Plastic Free July

July 1 , 8:00 am July 31 , 5:00 pm EDT

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic everyday at home, work, school, and even at your local café.

The movement has inspired 100+ million participants in 190 countries. You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities. You can choose to refuse single-use plastics in July (and beyond!). Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternatives that can become new habits forever.

June 14 , 6:15 am

Patagonia is kicking off its summer movie nights with a Patagonia Workwear film about oyster farmers in Maine who are finding new ways to make a good living on a living planet.

Join for the global premiere of “We Can Get There from Here,” food and drink (yes, oysters on the menu)—and a chance to win sweet Patagonia Workwear gear.

Show up early (grub is first-come-first-serve), meet staff from nonprofit event partners Plastic Pollution Coalition and 5 Gyres, and stay late for post-film discussions with a discussion between the film’s director, Alex Lowther and Abby Barrows. Please bring your own beverage containers to minimize waste.

When: Tuesday, June 18 at Patagonia Ventura 

Where: Patagonia Ventura, 235 W Santa Clara St, Ventura, CA, 93001

Location: Outside, Courtyard behind Patagonia Ventura Retail Store

Time: 6:15PM – 9:00PM

Doors Open: 6:15PM

Event Starts: 7:00PM

*Event is open to the Public and first-come-first-served.

Film Synopsis:

After years studying marine microplastics around the globe, Abby Barrows was ready to come home. In 2015, looking for a side-project that would keep her on the water, she bought the lease for an oyster farm in Deer Isle, Maine. When she saw the mountain of plastic gear that came with it, the side-project became something else.

Today, Deer Isle Oyster Co. is a flourishing family business, a proving ground for plastic-free mariculture gear, a new pier for a working waterfront reliant on one fishery, and a purveyor of some of the best oysters in the world. This is the story of one season on the farm, which also happens to be the story of an old island’s precarious present and potential future.

(Run time: 28 mins.)

July 31 , 6:00 pm 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles

Join the Ecology Center for a fun and educational Plastic Free July Trivia Night at the Ecology Center Store and Resource Center! Test your knowledge of the harms of plastics and petrochemicals in a lively quiz night. Come with friends (teams are limited to 6 players) or make new ones while learning about the plastics crisis and ongoing solutions. Let’s have a blast while raising awareness about plastic waste. See you there! $10-$25 per teammate, pay what you can. Small bites and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

Location: Ecology Center Store, 2530 San Pablo Avenue Suite H Berkeley, CA 94702

July 18 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

The urgency of our plastic pollution crisis requires a substantial shift in the way products are designed, manufactured, used, and recirculated. From textiles and food containers to sachets and protective shipping packaging, plastic continues to dominate across industries and persist, polluting people and the planet at every stage of its existence. As we create a more circular economy, what exciting bio-based feedstocks and technologies are emerging to help transition away from fossil-based inputs? Can nature-based solutions both be regenerative and scalable

Designers are key to this transition, acting as the bridge between material innovators on the supply side to real-world applications being brought to life in the market. Join us as we sit down for a conversation with two leading regenerative material suppliers and a holistic design studio that is asking: How do we do “the most good” instead of “less bad” to reorient industrial design to replenish natural systems? We’ll explore the landscape of plastic alternatives, dive into two ocean-based feedstocks, and learn how these materials are being employed for a healthier future. Our panelists include: Hoa Doan, Head of Impact and Sustainability, NotplaRenata Massion, Senior Sustainability Manager, Cruz Foam; and Baillie Mishler, Co-Founder and Design Director, PROWL Studio. The conversation will be moderated by Aidan Maguire, Coalition Program Manager for Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Date: Thurs., July 18
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Panelists

Hoa Doan

Hoa Doan (she/her) is a climate policy expert with experience in consulting, public sectors, and entrepreneurship. She was a Net Zero policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Office at No10 Downing Street, overseeing the delivery of decarbonisation programs across the building and transport sectors. Hoa was shortlisted for the 2023 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the Social Impact category for her contribution to the UK climate policy agenda. She is currently the Head of Impact and Sustainability at Notpla, a UK startup that recently won The Earthshot Prize for its plastic-free consumer packaging products made from seaweed and plants.



Renata Massion

Renata Massion (she/her) is an environmental enthusiast and the Senior Sustainability Manager at Cruz Foam, where she supports the development of cutting-edge packaging foam that embodies a new frontier in sustainable materials. Renata spearheads Cruz Foam’s initiatives in responsible sourcing, life cycle assessment, and environmentally conscious disposal strategies. With a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Political Economy and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management, she combines her deep understanding of global dynamics with technical expertise to drive positive environmental change and empower a universal drive for sustainable progress.


Baillie Mishler

Baillie Mishler (she/her) is the Co-Founder and Design Director of PROWL Studio, an industrial design and research studio creating new solutions for people and the planet by employing materials, processes, and technology more responsibly. Her design roles at industry-leading companies such as Steelcase and Coalesse have instilled in her strong skills and detailed attention in industrial design, furniture production, color-material-finish development and specification, brand communications, and interior design. 


Moderator

Aidan Maguire

Aidan Maguire (he/him) is the Coalition Program Manager for Plastic Pollution Coalition. Guided by systems, he believes in the power of cross-sector collaboration to address our global plastic pollution crisis. Aidan brings over 5 years of experience in business management, which recently has included consulting projects and reporting focused on scaling innovative alternatives to plastics. Aidan is driven to protect our natural world by eliminating plastic dependency in business and beyond. When not working on this issue, he is most likely trekking through the Northern California wilderness, playing soccer with friends, or making refillable candles.


Resources

June 14 , 8:00 am 9:00 am EDT

Plastic has taken over the world in the past few decades and has burdened Africa’s environments and waste management systems. Africa is no stranger to the plastic problem even if it accounts for only 5% of the global plastic production rates and consumes only 4% of global plastics volumes. In this presentation launching the publication The Life before Plastic: Demonstrating Traditional Practices of Reuse in Africa, GAIA Africa explores the problem of plastics on the continent and examine the laws, policies and multilateral agreements put in place to govern plastic waste management and trade. The publication more importantly showcases examples of traditional practices made of natural materials widely used across the African continent as alternatives to plastic. Further, GAIA and BFFP Africa members provide an insight on existing reuse and refill systems on the continent and examine how reuse and refill can be made a stronger part of Africa’s journey towards ending plastic pollution. In conclusion, the Life Before Plastic publication delves into how current and traditional zero waste systems can be sustained in the future by providing and addressing recommendations on corporate accountability, policy makers responsibility and consumer responsibility through making zero waste a lifestyle.

May 26 , 8:00 am September 2 , 5:00 pm EDT

The 11th Annual 100 Days of Blue Mind Challenge takes place May 26–Sept 2, 2024. Nominated for The Earthshot Prize in 2023, Blue Mind is a water-induced state of calm, unity, and inspired will to protect and restore nature. Researched and described by PPC Scientific Advisor Dr. Wallace J Nichols, this positive, holistic, values-based solution simultaneously addresses human well-being in a time of despair, and environmental protection in a time of destruction. The 100 Days of Blue Mind Challenge is simple: get near, in, on or under water daily. If you miss a day, don’t worry! Invite someone who needs it to join you from time to time. Share your stories in any way you like. If you’re on social media use the #bluemind hashtag so fellow water-lovers can easily follow along. Here’s a list of 100+ ways to practice Blue Mind.