Plastics… A Panel Discussion about Kicking the Plastic Habit @ San Francisco Public Library

When: Back to Calendar » September 27, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: San Francisco Public Library - Koret Auditorium, Main Library Branch (Downtown San Francisco)
100 Larkin St
San Francisco,CA 94102
Cost: FREE

Please join Sustainable Surf’s Co-founder, Michael Stewart, and other local activists and artists this Thursday evening at the San Francisco Public Library, as we participate in an engaging panel discussion about the ways that plastic affects our world – on land and sea – and how we can break the plastic habit.

The panel will be moderated by Daniella Dimitrova Russo, co-founder and Executive Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition , an alliance of businesses and individuals working together to end plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animals and the environment.

Panelists Include:

Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang – Since 1999 Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang have maintained Marin’s Kehoe Beach, each weekend combing for plastic debris and removing over a ton of plastic trash over the last 10 years.  This plastic is not left on the beach but washed to shore from the ocean. Back in their studios they clean, sort and categorize the pieces according to color and kind. They use the plastic to make artworks including large sculptures, installations, photo tableaus and jewelry.

Michael Stewart – Co-founder of Sustainable Surf , a nonprofit organization that has created a unique “styrofoam” recycling program called Waste to Waves (W2W). The W2W program was developed to capture this (non-point source) potential plastic pollution from individuals, before it can enter the marine environment, and is designed to then turn that waste EPS / styrofoam packaging material into new, recycled surfboard cores. Michael leads the program efforts of the W2W program here in the Bay area, whose current collection partners include local surfshops Aqua Surf (Ocean Beach) & Proof Lab (Mill Valley), Patagonia store (Fisherman’s Wharf), Sports Basement and the Tides Center (Presidio), as well as a new collaboration the CA Academy of Sciences (Golden Gate Park), to recycle their internally generated EPS / styrofoam.

Susan Freinkel – Author, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Freinkel’s book treks through history, science and the global economy to assess the real impact of plastic in our lives,  a substance that has become the defining medium—and metaphor—of our age.


For more details, please see the event website here:

This is a Green Stacks event,  a program of the Stegner Environmental Center.


When: Thurs, 9/27/2012, 6:00 – 7:30

Where: Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, Main Library Branch, 100 Larkin St. (Downtown San Francisco)


San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin St.

San Francisco, 94102

(415) 557-4400