: New study finds widespread plastic microfiber contamination in bottled water

A new study, commissioned by The Story of Stuff Project, has found widespread plastic microfiber contamination in commercial bottled water. In total, 19 different bottled water brands were analyzed for microparticle contamination by Abigail Barrows of Ocean Analytics. According to the study, Boxed Water, Fiji, Ozarka, and Evian had the...

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Media Advisory: New Short Documentary Spotlights Michigan’s Water Wars

A Tale of Two Cities: Flint, Evart and the Fight for Michigan’s Water Contact: Miranda Fox miranda@storyofstuff.org | (510) 883-1055 January 23, 2018 — On Tuesday, The Story of Stuff Project, producer of the award-winning Story of Stuff, released its latest short documentary on fights to secure safe, affordable, public...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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