Last week I promised that if enough people would join me for the Lunchbox Project Earth Day Action, I would don the fake plastic sea monster costume and walk around Crocker Galleria in full getup. Well, it turns out I’m easy because it only took one person — Deb Baida from Liberated Spaces — to convince me to do it. She even helped me get into my costume, carried my stuff, and took most of the pictures in the slideshow below. Thanks, Deb!
The day was unseasonably hot, and it was like a sauna under all that plastic. Still, I took one for the team. The event was great. A crowd gathered at the Crocker Galleria and heard inspiring speeches by representatives of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, SF Department of Environment, Clean Water Action, and of course me in my finery. Then, we all fanned out to eat lunch, bringing our own reusable containers with us and asking restaurant employees to serve our food in our containers instead of disposable plastic. People brought all kinds of containers to use.
Here are a couple of fantastic summaries of the day:
As Single Use Plastics Go, So Goes the Planet: A Lunchboxy Photo Essay, by Sven Eberlein on Daily Kos
Chicken in a Jar, by Deb Baida on Liberated Spaces
And MyPlasticFreeLife.com readers who could not attend the event joined from around the world, sending me photos of their reusable containers from places as far away as Australia and Jane Austen’s home in England. How cool is that? Here is a slideshow of images from the day, including some of your photos.
(Click each image to advance through the slideshow.)
Thanks to Debra Baida, Sven Eberlein, and Martin Backhauss for taking pictures so I didn’t have to. See larger images and read captions on the Flickr site.