Our board of directors consists of three individuals who have been dedicated to the volunteer efforts that have become Planet Protectors.
The spearhead of the organization is Sasha Ablitt. Owner of family business Ablitt’s Fine Drycleaners, and she has tirelessly worked to advance her own zero-waste lifestyle while advocating for these types of changes at the individual, local and global level for much of her life.
Sasha earned an aerospace engineering degree from UCLA in 1992, followed by an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, then worked for Honeywell Aerospace.
Board members John Fetter and Kelsey Bardfield also serve on the board and play a key role in its current iteration as a volunteer-driven organization.
An excerpt from an article in the Santa Barbara Independent tells the story of the genesis of Planet Protectors:
One of the biggest environmental issues that Planet Protectors sees in their business and dry cleaning in general is around the recycling of film plastic. A lot of recycling centers are not able to recycle film plastic, but Planet Protectors is determined to keep these plastics out of their local landfills.
As a result, they have taken several key steps in driving awareness and solutions. First, they’ve partnered with a US-based company (Trex) that uses film plastic as a raw material for their product.
Second, they’ve created an educational outreach program to teach the local community how to recycle and reduce film plastic usage. And last, they focus on reducing resource consumption and are actively investigating the use of post-consumer materials in their paper packaging.