The Truth About Plastics Summit – Bellingham 

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Zero Waste Washington partnered with the Mt. Baker Group of the Sierra Club to host an all-day event, The Truth About Plastics, an educational plastics forum, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.

At this all-day event we explored the life cycle of plastics; the harmful impacts along the way; and how we all, especially industry and government, can reduce or eliminate those impacts.

Thank you to the sponsors of the forum: Whatcom Community College, Community Food Co-op, Trader Joe’s Drinkingstraws.glass, Haggen Northwest Fresh, Lettered Streets Coffee House, Folium, and Surfrider Foundation.


Videos (coming soon) and PDFs of the presentations and discussions are below

Microplastics: the emergence of a global conservation concern (keynote) Peter Ross, Ocean Wise

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

Plastics 101: What’s, How’s and Where’s Mark Peyron, Western Washington University

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

Plastic and Human Health Patricia Hunt, Washington State University

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

Plastics and Climate Change: Petrochemical Processing in Northwest Washington Alex Ramel, Stand.earth

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

Waste and Plastics Sustainability Efforts at Whatcom Community College – Tahani Alfazel, Luke Anderson, and Kris Dietz, Whatcom Community College Sustainability Club

No PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

Recycling and Sustainability Issues: What We Each Can Do to Reduce Plastic Use Gwen Larned, Trashy Radical

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

The Truth About Plastics Industry Deceptive Advertising – From Early Litterbug to Current Campaigns Rick Eggerth, Mt. Baker Group of the Sierra Club

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.

Local and Statewide Policy Solutions Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington     

PDF of PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.      

Speaker Roundtable and Dialogue with Audience

No PowerPoint presentation. Video coming soon.