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Tuesday
Jul232019

Packagine industy lags bethind City's plastic replacement requirements

SMDP:  Local restaurants and cafes have spent the last six months swapping out plastic takeout containers and uttensils for products that can degrade in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

The Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance last August banning all single-use plastic packaging for prepared food and beverages that went into effect January 1.  Read more >

Thursday
Apr042019

Santa Monica Businesses to Begin Receiving 100 Percent Green Energy

Santa Monica Lookout:  Starting next month, Santa Monica businesses will begin receiving 100 percent green power through the city's new default energy provider, City officials said Thursday.

The businesses -- which account for 75 percent of Santa Monica's electricity demand -- will follow the lead of residents, who began using the Clean Power Alliance (CPA) as their energy provider in February.

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Tuesday
Sep112018

12 reasons why Santa Monica is a top choice for a sustainable holiday

Irish Examiner:  There’s no denying travel and tourism have an impact on the environment. But as a consumer, it is possible to minimise damage by putting some thought into the places you choose to visit. 

At the forefront of urban environmental thinking, American city Santa Monica is a favourable option for eco-conscious tourists, thanks to its longstanding environmental commitments. By 2030, the city aims to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting and recycling.

Still need convincing? Here are 12 more green reasons to go… Read more > 

Wednesday
Aug152018

City Council Bans Single-Use Plastics for Prepared Foods

Santa Monica Patch: The Santa Monica City Council approved a revision to the 2007 Nonrecyclable Plastic Food Service Container Ordinance Tuesday night to expand plastics banned to include all single-use plastics for prepared foods. This includes straws, lids, utensils, plates, bowls, trays, containers, stirrers, cups, and lid plugs, according to the City. The ordinance requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019.

"This vote aligns with the City's sustainability goals and longstanding commitment to the environment, which includes a goal to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting, and recycling by 2030," the press release said.  Read more > 

Tuesday
Nov142017

Tis the Season to Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The Buy Local Santa Monica Committee is pleased to announce the release of the annual Buy Local Santa Monica Holiday Gift Guide for 2017.  This year's guide features over 50 local businesses with gifts in two categories:  1) Buy Local Gifts - Unique/Sustainable/Handmade and 2) Buy Local Gifts on a Budget ($25 or less). 

Also be sure to pick up a copy of the Santa Monica Daily Press' Tis the Season insert, which features an abbreviated version of our Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide.  We will be showcasing our Buy Local buisnesses this holiday season on our @BuyLocalSM Facebook, Twitter + Instgram accounts so please sure to like/follow us there!  Thank you for buying local this holiday season!