Remember to pop those balloons!

Balloons in street

It has been awhile since my last balloon rant, so time for another one! Yesterday, I was walking in my neighborhood and came across these balloons in the street. I’m happy for whoever had the baby girl, but it’s not necessarily something I want to learn about by finding trash. In this case, the person… [read more]

Californians report your experience with signature gatherers

Plastic bags

In my last post about the plastics industry’s effort to overturn SB270, California’s state ban on single-use plastic bags, I forgot to mention one thing. If you happen to bump into a signature gatherer when you’re out and about, the organization Californians Against Waste would like to hear about it. They’re collecting information on people’s… [read more]

A trashy start to July

Flyer on the street

July started with trash on the streets. In my Los Angeles neighborhood, it’s common practice for people to leave flyers on car windshields. Alas, this advertising method leads to trash everywhere: on the street, sidewalks, driveways and grassy areas. Flyers end up on the ground in a variety of ways. Sometimes the wind catches them,… [read more]

A gift wrapped in biodegradable plastic

Biodegradable plastic bag

My in-laws recently visited Los Angeles and they came bearing gifts! During a trip to Italy, they went on a tour of Federica, a famous Murano glass production facility and maker of awesome Murano glass animals. They picked up a beautiful glass dolphin for me, which was very exciting to receive. How is this relevant… [read more]

One Piece: it all adds up!

OnePiece sticker

Yesterday I received something very cool in the mail: a One Piece sticker! What’s that you say? Well, the One Piece sticker is the brainchild of Tom Fucigna, a writer, ocean fan, paddleboard enthusiast, environmental steward and all around cool guy doing whatever he can to help save the oceans and in particular Florida’s coast.… [read more]

Thank you for the plastic grocery bag ban Los Angeles!

Plastic bag flying in the breeze

As I was busy spending time with my parents who were visiting last week, an amazing thing happened: On June 26, 2013, outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law a plastic bag ban for the City of Los Angeles. At first I was confused because I thought the plastic bag ban had already passed last… [read more]

The Pacific Garbage Patch as art

Garbage patch gyre

Do you ever feel like we’re swimming in garbage? Well, we are, both figuratively and literally (or litter-ally). Trash is everywhere. When I go for walks around my neighborhood, I always see trash…always. Usually, it’s fast food containers, leaflets that have fallen off cars and plastic bags. Since I see trash all the time, I… [read more]

Help prevent another balloon release

Balloons creepy smiling

Another Memorial Day has come and gone and with it another balloon release. Three years ago, members of the whale watching community in Los Angeles sent emails and made calls in an attempt to stop Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes from releasing balloons as part of their Memorial Day service. The cemetery… [read more]