In the Media

  • Santa Cruz packaging law passed

    New City of Santa Cruz to-go packaging law passed A recent study in the journal Science Advances and subsequent coverage found that 9 billion tons of plastics have been created since 1950. To date, only 9 ...

  • New thrift store building is open

    (Santa Cruz Sentinel, by Jondi Gumz) -- Cindy Rady was pleased as punch with her finds Friday. She had a foldable colander, a jeweled tray, an ice cream scoop, a corkscrew and two ...

  • Celebrating a Century

    Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Name Dropping," May 14, 2017 by Tim Brattan, Grey Bears Executive Director Joe Jurnecka celebrated his 100th birthday April 28 while volunteering on the Grey Bears brown bag line. At 8 a.m., ...

  • Recycling goes where? Why everyone’s confused

    With varying rules city-to-city, it’s not always easy being green By Angela Hill, Bay Area News Group, April 20, 2017 So there you are, in your kitchen, holding an empty juice carton and the fate ...

  • Repair Cafe in the New York Times

    At Repair Cafes, ‘Beloved but Broken’ Possessions Find New Life New York Times - January 18, 2017 - By Christopher Melejan If you’ve ever despaired of getting your vacuum cleaner fixed or thought that your ...

  • More seniors feeling isolated

    Paying for mortgage or rent among top 10 challenges, survey finds. (Santa Cruz Sentinel - Thursday, January 12, 2017) -- by Jondi Gumz Two new concerns cropped up in a survey of more than ...

  • Female Doctors Better for Older Patients

    Female Doctors May Be Better for Older Patients' Health The findings raise questions about if those physicians' methods could be pinpointed and copied By Casey Ross, STAT on December 19, 2016 in Scientific American A new ...

  • Grey Bears in Sentinel Letters

    (Santa Cruz Sentinel, Letters to the Editor, October 3, 2016) -- It all started with a flat tire and a dead cell phone in front of Grey Bears last week. I asked Karen ...

  • Hundreds of California recycling centers close – what now?

    Blue bins piled high with gleaming cans and pink plastic bags bulging with plastic jugs snaked up to the recycling center outside a Foods Co. on a recent Wednesday morning, with customers lined ...

  • The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

    Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting back. From The Smithsonian Magazine, by Emily Matcher, July 13, 2016 Fifty years ago, if ...

  • Grey Bears & Hula’s – Aloha in Action!

    Giving Back with Thanks (by Justine DaCosta, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Community Page-Name Dropping, Sunday, April 3, 2016) - Grey Bears was recognized with a big Mahalo last month, as the staff at Hula's ...

  • Grey Bears in Sentinel Story on Retirees

    (Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 25, 2016) -- Santa Cruz County’s retired population is one of the fastest growing in the nation, according to a new report on aging baby boomers. Between 2005 and ...

  • How the US can solve food waste problem

    An $18bn proposal aims to reduce the more than 52m tons of food waste that goes to landfill every year. (The Guardian - Wednesday, March 9, 2016) -- Businesses could save nearly $2bn a ...

  • E-Commerce: Convenience and Cardboard

    (New York Times, February 16, 2016) — Ruchit Garg, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, says that he worries that something isn’t right with his Internet shopping habit. With each new delivery to his doorstep ...

  • Skid in oil prices pulls recycling down

    (New York Times, February 12, 2016) — In a cavernous recycling facility crisscrossed with conveyor belts, enormous bales of crumpled plastic bottles are stacked one atop another, waiting to be sold to the ...

  • Holiday dinner reconnects a large family

    Santa Cruz Sentinel - Monday, December 7, 2015 -- As the Kirby Choir harmonized on “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from the stage, diners enjoyed Grey Bears’ Holiday Dinner at the Santa ...