Community programs

The Last Plastic Straw

The Last Plastic Straw (TLPS) educates the public on the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. TLPS aims to eliminate from the source, the use of single use plastic, preventing them from entering our landfills, streams, oceans, and beaches. Their strategy is simple - request “no straw” at bars and restaurants and share your commitment with others.
Encourage your favorite restaurant or bar to only provide straws on request from the customer and to use compostable
or reusable options to the plastic straw.
DO LESS: less consumption, less waste, less straws. It’s a win-win! TLPS is a project of Plastic Pollution Coalition. 







Be Straw Free campaign  

Every day we use 500 million disposable straws which contribute to plastic pollution and have a major impact on the environment. Take a pledge to be a part of straw-free campaign organized by Eco Cycle. Go straw free and contribute to the fight against plastic pollution. Learn about the Each one reach one approach and make a difference.






Center for a New American Dream webinar on Bag the Bag

In September 2015, Center for a New American Dream presented a webinar about how to organize a campaign to eliminate plastic bags in communities across the country. The webinar revealed how to get started, how to build public support, and how to navigate the related legislative and legal issues — with a special look at successful initiatives in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.









Choose to be Straw Free 

Eco-Cycle is proud to be the new home for the Be Straw Free campaign, started by Milo Cress at age 9. Please join us in enjoying drinks--strawless!

Take a pledge to avoid plastic straws and make a difference in the community.









Earth Resource Foundation – School Clubs  

ERF School Clubs give youth the opportunity to make environmental changes within their schools and communities. Club members are empowered to assess problems and create solutions they implement themselves.








Ecology Center 

Tips from the city of Berkeley, Calif. on our need to reduce, reuse, recycle and eliminate plastic from our lives.








Green 2 Go

Learn about Metro Vancouver Canada’s waste challenges and their Reduction Plan. This instructive report addresses issues common to metropolitan cities worldwide and the issues they face with to-go containers. While a full lifecycle analysis of all available containers would provide a clear picture of the most environmentally friendly container, such analyses are expensive and not currently available. In its absence, a team of researchers from the SPEC’s Waste Committee undertook a review of current information in order to evaluate the relative environmental
and economic merits of available to-go container products. They reviewed six types of containers, outlining production
related impacts, the financial costs, and what options for disposal exist in order to assist restaurants with their
procurement and disposal options for to-go containers. The report includes discussions about bioplastics, biodegradables
and compostables and the challenges of plastics in general including health and environmental hazards.  







Incredible Oceans - The Whale Company

Lectures at Festivals and Events around the UK — Topics include:

  • The Best Animal Ever (age 5-adult)
  • Cetaceans (age 10-adult)
  • Under Pressure (age 10-adult)







Project AWARE

Project AWARE fights for the prevention and reduction of marine debris. Through their Partnerships Against Trash, Project AWARE works with governments, NGOs and businesses to affect change on a global scale. In order to achieve a long-term solution, they recognize the need to influence policy at local, national and international levels to prevent trash from entering the ocean in the first place. This grassroots effort focuses on Dive Against Debris, in which Project AWARE supporters remove undersea litter collected while diving and report results.  Not only does the trash removed during Dive Against Debris make the ocean safer for marine life, but the information reported helps inform policy change.







Pens and markers — put them in a box and send them to Terracycle. Sign up here. Check out Terracycle’s other recycling solutions.







There is No Away (TINA)

TINA paired 16 Global Student Embassy club members from  Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, CA with 16 restaurants in the town with the goal of convincing each restaurant owner to sign our pledge to ONLY serve Straws Upon Request. Check out their progress here. If Drake High students can do this in their town, you can too!