Did you know that every day, Americans use over 500 million straws? That’s enough plastic waste to fill a school bus 125 times a day! Not only do these straws end up on our streets beaches, but they are also made of Polypropylene (#5), a type of plastic which most cities can’t recycle. This summer, Grades of Green is partnering with Heal the Bay to encourage individuals to go strawless and businesses to only offer straws upon request. This simple change can have a huge impact on the plastic pollution that ends up in our beaches and in the stomachs of marine wildlife. Join us this summer and take the pledge to be straw free – and don’t forget to share a picture of your #strawlesssummer on social media with us!

What’s better than fresh, handmade cosmetics? Fresh, handmade cosmetics that support grassroots causes for people, animals, and the environment! On Sunday, Grades of Green had a Charity Pot Fundraiser at Lush Cosmetics in the Del Amo Fashion Center. Customers had the opportunity to fill out Grades of Green pledge cards and made pledges to help the environment. From going vegan to reducing the use of straws, Grades of Green received pledges that help all areas of the environment. Customers also got to sample Lush’s Charity Pot body lotion which contains a hydrating cocoa butter base that leaves skin soft and hydrated. The best part? 100% of the Charity Pot price goes to organizations like Grades of Green! Want to make an environmental pledge of your own? Click here to register and unlock Grades of Green’s 40+ Activities for inspiration.