The Organization: What We Do
WHAT IS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY?
Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:
Design out waste and pollution
Keep products and materials in use
Regenerate natural systems
In a circular economy, economic activity builds and rebuilds overall system health. The concept recognises the importance of the economy needing to work effectively at all scales – for large and small businesses, for organisations and individuals, globally and locally.
Transitioning to a circular economy does not only amount to adjustments aimed at reducing the negative impacts of the linear economy. Rather, it represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits.
Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation
ReFuel Your Fun & $ave
ReFuel Your Fun, developed by NSAC's affiliate organization, the California Product Stewardship Council, promotes the use of reusable 1 lb. propane cylinders in lieu of the wasteful and costly single-use 1 lb. propane cylinders used to fuel camp stoves, tailgating grills and more. Click the logo to the right to visit the ReFuel Your Fun website.
If you are interested in expanding ReFuel Your Fun in your region, please contact
Don't Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin We ALL Win
Don't Rush to Flush, Don't Rush to Flush developed by NSAC's affiliate organization, the California Product Stewardship Council, promotes the safe storage and disposal of unwanted medications to protect human health and the environment. Click the logo to the right to visit the Don't Rush to Flush website.
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Campaign to End U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medicine "Flush List"
Messages on medicine disposal are inconsistent between federal agencies and often conflict with state and local regulations or guidance against flushing or trash disposal of these medications. Currently, the FDA provides a list medicines recommended for disposal by flushing on its website.
Why is disposal of leftover medications by flushing bad?
Disposal of leftover medications by flushing contributes to pharmaceutical pollution that is harming aquatic ecosystems and entering our food web. Wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove human waste and easily degraded organics, and cannot effectively remove pharmaceuticals and other complex, synthetic chemicals. Because of this, some wastewater agencies have established laws, regulations, or guidance prohibiting flushing as a disposal method for pharmaceuticals.
NSAC Takes ACTION:
In an effort to end the FDA’s flush list and harmonize federal agency messaging on medicine disposal, NSAC and its affiliate organization, the California Product Stewardship Council, prepared a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff in January 2016 that over 100 environmental and health organizations, agencies, activists and state legislators signed on to. The letter asks for a single disposal guidance and to clarify that secure medicine take-back programs provide the best disposal method for leftover household medications. An updated letter was then sent to the FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf, M.D. in April 2016.
On May 3, 2016 NSAC received a letter from Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Planning Legislation & Analysis, Jeremy Sharp in response to the letter. The response letter states “FDA supports the proper disposal of unused prescription drugs through take-back programs and continues to include this as the first recommendation in our information to the public.” It also states, “there may be situations whereby consumers may not be able to access a take-back program. These alternative disposal options include disposal in the household trash and for a small number of drugs products, flushing down the sink or toilet as soon as they are no longer needed.”
What can YOU do?
1. Email your name, title and organization to sign on to the letter to the FDA
2. Call/email your legislator in Congress - find you legislator here
3. Like our Facebook page and share out posts with friends asking them not to flush their meds and tell their friends "Don't Rush to Flush! Meds in the Bin We ALL Win!"