A Plastic-Free Future in Los Angeles
We're celebrating two huge Earth Month wins in Los Angeles! LA County passed an ordinance that reduces single-use plastic and eliminates expanded polystyrene at local restaurants. Shortly afterward, LA City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the implementation of 14 different motions aimed at reducing plastic pollution, including phasing out single-use plastic at City facilities and events, an expanded polystyrene ban, and closing loopholes in the bag ban.
Learn More About the Ordinances
We can ban single-use plastic, but how does this impact local businesses? We're working on a project with Esperanza Community Housing to examine the current state of reusables at Mercado La Paloma, a community space and marketplace in Los Angeles. We're conducting surveys and focused conservations with the vendors to better understand the barriers and feasibility of transitioning from single-use plastic to reusable foodware.
Washing and drying our clothing contaminates the air we breathe with plastic microfibers. We're beginning our Plastic Air study this summer to explore microfiber emissions. 

We're looking for commercial laundry facilities in San Francisco to be part of this research. Email [email protected] with leads! 
We released the first edition of The Gyre, a new monthly newsletter exclusively for our Ambassadors. Interested in joining this global network? Apply here!

Speaking of Ambassadors, Peter Harley (@northatlanticchallenge) is preparing to row 4,000 miles from the United States to France. Read about his adventure on CNN.
Partner Bulletin
  • The 5 Gyres team will be at Outdoor Retailer in Denver next month. Connect with us if you'll be there too!
  • Blueland came out with a first-of-its-kind powder body wash. Just add water!
  • Liquid Death's new campaign has a simple message: Don't F*** the Planet
  • ProGrade Digital designed new packaging that reduces their plastic waste by 98%. Watch the video.
  • Maison Marcel is planning a series of beach clean-ups in New York this summer. Stay tuned for more details! 
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