Toy Companies: Stop Using Plastic Packaging

Last spring, a group of us were walking on the beach in Rincon, when we found a baby seal with plastic wrapped around his neck. Every time he moved, it would pull and choke him. We ended up being able to free him but it was horrible to see. The experience inspired us to launch this PETITION ASKING TOY COMPANIES TO ELIMINATE PLASTIC PACKAGING.  Plastic packaging is the single BIGGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE OVER 28 BILLION pounds of plastic that enter the ocean each year, representing a massive 42% of the plastic polluting our oceans (Ocean Conservancy, 2018). And toy companies are one of the biggest producers of plastic packaging. To the CEO’s of LEGO, BANDAI, NAMCO HOLDINGS, FISHER-PRICE, BARBIE, NERF, and HOT WHEELS, we are asking for your help. Toys are supposed to be for kids having fun, learning, and exploring; not polluting our ocean and the environment we live and play in. We are the kids who buy your toys. Please do the right thing and eliminate plastic packaging.  PLASTIC POLLUTION HAS A MASSIVE IMPACT ON ALL OF OUR HEALTH. From the tiniest plankton in the ocean to the largest whales in the sea, plastics effect nearly 700 species including humans. Even human babies are now regularly born with chemicals from plastic already in their bodies (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2015).  PLASTIC IS IN OUR FOOD SYSTEMS, DRINKING WATER, OCEANS, and LAKES because plastic degrades and turns into microscopic particles that enter our food and water system. CEO’s of LEGO, BANDAI, NAMCO HOLDINGS, FISHER-PRICE, BARBIE, NERF, and HOT WHEELS, thank you for doing the right...

Ocean Pollution First Hand

We’ve all read about or seen videos and photos of marine animals suffering the effects of pollution and global warming. We recently experienced something that brought it home in a way none of us had experienced before. It happened during sunset, after the day Luke collaborated with the Wilderness Nature Project in Santa Barbara and organized a day trip to the beach for a group of sixteen 4th graders to help with a beach clean up. We had finished surfing and were doing our normal end-of-the-day trash patrol, when there, not ten feet away, was a baby seal staring at us….with fishing line wrapped around his neck and a huge net dragging behind him as he crawled along on the sand. The plastic line had cut into his body and cuts covered his body where the constant pull of the ropes against him had created large swaths of broken skin. The blood shone through his dark fur. His big brown eyes looked innocent and wise at the same time. “How can you humans do this to us?” he seemed to be asking. Though you are not normally supposed to interact with sea life, we knew that with the sun setting, our phone calls to animal rescue would go unanswered until the next day. And the next day would be too late for this little guy. We knew he did not stand a chance if we just left him alone. My aunt, Nicole MacNaughton, was able to get ahold of a friend who is a naturalist and she suggested that if possible, we gently cover the head of the seal...
We Need an EPA Director Who Cares About the Environment

We Need an EPA Director Who Cares About the Environment

One hundred seventy+ environmental organizations have joined together to oppose Pruitt’s nomination to head EPA. In a letter to supporters, the media and Congress, here’s what they conclude about his nomination: President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has actively worked against the mission of the agency he has been nominated to lead. He should be rejected by the Senate. Scott Pruitt’s views and actions run counter to the EPA’s critical mission to protect our health and the environment. He is unfit to administer the laws he would be entrusted to enforce. I know we’re just kids, but this just doesn’t make sense. I think we’re going to have to be part of the #checksandbalances that make our country great. We’re talking about ideas and trying to figure out how we can have the most impact. Got ideas? Join EcoKid and let us know! Meanwhile thanks to the NRDC, Moms Clean Air Force, and the hundreds of other organizations who care about clean air, food, water, and life more than they care about...

One Straw At a Time

My friend Maddy had a great idea: get restaurants to stop using plastic straws. She and her friends went all over the town of San Anselmo and convinced restaurateurs to #makeadifference and #reduceplastic. Super cool! Read more here. Imagine what would happen if you did this in your town too? Try it and tell us what...