Earth Day – A Great Day

Members of the Environmental Issues Group (EIG) were pleased to participate in Earth Day 2019 hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University on April 12. Information on alternatives to single-use plastics and a message of “Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle” were provided to over 70 individuals (primarily college students) who stopped to see examples of alternative products that can be used in place of plastics and to receive their free beeswax wrap – an inexpensive and easy-to-make alternative to plastic wrap. Information on alternatives to single-use plastics and a message of “Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle” were provided to over 70 individuals (primarily college students) who stopped to see examples of alternative products that can be used in place of plastics and to receive their free beeswax wrap – an inexpensive and easy-to-make alternative to plastic wrap. Members staffing the event engaged with attendees who were delighted to listen and learn about the

Read more

How to break your plastic habit

HOW TO BREAK YOUR PLASTIC HABIT We are all aware of the problems with plastic, right? Statistics tell us that one million plastic bottles are sold every minute. Eighteen billion pounds of plastic are tossed in the ocean each year. You shutter at the statistics! It’s a good thing we recycle, right? Well, it turns out that only 30% of plastics actually get recycled in the USA – and 9% globally. And none of it has ever biodegraded. We use so much plastic without realizing it, which means that if we actually thought about it, we could do better. Here are a few tips: #1 Rethink the Coffee Shop – Take your own mug or stainless bottle to use at your favorite coffee shop. Plastic bottles can leach toxic chemicals into your water, especially if they sit in the heat all day. Try Klean Kanteen (kleankanteen.com) or the insulated Hydroflask (hydroflask.com).

Read more

Be Straw Free

A seemingly harmless way to sip a beverage - the plastic straw is typically used once and discarded without a thought. But now businesses and patrons are thinking about the environmental damage done by plastic straws, bags and other single-use plastic products that often escape landfills and find their way onto the beaches and into the ocean. The plastics are not biodegradable and are harmful to birds, sea turtles and other marine life that consume them. The “Be Straw Free” Campaign started in 2011 by a 9-year-old Vermont boy who did research by talking to straw manufacturers. It’s estimated that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Many of the straws reach the ocean through human carelessness. They’re left on the beaches or blown out of trash cans, vehicles or boats. Even when discarded far inland, plastics can easily find their way into the oceans via gutters, storm drains,Read more