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January 13, 2010

Contest: Sign up for a Plastic-Free Event


Once again, it’s Julie McCoy, your cruise director here, with several events happening on the Lido deck. The first is a United States event, the next two are specifically Bay Area events, and the last two are activities for everyone no matter where you live.   Join one or more for a chance to win a copy of an Earth Cinema Circle DVD containing the films:

Earth Cinema Circle sent me two of these discs a while back, so I’d like to pass one on to you. Addicted to Plastic, of course, is the most Fake Plastic Fish-related film on the DVD.  But please watch it with a critical eye. The filmmaker does seem to put a lot of faith in a technological solution to the plastic problem and interviews several scientists doing amazing R&D projects. But ask yourself if technology is the only solution or if individuals need to be encouraged to take responsibility for their own consumption and businesses for the products they produce.

And while you can watch The Story of Stuff online, having it on DVD means you could invite friends over to watch and have a discussion afterwards about what steps you can take to reduce the amount of stuff we consume each day. Combine it with Addicted to Plastic and make an evening of it.

Disclosure: While I used to be an Earth Cinema Circle affiliate, that DVD subscription program as now ended. Sadly. The films in this series were often ones with very important messages that had never been released in movie theaters. So this post is not an advertisement for Earth Cinema Circle.


Wear Blue for the OceanWear Blue for the Ocean: If you haven’t gotten dressed yet, or if you’re still at home and can change your clothes, please wear blue today to support a National Ocean Policy. Then enter your zip code on the Wear Blue site to to find an event near you. Probably the only people who will be able to attend will be folks on the West Coast and Hawaii who have no plans already for today and can get dressed and get out as soon as possible. And the reason is that I screwed up and forgot to announce it sooner. I’m so sorry! But even if you can’t make it to an event, you can still participate.

If you can’t attend an event today, you can still upload a photo of yourself wearing blue to the Wear Blue web site.

What it’s about:

In June President Obama called for the nation’s first ever policy to protect our Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes, which many hope to see finalized in early 2010 and made official through an executive order. At present management of marine resources is determined by 20 different agencies operating under more than 140 laws each with different goals and often conflicting mandates. In public hearings across the nation this fall the administration heard widespread support for a unified ecosystem-based policy centered on the protection and restoration of the sea’s living resources – much like the policy the administration is in the process of creating. Only a healthy ocean can help assure a sound economy, good jobs, maritime security and viable coastal communities.

Of course those of us concerned about plastic are urging the administration to take that issue into consideration in its National Ocean Policy.

Bay Area Events

Green Sangha Rethinking Plastics DisplayGreen Sangha’s Rethinking Plastics 201 Conference: I will be one of the panelists on Saturday, January 23, at the all day workshop Ending the Plague of Plastic Pollution in San Rafael, CA.

The conference begins on Thursday evening, January 21, with a public symposium: Awakening the Dreamer: an introduction to the challenges and opportunities of our age, led by the Pachamama Alliance. Donations are requested.

On Friday evening, January 22, there will be a free public lecture: Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives. sponsored by Whole Foods Market, San Rafael.

And as I mentioned, on Saturday the 23rd, the all-day conference takes place with speakers on the chemistry and toxicity of plastics, explanation of bioplastics, extended producer responsibility, as well as what we as individuals can do, beginning with ourselves. That’s my portion.

You can sign up for any of these events via Green Sangha’s contact form or by calling (510) 532-6574.

Garbage DreamsGarbage Dreams screening:On January 27, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center will host a free  screening of the film Garbage Dreams.

Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for garbage people. … the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80% of the trash they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

Everywhere Activities

Take Out WithoutTakeout without: Join the campaign to reduce restaurant waste by saying no to unnecessary packaging. So what do they want you to do?

  1. Join the Takeout Without Facebook Group and ask friends to join.
  2. Upload photos of yourself at a restaurant bringing your own reusable containers or of restaurant packaging waste that irks you to the Takeout Without Flickr page. (I’ll be doing this as soon as I finish writing this post.)
  3. Follow TakeOut Without on Twitter and Retweet to your followers.

This is a campaign I wish I’d thought up myself! And here is another one:

Care2 Plastic-Free PledgePlastic-Free Pledge: Take the Plastic-Free Pledge sponsored by the Park Slope Coop’s Environmental Committee, which says:

I pledge to reduce my consumption of non-biodegradable, plastic products by:

  1. Using reusable bags at the grocery store.
  2. Choosing biodegradable products and packaging over plastic.
  3. Eating and drinking out of re-usable glass, metal, or other non-plastic containers.
  4. Encouraging my friends, family, and community to reduce their plastics consumption, too!

To enter the drawing for the DVD, please choose one or more of these activities/events and let me know which one(s) you did. You can 1) wear blue and upload a photo to the Wear Blue Flickr page, 2) Register for one or more events during the Rethinking Plastics conference, 3) Commit to attending Garbage Dreams, 4) send a photo to TakeOut Without or write a blog post the campaign, or 5) Sign the Plastic-Free pledge, making sure to leave a comment in the box (you didn’t think just signing was enough, did you?) and let us know the number of your signature.

For each activity you participate in, you will receive a chance to win.

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I signed the plastic-free pledge. My number is #57. My independent action was to send an unsolicited card back to Safeway!

Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green
Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

I signed the plastic-free pledge. My number is 50. I will also be posting a picture to the TakeOutWithOut site next time I eat out, not sure when that will be though. .-= Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green´s last blog ..Happy 101 Award =-.


On the topic of the oceans...in the latest issue of the Nature Conservancy Magazine is a piece about the whale shark. It feeds by filtering plankton and small fish through its gills where sharp tooth-like things called denticles snag food. As we've seen from what the Alguita hauled in, there is lots of plastic debris out there. Well, the article says the whale shark can filter 400,000 gallons of water AN HOUR when feeding. A bathtub, to bring it home, holds about 45 gallons...so that's one animal taking in 9000 bathtubs of water/hour. To visualize - 9000 tubs end to end would cover 8.5 miles (ohhh, I love math). I wonder what a gill inspection might reveal. Whale sharks might compete with the albatross as a poster animal for the ocean plastic problem.

Linda Anderson
Linda Anderson

I uploaded my photo of myself in blue. I wish I had known about this day earlier. I also joined takeoutwithout on facebook, AND I signed the plastic free pledge. Linda A of Citizen Green .-= Linda Anderson´s last blog ..Which Plastics Are Dangerous to Our Health? =-.

greeen sheeep
greeen sheeep

I have the DVD, too. I was also bummed the Earth Cinema Circle went defunct. I did wear blue today, not that anyone in Wisconsin knew what it was for. I just want to say that I think the takeout without is an awesome campaign! .-= greeen sheeep´s last blog ..New Year - New Resolutions - And a giveaway to get you kick-started! =-.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Umm... that would be because I am an idiot and forgot to put up the link. I'll do it right now. .-= Beth Terry´s last blog ..Deserves Changes contest: I need your votes! =-.


i couldn't find where to sign the plastic-free pledge. me dummy :-(


Hey Beth, I've got the DVD, but I joined TakeOutWithout on Facebook and Twitter, tweeted it and invited 300 people. *phew* Tracey .-= Tracey´s last blog ..Specials and New Lower Prices =-.

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