‘Let’s Talk Trash’ Art Exhibition Opening Reception

April 22 , 5:00 pm 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles

To honor Earth Day 2023, the exhibition “LET’S TALK TRASH”, curated by Denise Domergue and Corinne Chaix, celebrates 10+ artists and designers from around the world who consider trash as an inspirational raw material.

Join the opening reception at Yiwei Gallery from 5- 8 p.m. and see for yourself what a rich trove of creative opportunities exists in everyday materials ranging from plastic bags to tin can lids to discarded trucker hats.

Artists featured: Marcia Stuermer, Maria Fiter, Alan Chin, Mosaik, Laura Stefani, Dianna Cohen, Karyl Sisson, Claudia Grau, Tim “Frogman” Cotterill, and Aaron Kramer.
In the words of artist Aaron Kramer, “Trash is the failure of imagination.”

Exhibition is on view through May 7, 2023

Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 5 PM;
or by appointment, contact: denise@madeoutofwhat.com

Exhibition curated by Denise Domergue and Corinne Chaix
(Image by artist Liina Klauss)

1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, California 90291 United States
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It’s critical to know how to recognize plastic pollution greenwashing, especially during Earth month. People all over the planet are tapping into their collective environmental consciousness to take action for a safer, healthier world for all. Part of that positive action involves increased expression and demand for truly sustainable and environmentally friendly consumer products. But such efforts are unfortunately often met with a jump in harmful, intentionally deceptive tactics as corporations and plastic producers attempt to promote their products as more benign—or even beneficial — to people and the planet when in reality, they are not. This marketing strategy is known as “greenwashing.”

During this time of year, when greenwashed marketing for plastics and other products is on the rise, it’s important to highlight the misleading nature of these claims used to mask their true environmental and health impacts. Below, find our quick guide of plastic-related greenwashing ploys to avoid.

1. “Made of Recycled Ocean Plastic” 

Products labeled with the phrase “Made of Recycled Ocean Plastic” give consumers the impression that a product is directly helping clean up the Earth by being made of plastic pollution that has been collected directly from the oceans. While collecting and turning plastic pollution pulled from the sea into new plastic products may seem helpful, we know we can’t clean up the problem if we don’t first turn off the tap. This process only really masks the core issue of how the plastic ended up in the ocean in the first place, and that is: continued plastics production. Items made from plastic collected from the oceans and coastlines, often fishing nets and ropes and microplastic, will only go on to cause more plastic pollution when used and ultimately disposed of — like all plastic items. By feigning “recycling” (really, downcycling) of plastic pollution, companies can divert attention from their role in perpetuating this crisis while pulling in profits.

2. “Made of Oxo-degradable Plastic” 

Plastics labeled “oxo-degradable” are often marketed as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional fossil-fuel plastics, but they are actually harmful. Oxo-degradable plastics are simply conventional plastics mixed with additives that are meant to quicken the rate at which they break up into smaller pieces. But this just speeds up the creation of microplastics, and in the environment or landfills these plastics may take years or even decades to break down while releasing harmful chemicals. Due to these issues, in 2019 the European Union banned use of oxo-degradable plastics.

3. “Made of ‘Bioplastic,’ ‘Biodegradable,’ or ‘Marine-degradable’ plastic” or “Made from Plants”

“Bioplastic,” “biodegradable,” or “marine-degradable” plastics or “made from plants” are phrases used to describe single-use materials made of fossil fuels, plants, or a mixture of these ingredients. Products made of these materials are certified to break down under highly specific conditions—like high-heat industrial composting facilities, which are not accessible in many areas. In most cases, such plastics are ultimately sent to landfills, incinerators, or the environment, where they do not break down as intended and continue to contribute to the global plastic pollution crisis. Bioplastics made of plants can involve large-scale, resource-intensive agriculture, contributing to deforestation, habitat loss, and water pollution, and being single-use, are rapidly discarded. Both plant- and fossil fuel–based plastics alike are manufactured with harmful chemical additives required to give these materials useful shape and function.

4. “Made of Fully Recyclable Plastic”

Just because a company claims their plastic is “recyclable” does not mean it will be recycled. Less than 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled. Even when it is melted down for reuse, plastic is not truly recycled like other materials. A more apt term is “downcycled,” as recycled plastics are mixed with new plastics and toxic chemicals to produce low-value items like plastic park benches and plastic fast-fashion clothing. The plastic and petrochemical industries’ perpetuation of recycling as a solution to the plastic crisis is greenwashing. It delays, distracts, and deflects from real, just, equitable solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Recycled plastics are notoriously contaminated, a fact that both contributes to significant wastefulness in plastics recycling, and concentrates toxins in recycled items which leach out during use and disposal. This, while expending water and energy resources, requiring toxic additives as well as additional content of new plastics, and causing pollution and environmental injustice. When you put plastic into a recycling bin or deposit it at your local transfer station, it is more likely to be shipped somewhere else to be landfilled, dumped, or burned.

5. “Made of Ocean-Bound Plastic”

The phrase Made of Ocean-Bound Plastic” is commonly used by companies selling products made of plastic that could be discarded in coastal environments in proximity to oceans and also lakes, rivers, and streams. While this label may give the impression that a product is helping divert plastics from waterways, it has no actual weight. In reality, most plastics end up in landfills and the environment, including in oceans and other waters. And with more than a third of the global population living within 60 miles of coastlines, there’s a good probability of any given plastic product eventually polluting waterways necessary to the health and wellbeing of people and the rest of nature. Scientists estimate at least nine to 14 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. What’s more, plastics pollute Earth’s waters all throughout their endless, toxic existence from production, transportation, use, and disposal.

Learn More and Take Action

We invite you to learn more about greenwashing in our April 2023 webinar, “Greenwashing: Debunking the Plastic Industry’s False Narrative.” Learn more about these and other common terms and tactics used by the plastics industry:

It’s important to distinguish greenwashed products from genuine, sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics — such as the truly compostable, regenerative, nontoxic mushroom mycelium and seaweed materials produced by Plastic Pollution Coalition Members like Ecovative, LOLIWARE, and Sway.

Real solutions to plastic pollution stop wastefulness at the source. Engage with plastic-free principles — refill, regenerate, repair, share, reuse, and refuse single-use — and advocate for necessary systems change.


April 22 , 10:00 am 3:00 pm America/Los_Angeles

Have an Earth Day adventure at Safari West! Once a year, the whole world comes together to celebrate the wildlife and wild places that make our planet wonderful. This Earth Day, discover amazing organizations fighting to conserve species the world over!

Mingle with Earth-centered organizations including Plastic Pollution Coalition, the California State Parks, Sonoma Land Trust, Petaluma Wildlife Museum, and Sonoma Snow Leopard Conservancy to name a few!

Our Coalition members are honoring Earth Day, Thursday April 22, with events and activations around the world. Read on for the latest news and ways to get involved wherever you live on our blue planet.


Take Action: Reopen with Reuse

Join Plastic Pollution Coalition members and allies in calling on restaurants, festivals, and national parks to reopen with nontoxic reuse! We know that foodservice businesses already require strict food safety standards to make sure reusables are sanitized and safe, so let’s make our voices heard. Add your name. 

Support the U.S. Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

Tell your U.S. Members of Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021. Send a letter. 

Organizations: Sign Our Letter to Amazon

Join 100 organizations in signing this letter to Amazon telling the e-commerce giant to go plastic-free. Sign now.



Watch The Story of Plastic: An Animated Short

Unwoven: Phasing Plastic Out of Fashion

Break Down: Explaining the U.S. Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021

Sex, Gender, and Endocrine Disruption

Plastics: The Last Straw for Big Oil? An Investor Brief on the Risks of Overinvestment in Petrochemicals 

2021 Conrad Virtual Innovation Summit April 28-30

Sign Up

Fashion Revolution Week April 19-25

Earth Day Live 2021 with Earth Day Network

P&P Live! Hannah Testa ‘Taking On The Plastics Crisis’ with Xiye Bastida


The Zero Waste Chef Cookbook By Anne-Marie Bonneau

Imagine It! A Handbook For A Happier Planet By Laurie David and Heather Reisman

From Data to Change: A Guide to Impactful Brand Audit Campaigning

United Nations Environment Programme and Azul Launch Report on the Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution

Fossil Fuel Racism: How Phasing Out Oil, Gas, and Coal Can Protect Communities


Stop Corporate Plastic Pollution in South Africa

Calling on the East Africa Community to Implement Legislation to Ban Single-Use Plastic (Beyond Bags) 


Read: Plastic Atlas Asia Edition


Read ‘Buried in Plastic’ Report


Read: Malaysia Sends Back Over 300 Containers of Illicit Plastic Waste


Learn: Vietnam’s Plastic-Free Island


Watch the Video Trailer for Pulau Plastik by Visinema Pictures

Watch the New Ecoton Webinar with River Warrior and Break Free From Plastic 


Join Fashion Revolution Week 19-25 April

Read: Plastic Waste Trade Manifesto in Europe

Watch: ‘Plastic Cup’ Views from Hungary, Films Curated by International Nature Film Festival, Gödöllőening



Can I Recycle This? A Guide to Better Recycling and Reducing Single-Use Plastics By Jennie Romer 

New Seasons and New Leaf Aim for Single-Use Water Bottle Elimination by Earth Day

The Surfrider Foundation Releases Interactive Map of U.S. Plastic Reduction Policies

Take Action

Enter the Earth Day Plastic Pollution Meme Contest

California: Tell Governor Gavin Newsom to Make Foodware Accessories Upon Request

Join or Support the Less Cancer ‘Bike Ride America’ June 5 – July 5

Sign Up: Right to Repair and the Road to Zero Waste on April 20

Register: The American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2021), Celebrating its 10th Year April 27-29

Sign Up: Texas Plastics Summit May 4

Take the Plastic Bag Pledge on Earth Day with Inland Ocean Coalition

Join Power Shift 2021, A Massive Youth Convergence Taking Place Virtually April 16-25

We want to hear from you! Please send us your updates.
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Illustration by Favianna Rodriguez via EarthDay.org

Happy Earth Day, Month, and Year from Plastic Pollution Coalition! Though the global pandemic has changed events across the world, and many are suffering, we are encouraged by the dexterity, flexibility, and creativity springing into action with virtual meetings, webinars, screenings, and online activities to mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. 

Check out the links below to see how you can take action this Earth Day.

How to Watch ‘The Story of Plastic’

BROADCAST – Tune in on Earth Day, April 22, on Discovery Channel and network affiliates in 134 countries and territories. The Story of Plastic is available on the DiscoveryGo subscription streaming service, and will also be available to rent on video-on-demand services like iTunes and Amazon following the April 22 television broadcast.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY SCREENINGS – Grassroots groups, educators, and passionate individuals can host a free, virtual screening to share The Story of Plastic with their community. Or, individuals can join a virtual screening being organized in their region. To learn more visit www.storyofplastic.org/watch.

STOP Corporate Plastic Polluters From Exploiting The Global Pandemic
Sign our petition telling the U.S. Health & Human Services Department not to give in to the plastic industry’s attempts to exploit the COVID-19 crisis. Sign now »

Earth Day Live!
Plastic Pollution Coalition joins hundreds of youth organizers, climate justice activists, and frontline communities for global livestreams for Earth Day, beginning on Tuesday, April 21 and running for 4 days. Find a livestream near you.

Celebrate #EarthDay2020
Check out a new action every hour on April 22. Tune into earthday.org every hour of Earth Day and join millions of others worldwide as we take action for our planet. Join in by flooding digital platforms with messages of hope, optimism, and action to keep environmental action front and center in our collective global conversation using the hashtag #EarthDay2020. Visit Earthday.org

Join the Ecology Center Watch Party + Panel Discussion for ‘The Story of Plastic’
The watch party starts at 6 pm PST and the panel discussion at 7:40 pm PST. Speakers include Sophie Hahn, City of Berkeley Vice Mayor; Shilpi Chhotray, Break Free From Plastic; Stiv Wilson, Executive Producer, The Story of Plastic; Jackie Nuñez, Plastic Pollution Coalition; Martin Bourque, Ecology Center; and Yvette Arellano, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. Register now. 

Tune in: The Future is Durable Webinar
Mark your calendar for May 6 at 10:00 am PST for the latest installment to the Solutions to Plastic Pollution Webinar Series, where experts will explore the impacts on the reusables movement during the current COVID-19 crisis. Presenters include Dr. Pete Myers, EHN; Judith Enck, Beyond Plastics; Matt Prindivale, UPSTREAM; and Lauren Singer, Trash is for Tossers, Package Free Shop. Register.

University of California Berkeley Enacts Country’s Strongest Single-Use Plastic Ban
CALPIRGS has announced the campus committed to a comprehensive plastic policy, which eliminates all non-essential single-use plastic by 2030.

Break Free From Plastic Offers Coronavirus Emergency Micro-funds The current pandemic has required many of us to rethink the way we do our work and communicate with our teams, volunteers, and community. Break Free From Plastic will distribute stipends of up to $1,000 to grassroots organizations to access video conferencing services, digital organizing tools, as well as obtain safety supplies for their teams. The application will be open until April 30 or until available funds are distributed.

Teachers and Students, Join us for Diving into Plastic Pollution with ‘Straws’ Films and Q&A
Join us in helping to empower students to make strides in understanding the problem of single-use plastic and reducing its use. We have compiled several short films that students can watch to learn about plastic pollution, and afterward join us for an online discussion about what they can do to address single-use plastic pollution right now. Jackie Nuñez, Founder & Program Manager, The Last Plastic Straw, and featured in the short documentary STRAWS, will be hosting the online discussions, along with other Plastic Pollution Coalition staff. Learn more.

Watch ‘A Conversation with Ocean Activists’
Watch the town hall
 hosted by Ocean Elders featuring Shelby O’Neil of Jr. Ocean Guardians & Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. Additional conversations in this ongoing series include Sylvia Earle and this Friday, April 24 with Nainoa Tompson.

Coral Triangle Center Hosts ‘SOS Plastic Danger’
Coral Triangle Center challenges anyone with a knack for puzzles and games to play the new Escape Room “SOS Plastic Danger,” opening soon in Sanur, Bali, in CTC’s Center for Marine Conservation. Learn more.

Edible Schoolyard Launches Lessons At Home
Find educational resources created specifically for this time of distance learning that engage students in understanding how food is deeply connected to so many parts of our lives.

Nominate a Young Leader
The North American Association for Environmental Education has opened the global search for EE 30 Under 30 – 30 game-changing leaders under 30 years of age who are making a difference through using environmental education. We invite nominations for leaders of all kinds, from any country, sector, or discipline. Visit naaee.org/ee30under30 to learn more and submit a nomination before May 8.

Cooped Up Because of Coronavirus? Keep Air Fresh
Read these tips from EWG on how to improve indoor air quality.

Top 11 Things You Should Know about Trump, Coronavirus, and EPA
Using the Coronavirus pandemic as a cover to reward polluters, the Trump Administration has decided to stop EPA enforcement of environmental protection laws. Read more from the Center for Environmental Health. 

5 Gyres Hosts Trash Academy
5 Gyres is taking programs online with the NEW 5 Gyres Trash Academy. Learn all about the history of plastic and what you can do today for a cleaner planet and a plastic-free tomorrow.

To see a full list of our more than 1,200 member organizations and businesses, please visit the Coalition page. Not a member yet? Join now.

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April 25: ‘Story of Plastic’ Watch Party and Panel
The watch party starts at 6 pm PST and the panel discussion at 7:40 pm PST. Speakers include Sophie Hahn, City of Berkeley Vice Mayor; Shilpi Chhotray, Break Free From Plastic; Stiv Wilson, Executive Producer, The Story of Plastic; Jackie Nuñez, Plastic Pollution Coalition; Martin Bourque, Ecology Center; and Yvette Arellano, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. Register now. 

May 6: The Future is Durable Webinar
Join us at 10 am PST for the latest installment to the Solutions to Plastic Pollution Webinar Series. Presenters include Dr. Pete Myers, EHN; Judith Enck, Beyond Plastics; Matt Prindivale, UPSTREAM; and Lauren Singer, Trash is for Tossers, Package Free Shop. Register now.


By Nancy Spektor

Ecologists and activists have been vocal about the problem of plastic pollution for years: plastic pollution invades our communities as “litter,” harms wildlife, and 8.8 million tons of it end up in our waterways and oceans every year. 

Many people believe the current generation of children will solve the growing problems of plastic pollution and global warming. But how do we talk to kids about these global problems? Whether you are an educator, community leader, youth advocate, or parent, check out these resources to help kids have fun and learn about protecting our home: Planet Earth.

National Geographic Kids

This is one of the best and most comprehensive resources on everything from endangered species to protecting the environment and battling plastic pollution. National Geographic for Kids is an interactive learning tool, which offers a lot of learning opportunities, from lessons and quizzes to games and educational videos.

Talk to Your Kids about Plastic Pollution

Activity Book: Be an Ocean Guardian

This is a book backed up by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The book is very comprehensive, containing the abundant information about the ocean and why it is so important to minimize plastic pollution. It tells kids stories about wonderful inhabitants of the sea and how humans should be more considerate and respectful towards them.

“This is a great resource we always recommend to teachers,” says Anne Bock, an environmentalist and manager at Awriter. “It’s got everything your child needs to know about plastic pollution.”

The book also offers a lot of fun educational activities for the whole family, including quizzes to check the knowledge of the previously learned information, pages with images for coloring and even the Ocean Guardian Pledge, which you can print, sign your kid’s name on it and hang it on the wall as a reminder that we all pledge to take care of the environment.

Is Plastic Fantastic? Booklet

With colorful illustrations by Alvaro Soler Arpa, a PPC Supporting Artist Ally, the booklet “Is Plastic Fantastic?” features facts on where plastic comes from and easy tips for refusing single-use plastic. Click here to view the booklet, optimized for viewing on a mobile device. Also available in Bahasa.

Educational Videos on YouTube

YouTube is a great resource with creative videos both from National Geographic and other influencers. They send a clear message about the harm of plastic pollution and where it can lead us if we don’t take action.

This particular video called “Kids take action against ocean plastic” shows children from Hawaii, who diligently work to make the ocean cleaner, as it’s a home for many amazing creatures, without which the ocean will be dead. It’s a great example for your kids to follow.

Ted-Ed is another great channel offering many educational videos on various topics, including plastic pollution.

This particular video is dedicated particularly to how plastic actually ends up in our environment, how it poisons the atmosphere and the ocean, and how microplastic impacts the oceans and humans as well. It’s a short educational film, which will be very informative both for kids and adults.

Embark On an Adventure With Your Family

Engaging in a fun activity with the whole family can be even more beneficial, as you help each other and improve one another’s knowledge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a great source for kids and their families called “The Planet Protectors.”

Your whole family can act as detectives, who need to solve riddles to protect the environment. The web page includes several printable colorful PDF documents with the tasks and hints you must follow to solve the case and protect the planet.

This is a great way to check and improve your knowledge of the environment, recycling, and reducing pollution. You can also use it on a smartphone or a tablet. It would be even better, considering how much paper you will use to print these documents!

All the Way to the Ocean Book and Film

The seed of the idea came to Joel Harper, a PPC Notable Member, when he was riding his bicycle one day and saw pollution in the storm drains in his community. He started by writing an illustrated children’s book called ‘All the Way to the Ocean‘ about the effects of storm drain pollution.

The story follows kids James and Isaac who learn that their plastic bottle and wrapper they dropped in the gutter end up in the ocean. The response to the book was so positive from adults and kids alike that Harper turned the book into a short film, narrated by another PPC Notable Member, Amy Smart.

Like the book, the movie presents environmental lessons in a fun, illustrated format.

Plastic Pollution Coalition’s Education Resources

Plastic Pollution Coalition has collected a range of materials from Coalition members to help teach kids about plastic pollution. Check out the resources divided by grade level and the art, music, and poetry projects. 

Teaching children about environmental protection and wise use of resources is crucial. Children will inherit the earth and the environmental problems humans have caused. With awareness and education, our children may be the ones to solve the great environmental issues facing our planet.

Nancy Spektor has sharpened her pencil at The Daily, a newspaper for the University of Washington. After graduating, she decided to combine her business degree with her passion for written communication at college-paper.org. Nancy is working on living a minimalist, zero waste lifestyle in her tiny house in New England with her dog, Bok Choy.