YOUR HANDY GUIDE TO LESS TOXIC LIVING
In May of 1999, the Sebastopol City Council voted to establish Sebastopol as a Voluntary Toxics Free Zone. With this resolution, the City chose to not use toxic pesticides on City maintained property, and to support voluntary reduction of pesticide use among residents, thus creating a healthier Sebastopol for everyone.
To implement this resolution, a volunteer citizen's group called Sebastopol Toxics Education Program (STEP) was formed. One of STEP's projects is "The Next STEP" newsletter, which is sent out to City residents in their water bills.
With the tagline "Your handy guide to less-toxic living," this newsletter offers readers a convenient way to both reduce their use of toxic materials and lower their exposure to toxics released into our community and shared water supplies. Past articles have included descriptions of common materials that are toxic, less-toxic alternatives, how to avoid toxics while shopping, evidence of health and environmental impacts from specific toxics, toxics reduction success stories, and how we can encourage community-level reduction.