This month, as part of LoaTree’s ongoing Better World Series, Santa Barbara will play host to a number of events aimed at educating the public about the risks posed by plastic pollution while encouraging creative strategies to reduce plastic use and consumption. Read more below, and then join us!
Ocean Adventures with the Female Indiana Jones
Kicking things off in our third wave of the Better World Series is eco-adventurer, film-maker and well known plastics reduction advocate, Alison Teal. This event will highlight local, national, and international efforts to stem the rising tide of plastic pollution with concrete examples from the business sector, nonprofits, and individuals.
The event, Peace Out, Plastics! will be held at Impact Hub Santa Barbara (1117 State St.) on Thursday, June 29th from 6-9pm. Ticket cost is $15 and includes live music by Erisy Watt, food by Duo Catering & Events, drinks by Rincon Brewery and Pandol Wines, coffee by Welcome Coffee Cart, and a sweet raffle! This is a plastic-free event, of course.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but space is limited.
Lifelong adventurer and surfer, Alison Teal travels the world filming environmental and cultural phenomena, sharing it through her blog, photo, and film series, Alison’s Adventures. The series inspires millions across the globe to travel by sharing the heart, soul, and spectacular beauty of each country she visits using education and entertainment.
Alison will be joined by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director of international nonprofit 5 Gyres. 5 Gyres inspires action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. Alison and Rachel will hold an intimate 1-on-1 discussion highlighting Alison’s worldwide travels and her ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste and educate the public about the harm inflicted by oceanic plastic pollution. Alison will use film and photos to emphasize her presentation and inspire conversation.
Peace Out, Plastics will also showcase the work of a number of local and national businesses and nonprofits working on plastics reduction through entrepreneurship, innovation, and education. These include Avasol, Bees Wrap, Brush with Bamboo, Bureo, Life Without Plastic, Nomadix, and Simply Straws. Nonprofit partners include Explore Ecology, 5 Gyres, the Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara ChanelKeeper and Save the Mermaids.
But Wait, There’s More!
If you’re looking for other ways to plug in, LoaTree’s Better World Series has a few more opportunities for you to get creative in ditching plastic. Check out these opportunities!
Beach Clean-Up – The Better World Series will host a beach clean-up on Saturday morning, July 1st, from 10:30am-12pm at Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara. Alison Teal will team up with LoaTree, Explore Ecology and Save the Mermaids at the Watershed Resource Center, providing a brief introduction and welcome before hitting the beach for some good, clean fun! Come one, come all – and bring the kids! This event is FREE. RSVP here so we know how many eco-warriors to expect.
Do It Yourself Workshop – A second event will take place on Saturday afternoon, July 1st at 12pm, also at the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach. At this event, participants will be joined by Ventura-based ‘The Refill Shoppe’ as they create their own unique, up-cycled products while enjoying mimosas, non-alcoholic beverages, and light appetizers. ‘What’s on tap,’ you ask? Participants will make their own toothpaste, laundry detergent, storage-ware and other household necessities out of local and non-toxic ingredients, taking them home in re-used and re-usable jars and containers. Space for the DIY event is extremely limited. Tickets are $25. Buy your tickets here.
Can You Be Plastic Free?
Let’s face it, plastic is a problem. Which is why we’ve partnered with Save the Mermaids to join in on #PlasticFreeJuly: a month-long challenge to ditch single-use plastics starting on July 1st. Throughout the month, we ask that you join individuals and organizations worldwide vowing to refuse plastic products. As you opt for alternatives to plastic, we ask that you document your journey– take pictures of the plastic you find impossible to avoid and tag us! We’ll share your story with the community on social media. It’s time to start bringing your own bags to grocery stores, say “No straw, thank you” while dining out, and bring your own reusable cup or water bottle everywhere you can. Join our #PlasticFreeJuly campaign by clicking here and then clicking the ‘mobilize’ button on the right hand side of the screen.
The Better World Series
The Better World Series is a year-long effort designed by LoaTree that is comprised by five ‘waves’ addressing the some of most important topics of our time. It seeks to gather, activate and mobilize participants through in-person events, intimate discussions, and digital campaigns.
Still to come in 2017 is our Sustainable Agriculture wave featuring a number of regional farmers and producers addressing the realities of farming and ranching in the era of climate change and other challenges (September), and our Art as Activism wave featuring internationally reknown artist Faviana Rodriquez, who will showcase her art while discussing art as a tool for social change and movement building (October). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list or for more information.