Jen Gale – My Make Do and Mend Year

There have been plenty of anti-consumerism campaigns, but none quite as sustained as Jen Gale’s. In this TED Talk, Jen discusses how her year of ‘Make Do and Mend’ is seeing her buying nothing new, and leaping head first into recycling, repurposing, begging, and borrowing. She is keeping a blog of the experience to inspire others to try the same thing.

Bash The Trash combines over 20 years of experience performing and teaching in New York by top professional musicians and educators who focus on science (STEM), sound, music, and sustainability. They organize hands-on classroom workshops, longer-term residencies and/or family and community events for K-8th graders. Educators can customize workshops and packages for their schools!

The Book on Zero Waste Plastic-Free Living Made Simple

Printed on FSC-certified paper and with BPA-free ink, LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy, strives to create more awareness about BPA-based products, polystyrene and other single-use plastics, and provides readers with ideas for safe, reusable and affordable alternatives. By removing plastic from your home, you can reduce your environmental footprint, minimize threats to wildlife, support local businesses, and live a healthier, simpler life.

In this step-by-step guide, the authors show readers how to analyze their personal plastic use, find alternatives and create easy replacements. Get your family healthier, spread consciousness and radiate positive, plastic-free energy by taking action to help the environment.

Flotsametrics and the Floating World — How one man’s obsession with runaway sneakers and rubber ducks revolutionized ocean science by Ebbesmeyer, C. C. and E. Scigliano 2009

Pioneering oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer seized the world’s imagination when he and his worldwide network of beachcomber volunteers traced ocean currents using thousands of sneakers and plastic bath toys spilled from storm-tossed freighters. In this book, Ebbesmeyer tells the story of his lifelong quest to solve the sea’s mysteries. He recounts how flotsam has changed the course of history. He reveals the rhythmic and harmonic order in the vast oceanic currents and uncovers the astonishing story of flotsam, altering the world’s view of trash, the ocean, and our global environment.

Contact your elected representatives in early 2021 to urge them to vote for OCAP’s priorities when critical ocean and climate legislation is debated in Congress.

Healthy and resilient oceans and coastal communities are critical for a thriving blue economy that creates jobs and safeguards our nation from the impacts of climate change.

The Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP)  was developed by Blue Frontier and the Center for the Blue Economy,  in conjunction with our Youth Advisory Council and dozens of partners across the nation.  

OCAP will help the United States rebuild better and smarter. 

OCAP is a nonpartisan, broad-reaching policy framework that will:

  • Create sustainable jobs
  • Invest in living shorelines, federal flood insurance reform, offshore clean energy, green ports & shipping, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, and marine biodiversity. 

Actions we take must be just and equitable, and focus on innovation that will propel the U.S. economy forward in a sustainable and prosperous direction.

Sign the petition and support the Ocean Climate Action Plan TODAY!

When you add your voice to this OCAP petition today, you will be: 

  • Sending a clear message that our coasts and ocean can no longer take a backseat in US climate policy; and you will be in good company, joining John Kerry, Robert Bullard, Jane Fonda, Sylvia Earle, Bill McKibben and other leaders and supporters of the Ocean Climate Action Plan. 
  • Added to a nationwide list of supporters that we will share with Members of Congress during our April 2021 virtual hill visits. 

Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on OCAP’s progress so that you know when it’s time to make your voice heard!

We will need you to call your elected representatives in early 2021 to urge them to vote for OCAP’s priorities when critical ocean and climate  legislation is debated in Congress.

Tell your representatives it’s time to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 for the health and future of humans, animals, waterways, oceans, and the environment.

The petrochemical industry and the pollution it creates disproportionately harms people of color and low-income communities. Every year, the United States alone burns or buries in landfill 32 million tons of plastic, impacting the health, wealth, and well-being of frontline and fenceline communities. In fact, the U.S. produces the most plastic waste per capita of any country, and exports much of this waste to the Global South. An astounding 91% of plastic is never recycled. 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced globally each year, and 15 million metric tons wind up as plastic waste in the world’s oceans.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 (BFFPPA) builds on successful statewide laws across the country and outlines practical plastic reduction strategies to realize a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable future. Plastic—which the petrochemical industry makes out of fossil fuels—contributes to climate change at every step of its life cycle, from extraction to refinement, manufacture, transportation, disposal, and waste. Breaking free from plastic would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resiliency.

Plastic disproportionately harms low-income communities, communities of color, and Indigenous communities by polluting their air, water and soil. Breaking free from plastic would uphold environmental justice by halting the development of new plastic facilities until necessary health and environmental regulations are updated and established.

Plastic is toxic, and includes 144 chemicals or chemical groups known to be hazardous to human health. Microplastic particles are so pervasive in our food and water that the average person ingests a credit card’s worth of plastic (5g) every week. A recent study even documented microplastic particles in maternal human placentas. Breaking free from plastic would protect human health and improve fertility, helping ensure our survival as a species.

This legislation seeks to meaningfully address the plastic pollution crisis by:

  • Shifting the financial burden of waste management and recycling off municipalities and taxpayers to where it belongs: the producers of this waste;
  • Spurring massive investments in domestic recycling and composting infrastructure;
  • Phasing out certain single-use plastic products that aren’t recyclable;
  • Establishing minimum recycled content standards;
  • Launching a national beverage container refund program to bolster recycling rates;
  • Placing a temporary pause on new and expanding plastic facilities until the Environmental Protection Agency updates and creates vital environmental and health regulations to protect frontline and fenceline communities;
  • Prohibiting plastic waste from being exported to developing countries;
  • And more proven policy solutions!