Through our events and event sponsorships, LoaTree seeks to engage the public in educational and interactive ways. Music, food, and art are just some of the tools we leverage as we seek to build healthy and resilient communities.


June 29 • 6-9PM • Impact Hub Santa Barbara • 1117 State St. Santa Barbara, CA • $15

The third Wave of the Better World Series has arrived: Peace Out, Plastics!

Our first event for this exciting Wave will feature international eco-adventurer, film-maker, and well known anti-plastics advocate, Alison Teal. Alison has been called the female Indiana Jones for her adventurous ocean-based lifestyle. Alison will be joined by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director of international nonprofit 5 Gyres, in 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.

There’s more! The event will showcase the work of a number of business and nonprofits working on plastics reduction through innovation and education.

🌎 ~ Business highlights ~ We’re excited to include Avasol, Brush with Bamboo, Bureo, Life Without Plastic, Nomadix, and Simply Straws as our awesome business partners for this event. Each will provide a plastic alternative product to be raffled off at the end of our event!

🌎 ~ Nonprofit partners ~ Joining us will be Better World Series sponsor, Explore Ecology, alongside 5 Gyres, the Community Environmental Council (CEC), Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and SAVE THE MERMAIDS.

Come check out the latest and the greatest in plastic-free and upcycled lifestyle products and services. Tickets are $15 and get you 100 new friends, live music, food, cozy coffee drinks from Welcome Coffee Cart, 1 complimentary beverage from Rincon Brewery or Pandol Wines, and dozens of ‘good citizen’ points. This event is part of the Better World Series — an ongoing LoaTree project that builds community, profiles changemakers, and inspires action for the purpose of building a better world.

Special thanks to Fielding Graduate University and the Santa Barbara Independent for sponsoring the Better World Series.


Saturday, July 1 • 10:30AM • Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara, CA • FREE

As part of the third Wave of the Better World Series, all are welcome to come join us on Saturday, July 1st at Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara for a good ol’ fashioned beach clean up. Alison TealExplore Ecology, and SAVE THE MERMAIDS will tag team this clean-up effort. Meet at the Watershed Resource Center at 10:30 AM to check-in and to collect clean up supplies. LoaTree and Alison will provide a brief introduction and welcome before hitting the beach for some good, clean fun!

Help us say ‘Peace Out, Plastics!’ This event is FREE, but please RSVP on Facebook so we know how many eco-warriors to expect.

And don’t forget: On Thursday, June 29th preceding the weekend’s activities, Better World Series and LoaTree will host an intimate conversation with Alison Teal and Rebecca Lincoln Sarnoff of 5 Gyres at the Impact Hub in downtown Santa Barbara.

To learn more about these exciting events and campaigns happening in honor of Peace Out, Plastics!, head to


Saturday, July 1 • 12 – 2PM • Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara, CA • $25

On Saturday afternoon, July 1st, join LoaTree and Ventura-based the Refill Shoppe to round out a couple of activations aimed at reducing our use of plastic in our day to day lives. We’ll meet at Explore Ecology‘s Watershed Resource Center (Arroyo Burro Beach) at 12pm, where Refill Shoppe owner Michelle Stevens will instruct participants in the creation of a number of cool up-cycled and recycled goods and products.

In addition to walking away with your hand made goodies, guests will be treated to light appetizers and mimosas (WooHoo!), along with non-alcoholic beverage options. Cost of this event is $25 and space is extremely limited.

To learn more about exciting events and campaigns happening in honor of Peace Out, Plastics!, head to


Wednesday, June 21, 6-8PM, 508 E. Haley St.

As some of you know, LoaTree has teamed up with the Lost Art of Love Letters in developing a series of ‘Expression Sessions’ encouraging letter writing on a number of important topics. Join us next Wednesday, June 21 between 6pm and 8pm at our downtown office (508 E. Haley St. Santa Barbara) for our next installment. This month’s theme is ‘Mental Health.’

1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. Join us in sending letters of love, support & advocacy to end the stigma of mental illness and promote greater support for mental wellness. Letters can be addressed to anyone in your life that is going through a hard time, as well as individuals/organizations working tirelessly to improve mental health throughout our community.

Expression Sessions are action-based community gatherings combining art and activism in the form of letter writing. Each individual is invited to tap into their deepest emotions about the state of our world and voice their opinions, cares and concerns by writing handwritten letters aimed at making a difference. 

RSVP for our next Expression Session here. Sign up to join the Expression Session mailing list here.

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