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A Lesson in Activism from Phil Pister

A Lesson in Activism from Phil Pister

Written by Kathy Turner In mid-January the world lost one of the world’s most impactful conservationists, environmental biologist, Phil Pister. Phil Pister spent the majority of his career working as a district fisheries biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game (now the Department of Fish and Wildlife). Pister’s moment of infamy in conservation circles began in 1969 when he found himself facing a crisis. As told by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, he and his colleagues had been monitoring a small remnant population of the Owens Pupfish. Once believed extinct, the Owens Pupfish was found to have survived in...

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What's all the hype about Veganuary?

Every January, we hear tons of people resolve to be more sustainable, including a pledge to eat less meat. Especially after the holidays, it's easy to want to eat a bit lighter and resolve to drop the pounds that we all put on from the rich foods and cocktails. But for many years, going totally vegan felt like a huge stretch that wasn't even possible for me.  It's fair to say that I have never gotten all the way through January with a totally vegan diet... so why do I keep trying? Let's start with the impact of the meat and dairy...

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We're saying goodbye to sheets and pods

We're saying goodbye to sheets and pods

In 2023, we'll be saying goodbye to some products in our laundry and dishwashing assortments - namely sheets and pods.  If you've been in the store and asked us about these products, you have likely heard our opinion on these products... that they aren't our preferred solution, but there are some times where these products may be a good choice for someone.  Here are some of our most answered questions about our decisions: Gimme the TL;DR version? Nope, this one is kind of intense. Stick with us here. Why now? Honestly, this has been a topic of discussion for a few years now, but I hadn't taken...

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Our 2022 Plastic-Free Holiday Gift Guide is here!

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Our 2022 Plastic-Free Holiday Gift Guide is here!

Tis the season, and that usually brings with it a lot of waste.  In fact, while Americans average about 5 pounds of garbage per day, that figure jumps by 25% around the holiday season.  It doesn't need to be that way! Whether you're shopping for a zero waste pro or something who could use a nudge to put down some eco-unfriendly habits, we've got you covered.  And did you know that we offer in-store service for free to help pull together gift ideas that match your budget?  Just ask our staff!  And when in doubt, we offer paper gift cards (custom amounts available in-store)....

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The proposed 2023 Solid Waste Collection rates are... garbage.

Just received the City of San Mateo's 2023 Proposed Solid Waste Rates, and well... it's terrible.  We work VERY hard to minimize our waste, and to make sure that San Mateo has a community resource (our store!) to help others do the same. Yet the proposed pricing structure will increase rates marginally for those households who have massive garbage cans, and will increase my rates by 20%?!  What the HECK?!  Why do I work so hard if it's literally going to cost me MORE to haul away LESS garbage? We've got to say something about this, and get City Council to think differently here. ...

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