skip to Main Content


  • Trade in disposable straws for reusable. Final Straw is a portable straw in a cool case. And since the company just relocated to Santa Barbara, you can buy local and help save a sea turtle.
  • Bring your film plastic to CEC. We have partnered with Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners and SB Channelkeeper to collect film plastic (see accepted list here) so it can be made into home products like decks and benches.
  • Pledge to reduce bottled water consumption. You’ll save plastic waste and money! If you drink eight glasses of water a day, you’ll pay $1,800 for that amount of bottled water per year. Compare that to filtered pitcher at $69.35 per year or tap water at just $0.49.


Almost every product and service we rely on today is manufactured with and transported by fossil fuels.

However, as we strive to become a fossil free community, we have the power to choose eco-smart products that use fewer fossil fuels. When we opt for locally grown food, limited plastic packaging, and energy smart products, we not only reduce our carbon footprint, we support environmentally conscious businesses and our own local economy. We also have the power to reduce our impact even further by consuming less — and quite possibly enjoying our occasional purchases more.


Here are some of the specific actions CEC is taking that you can act on too.

Rethink the Drink

We’ve helped Santa Barbara County schools install water refill stations that have been used over 3 million times. Learn how you can get involved.

Ban the Bag

CEC helped Santa Barbara County and City pass laws that eliminate more than 100 million plastic bags from circulation each year. These actions created the momentum that led to California’s statewide law. Learn more here.

Ditch Plastic Resources & Blog

CEC provides ideas for how you can reduce plastic use and make eco-friendly purchasing decisions. Click on any of the links below to explore these resources.

CEC’s Ditch Plastic Blog

Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance (external URL)

The Story of Bottled Water (external URL)

EPS Ordinance

Proposed Straw, Stirrers + Cutlery Reduction Ordinance


Back To Top