Waste

Clean Water is  taking-on single use products. From shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products.  We engage businesses, local governments, and individual consumers in rethinking the disposable lifestyle.

Study On Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Disposable vs Reusable Foodservice Products

Expensive, so-called environmentally friendly, compostable cups actually produce more greenhouse gases in the landfill than their conventional plastic counterparts, according to a new study by ReThink Disposable. 

Recent Actions

Protect local control over single-use plastic bag policies

Don’t let the state legislature take away a common sense solution to addressing a litter issue that negatively impacts our rivers and streams, clogs our storm drains, blights our neighborhoods, and threatens our wildlife.

Take the Pledge to Reduce Single-Use today!

Pledge to reduce your reliance on single-use disposable products and packaging.

Press Releases

Make “House Call” on South Carolina Company Spending the Most To Overturn Environmental Protections, Persist with Plastic Pollution

August 30, 2014

It took 6 years of advocacy and the building of a grassroots movement to make this happen, but with 121 local ordinances already on the books across California, our legislature finally followed the will of the people.

Waste Blog Posts

April 10, 2017

Five ReThink Disposable staff and 45 students recovered a surprising amount of trash on a litter cleanup and characterization at Laney College in Oakland recently:

Our goal was to identify sources of trash on campus and help the students create a source reduction program on campus to stop litter before it starts. We also wanted to prevent litter from polluting Peralta Creek, San Lorenzo Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. 

March 29, 2017

Waste is a design flaw! This was the message at the 5th Annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence (ZWYC) in San Francisco. Zero Waste Youth is an international organization that engages students and professionals to promote concepts for a zero waste future through waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.

This year’s convergence featured 31 speakers, including ReThink Disposable’s very own Chris Slafter, who championed the importance of reducing the use of single use disposable food and beverage packaging items.

January 19, 2017

Aquariums are in a great position to educate their visitors about the harmful impacts of plastic pollution. Lots of people visit aquariums—more than 183 million, worldwide, each year—and, according to research, they trust them more than most other public and private agencies.

I was thrilled to be invited to speak at a gathering of Aquarium staff from all over the country in Monterey Bay last month. About 100 guests representing 20 aquariums, nine environmental non-profits, a handful of consultancies, and a food and retail service provider participated in the event.