The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
April 22, 2011

Earth Day Invitations

Happy Earth Day, everybody. I’m about to go out and get dirty.

I love dirt

But first… some invitations.

You Are Invited…

Bag It film…to come join me this Monday, April 25, at 7pm in San Francisco for a screening of the film Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? at the Landmark Opera Plaza movie theater, after which I’ll be around to answer questions. Find out what Jeb Berrier is doing in my bathroom. If you live near San Francisco and you haven’t seen the film yet, why not come Monday night?  If you can’t make it, check the Bag It community screening schedule or to find out where it’ll screen near you.  You can even watch it on TV this month.

You Are Not Invited…

Dasani bottle litter…to Coca Cola’s gala Earth Day event today, starring Matthew Morrison from the TV show “Glee” and a bevy of models covering up only 30% of their bodies, to promote Coke’s new invention: Dasani bottled municipal water in a plastic bottle made with 30% ethanol from Brazilian sugarcane plantations.  That’s Coke’s idea of earth-friendly.  But I disagree, and so do the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Earth Resource Foundation, Californians Against Waste, and a whole host of other groups and citizens who care for the planet.

Please sign on to our RSVP to Coca Cola, sending our regrets.  No, it’s not that we’re sorry for blowing off their party.  Read our statement to learn what we do regret. Please sign and post on Facebook, tweet, blog, and email to everyone you know. The point of this “petition” is education. We don’t blame actor Matthew Morrison for participating in the Dasani event. We just think he, like a lot of people, doesn’t understand the environmental impact of bottled water and how substituting chemicals from crops doesn’t make the plastic bottle any better.

Reminders…

There’s still time to…

Win a plastic-free stainless steel Reflect Klean Kanteen water bottle, provided by Greenfeet.

Get your free GlassDharma straws.

Win a copy of the book Plastic: A Toxic Love Story.

Go outside and play in the dirt.  That’s where I’ll be today.  Cheers!

9 comments
Amy
Amy

p.s. if someone could get legit contact info for Matthew Morrison maybe a copy of Bag It or a link to the Story of Bottled water could be sent to him before he does another greenwashing event for Coca-Cola :)

Amy
Amy

While I support the goal of the petition, I am not so keen on the idea of using women's bodies to to sell or for that mattter protest bottled water. So I had to stop short of signing the petition when I read the part that said And although we appreciate the promise of 30% clad models, we believe it would be more appropriate for your models to be nude, as in "the emperor has no clothes," because this kind of green washing doesn't fool us at all.

Sara M.
Sara M.

I signed the RSVP. I'm getting sick of the whole, "Let's put plants in plastic/oil! That makes it green! The world's problems are solved!" idea that seems to be going around.

Clif
Clif

Beth, that picture of you...it's....it's, well darn it, it's scary! Kinda like when Krushchev said "we will bury you!" what with that dirt and all...or maybe part of a trailer for that old movie "I Spit on Your Grave" And it looks like you are missing one eye. I hope you will get back to those gorgeous still-life shots of glass bottles and such real soon.

Graham Meriwether
Graham Meriwether

Happy Earth Day Beth and the entire My Plastic Free Life (fFPF) community! A longtime reader, second time commenter :)

Jackie
Jackie

I am going to see Bag It in Chicago next week. I'm very excited about it! Thanks for all you do, Beth. You continue to be an inspiration to me!

Holly
Holly

I signed the petition, Beth. Greenwashing at its finest!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hey Amy, I hear you. Just a couple of things. Coke is using scantily-clad models to sell its product, not us. We were just turning their own words against them. And second, we don't know that all the models were female. The press release didn't say anything about the gender of the models. Why not sign and leave a comment adding that you wish they would find a less exploitative way to sell their product?