August 3, 2023 from 1-1:45 PM, Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Albany.

The Ecology Center’S PLASTIC FREE JULY, a series of events for community members to learn, take action, get tips on reducing plastic waste, and connect with others who are concerned about the global problem of plastic pollution.

In 2017, the City of Berkeley officially declared July Plastic Free Month joining international efforts to reduce plastic. Plastic Free July is an annual event that began in Western Australia in 2011 and has spread across the globe. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to reduce their reliance on single-use plastic disposables, reduce plastic pollution, and push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis- during July and beyond. Having launched one of the nation’s first curbside recycling programs in 1973, the Ecology Center has been a long-time champion of zero waste policies and models. We worked to bring Plastic Free July from Australia to the East Bay in the early 2010s in order to bring you into our fight against plastics!

Wednesday, July 12, 6 – 7:30pm
Chasing Arrows: The Truth About Recycling
Online, Registration Required

Celebrate Plastic Free July with the Ecology Center and other Alliance of Mission-Based Recyclers on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 6 pm PT — Join a virtual watch party featuring our short film, “Chasing Arrows: The Truth About Recycling,” then stick around for an engaging panel discussion and live Q&A.

Tuesday, July 18, 2 – 6:30pm
Plastic Free Popup: Recycling 101
South Berkeley Farmer’s Market 63rd & Adeline

Join us at the South Berkeley Farmers’ Market for a recycling extravaganza! Leo Mendoza, the Recycling Education Coordinator from the Ecology Center, will be there to answer your questions and provide information on basic recycling sorting. Don’t let your good intentions go to waste! Swing by and learn how to confidently separate your plastics, paper, cans, and cartons.

Saturday, July22, 11am – 1pm
Road to Refill: A Walking Tour
Meet at the Ecology Center, 2630 San Pablo Ave.

Wondering how to reduce your plastic consumption beyond using a reusable tote for your grocery shopping? Let us introduce you to Refill, a practice that can help you cut single use packaging out of your life by buying food and home care products in reusable containers. Shopping refill can dramatically reduce the amount of plastic you consume and it’s easier than you’d think.
Join the Ecology Center, Berkeley Bowl, and The Re-Up Refill Shop for the Road to Refill: A Walking Tour! We’ll walk you through the step by step of shopping refill, showcase some of the great options for refill in the East Bay, and share strategies for avoiding single use packaging.
* Please note this event does include walking approximately 1.2 miles, from Ecology Center to Berkeley Bowl West and back.

Tuesday, July 25, 2:30 – 6pm
Plastic Free South Berkeley: Neighborhood Clean Up
& #BreakFreeFromPlastic
Brand Audit
South Berkeley Farmer’s Market 63rd & Adeline

Who is responsible for the plastic pollution in your neighborhood? For six years the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement has been compiling data on which companies produce the plastic litter found in our neighborhoods, environment, and watersheds and collected from community members like you. At the end of each year this information is compiled into a global report and has been used to hold plastic producing companies accountable. Join the Ecology Center in taking part in this movement by cleaning up and auditing litter in South Berkeley! Bring your own gloves and buckets to pick up litter if possible, we will have equipment for folks who need it.

While a neighborhood clean up alone can feel like a reaction to the plastics problem, by collecting and leveraging data we can make a lasting impact by going after those who have made plastics so pervasive. Join the Ecology Center for Plastic Free South Berkeley: Neighborhood Clean Up & #BreakFreeFromPlastic Brand Audit. Together we will pick up litter and record its data to be submitted to #BreakFreeFromPlastic’s Global Brand Audit.
Feel free to come for part or all of the event.

This event is outside, please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Closed toed shoes are required.


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