Plastic. It is everywhere you look and almost impossible to avoid. It is made from oil, which is a non-renewable resource. It actually takes more oil to recycle plastic than to make new plastic. It contains all kinds of chemicals from PVC to BPA to phthalates, which helps make the material pliable. These chemicals have been known to seep into the foods we eat, causing health issues. However, on a happy note there are plastic-free alternatives available, you just have to look.
Waste. Waste comes in all forms. It is the packaging from the foods you eat, scraps left over from your last meal, and the plastic bags from the produce you just purchased. It is seems hard to avoid it. However, there are easy ways to reduce your waste daily and feel good about the things you consume on a regular basis.
Waste-free and plastic-free living are more about than what doesn’t end up in your garbage can. It’s a shift in perspective to a life of everyday activism. While that sounds heavy, living waste-free and plastic-free are about simplicity and enjoyment.
Join us to learn how to up your green game by moving beyond reusable bags and recycling to living better with less.
Some of the topics we being discussed are repurposing items for an extended life, saying no to junk, choosing foods to reduce your waste, buying better and less, educating your community on waste-free living and more.
We are hoping to inspire others to live with less!
Panel members include:
Beth Terry After learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution on the environment and human health, Oakland accountant Beth Terry began an experiment to see if she could live without buying any new plastic. Since then, she has reduced her plastic waste to less than 2% of the national average. That experiment turned into the popular blog MyPlasticFreeLife.com and new book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. A founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Terry gives presentations on plastic-free living and why, despite what some critics assert, our personal actions really do make a difference. Her work and life have been profiled in the award-winning film Bag It, as well as Susan Freinkel’s book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and Captain Charles Moore’s Plastic Ocean.
Dana Gunders Dana Gunders is a Staff Scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) focused on Food and Agriculture. She works on market and policy oriented initiatives to promote sustainability throughout food systems and supply chains. She leads NRDC’s work on reducing food waste and is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”. She also recently co-authored a report called The Dating Game, revealing how confusing food dates lead to food waste in America. Her work on food waste has been featured by CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other outlets.In addition to working on reducing the amount of wasted food, Dana works on improving food sourcing of individual companies and as part of the Steering Committee for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and a participant in the Sustainability Consortium. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Stephanie Moram Stephanie is a tree hugger; she is a plant-based foodie; she is trying her best to make a difference on this planet. To say she is passionate about “all things green” and simply calling her passion environmentalism is an understatement! She wants to continue to promote green habits and environmental values, as well as be the voice of change that will help others make their positive contributions to the environment. You can find her collecting trash on the streets or along the water, creating raw treats in the kitchen or simply making a difference over on my site, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Pinterest.