The County of Santa Cruz is taking a serious look at plastic pollution. The environmental Commission public meeting May 22, 5-7pm 4th floor conf. room county blg., 701 Ocean St, is open to the public

Great website for information on Plastic Pollution and how to fight it. Especially useful  Plastic Pollution toolkit  and  Plastic Pollution Tracker added 5/19/19

“Plastic Free” by Beth Terry  excellent book.

The Pacific garbage patch has doubled in size – it is now twice the size of Texas

Microplastics are now everywhere, from the North to South poles, the highest mountains, and plastic is even in the Marianas Trench.

And, even more frightening is that science is just beginning to research and understand the harm it does to wildlife and humans 

91% of plastics aren’t recycled.  It takes more than 400 years to degrade.

As you look into this problem, you’ll discover plastic hidden in so many things, like chewing gum, paints, books, carpeting…truly astonishing!  Thank you for calling attention to this problem, too.

Just so you don’t feel like this problem is insurmountable, engineers and scientists are taking a 2 prong approach.  They are trying to develop plastics that biodegrade completely in shorter time frames, and the other research is focused on developing plastics that are easy to recycle completely.       5/20/19

April 16th Nestle global call-in day.
It will only take a few minutes; here’s a sample script.  Or post on social media.

The Nestlé Customer Support Line is open everyday, at all hours.

Call 888-918-6672, and after a short message from Greenpeace, you will be patched to the Nestlé Customer Service line.

Suggested script:

Hi, my name is NAME and I’m calling from CITY, STATE. I’m very concerned by the massive amount of single-use plastic pollution and Nestlé is one of the largest global corporations that relies heavily on such packaging. I would like Nestlé to be an industry leader and phase out single-use plastic packaging, while innovating bold, new solutions like refillable and reusable packaging. Thank you!

And here is the social media post:

Copy and paste the post below, or write your own! Use #PointlessPlastic and tag @greenpeaceusa.

I just called Nestlé to ask them to stop the plastic pollution crisis they’ve helped create. Will you join me and make the call too? 888-918-6672

Here’s a script you can use: Hi, my name is NAME and I’m calling from CITY, STATE. I’m very concerned by the massive amount of single-use plastic pollution and Nestlé is one of the largest global corporations that relies heavily on such packaging. I would like Nestlé to be an industry leader and phase out single-use plastic packaging, while innovating bold, new solutions like refillable and reusable packaging. Thank you!

#PointlessPlastic @greenpeaceusa

Grocery Store Project

Address the source – for most of us that is the grocery store. Here’s the link to the Greenpeace page to read more.

Basically on your smart phone you can connect to the survey and enter info for the specific store

text “Plastic” to 877877

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still participate! Take a look at the Greenpeace page  before you go to the store and write down or print out the questions. Bring a camera with you, and when you get home, fill out the survey on your computer and upload your photos.

2.  City and County Legislation

Berkeley already has a strong Ordinance adopted very recently. It’s quite long and includes 25c charge for throwaway cups and dishes. Berkeley  Our city person Leslie O’Malley is very motivated to work on this kind of thing and we’ll be talking to her more.

Santa Cruz co. already passed a more limited action called  “Plastic Pollution Mitigation”  We’ll be contacting the county to find the staff author and communicate with them.  CO.02-19