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There Is Some Good News about Our Plastic Crisis

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This is the last week of Plastic Free July. I hope you have taken a few more steps this past month to reduce the amount of single use plastic in your life. Your effort is part of the good news about the plastic crisis.  Happily, it has gotten beyond individual efforts. Companies are listening and reacting. Our local Ohio giant grocery chain has pledged to stop using plastic bags.  Share holder action is forcing other companies to change practices as well. States are acting on their own. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have banned disposable bags. Over 200 counties and municipalities have enacted ordinances either imposing a fee on plastic bags or banning them outright. California has adopted a microplastics reduction strategy . Many cities tax plastic drink bottles. An important branch of the federal government, the Interior Department, is acting to end all single-use plastic on public lands . But there is still

A Comprehensive Look at Controlling Our Use of Plastic

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  Single-use plastic is a big problem, damaging the environment, killing marine life, breaking down into micro-pellets that are even found in the human blood stream. But our individual efforts to wean ourselves from plastic is insufficient unless we attack the problem systemically. Christy Walters owns one of our local eco-friendly stores, Reuse Revolution , which sells plastic-free housewares, personal grooming products and refills of detergents and lotions. She also writes an excellent monthly newsletter on environmental issues. (You can subscribe at the bottom of the website.) In a recent newsletter she not only promoted Plastic Free July but also wrote about the many other ways we, as a society can begin tackling our over reliance on plastic and its subsequent pollution. Her article is well worth reading, and you can find it here .  This blog is sponsored by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church ,  Columbus, Ohio and written by member Elliott J Bush

How to Reduce Your Single-Use Plastic

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  The first thing to do is know what you can recycle and what you can’t. In Central Ohio that is determined by SWACO, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. On the SWACO website you can find a complete list of what you can recycle in Franklin County as well as a search tool that tells you whether you can recycle something or not and, if you can, where you can do it.  If you don't live in Central Ohio, the EPA has an excellent site on recyclables , including links that help you find where to recycle in your area and in depth information on recycling issues. Of course, the most ubiquitous single-use plastics around are the plastic shopping bags. You can’t put them in the recycling bin, but you can return them to many stores for recycling. Recycling seems like a no brainer, but, in fact, the U.S. population recycles only about 11% of recyclable plastic.  The next thing to do is to shop with plastic on your mind. Got a choice between two brands of a product, the one in glass, t

What’s So Bad about Plastic?

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Why participate in Plastic Free July ? Because the world is overwhelmed with single-use plastic. It is not only a pollutant, but it is on track to damage the health of living creatures all over the plane t. 40% of all plastic is single-use. Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the oceans It can take 400 years for plastic to break down Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year Plastic breaks down into microplastics , now found in the air we breathe and in municipal water supplies. They have been found in human blood, lungs, gut, and other organs. Recent studies show they may alter cellular function. What can you do? Listen to an interview with experts on plastic pollution  Join the Plastic Pollution Coalition Start going single-use plastic free by following suggestions from Plastic Free July Our Useful Green Website  Ruth Platt emailed us that her elementary students are using our Creation Care website material for her environmental science lessons. Her

It's Plastic Free July!

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Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Find out more and make a commitment by visiting the Plastic Free July website . If you are on Instagram, follow plasticfreejuly . If you are on Facebook search for and like Plastic Free July (with the multi-colored turtle symbol) If you are on Twitter look for @PlasticFreeJuly More about why we need to get free of single-use plastic next week. This blog is sponsored by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church , Columbus, Ohio and written by member Elliott J Bush Thanks for your commitment to praying and caring for God’s creation!

The Creation Care Blog is on vacation, but . . .

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 You can keep up with environmental news by subscribing to these newsletters and advocacy organizations. These are the ones I like the most: EcoWatch   Daily survey of environmental news Grist An Independent news organization offering several newsletters National Resources Defense Council fights for the environment in the courts and lets you be a part of the action One of the oldest and most effective climate advocates Focuses on personal ecological sustainability Weekly reports on environmental research Enjoy the spring and keep caring for creation! Elliott

More Earth Month and Earth Day Activities

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  If you and your family haven’t participated in or volunteered for any Earth Month activities yet, there is still time and still lots of opportunities. And you can attend many celebrations on Earth Day itself, Saturday, April 24th Columbus Green Walks When: Anytime during park hours  Where: Whetstone Park, 3932 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214 Description: Columbus Green Walks are a unique way to get active while learning about the environment in one of Columbus’ premier parks. These plotted paths are great for nature buffs and offer educational lessons for students -- all centered around one of the greenest activities - walking! For more information click here .  SWACO Webinars  When: Wed April 13, and Wed April 27 Where: Anywhere Description: SWACO routinely offers free educational webinars on best practices for reducing waste, reuse, recycling, composting and safely disposing of unwanted materials both at home and at work. Visit the website to learn more about upcoming webinars and t