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What we learned from 100 cleanups around the world – and what comes next

Earlier this month, hundreds of Changemakers from The Story of Stuff Project community gathered at beaches, parks, and other public spaces from Melbourne to Mumbai. Their mission was simple: collect plastic trash in the environment, tally the brands that appeared, and grow the global movement to hold Big Plastic accountable. ...

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The Campaign for Fresh Water in Michigan

Story of Stuff partner FLOW has announced model legislation to protect Michigan’s public waters from unauthorized privatization.  Earlier this year, we released A Tale of Two Cities, a short documentary telling the story of Michigan’s battle for the public control of water. We explored the threat of privatization through the...

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Global Week of Action: Host a Brand Audit!

Thanks for your interest in hosting a brand audit as part of the #breakfreefromplastic global week of action, September 10-16 2018. This page is intended to share more about what a brand audit is, how it fits into the global strategy to end plastic pollution, and what’s involved in organizing a...

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The Plastic Straw, Starbucks and a Movement at a Crossroads

The effort to eliminate plastic straws has recently become a darling among ocean plastic advocates, even permeating pop culture and the broader public consciousness. Everywhere in social media, images of plastic straws in the environment or corrupting wildlife are dominating Facebook and Instagram feeds, reaching far beyond the silos of...

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RELEASE: Settlement Ends Nestlé’s Expired ‘Zombie’ Permit

Strawberry Creek, Wildlife Remain at Risk from Commercial Exploitation SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Federal officials and conservation groups reached an agreement today that will finally end Nestlé Corp.’s ability to rely on a permit that expired 30 years ago to siphon water from the San Bernardino National Forest for its...

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Why Nestlé abandoned its plans in Pennsylvania

Last month, Nestlé Waters walked away from a bottling plant proposal in Centre County, Pennsylvania. The world’s largest water bottler was looking at constructing a new plant and well that would have taken 150 million gallons a year from groundwater sources in the Spring Creek watershed. Nestlé would have more...

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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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