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Plastic Pollution & Its Impacts

Wednesday, June 29th 2022

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

HYBRID in-person or virtual via ZOOM

Gardiner Public Library

133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, NY 12525

We use plastic as part of our daily life at home, at work, at school, and on the go…Ever wonder where plastic comes from, how it’s made, and what happens once it’s thrown away? Plastic waste litters our environment, pollutes our oceans, and emerging science suggests plastic use can also expose us to chemicals that affect our health! This class will explain the impact of plastic pollution from ecological, social, and environmental issues, and how we can drastically reduce the amount of single-use disposable plastics we use on a daily basis.

There are plastic alternatives to almost all of the common items we buy, consume, and discard. Simple swaps and new habits can help avoid needless packaging and lessen our impact on our environment. Learn how to recycle plastic correctly, become a climate smart shopper, save money, and reduce waste by developing new habits and rethinking consumption.

How long could you go without using any plastic at all? Find out about the Plastic Free July Challenge and some of the local laws that help our communities be plastic-free.

The class will be a hybrid event, hosted at the Town of Gardiner Public Library with the option to tune-in remotely via ZOOM (presentation will be via ZOOM). This class is facilitated by the UCRRA Recycling Outreach Team in collaboration with the Gardiner Environmental Conservation Commission. In-person attendees can stop by the Oceans of Possibilities display at the Library and pick up additional fact sheets and hand-outs for this class.

TO SIGN UP: Please RSVP online at the link below.

This event is sponsored by the Town of Gardiner Environmental Conservation Commission, an all-volunteer commission dedicated to discussing and implementing ways to protect the natural resources of the town. The E.C.C. meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 PM via Zoom. Learn more here. 

We’re Celebrating Plastic Free July!

About Plastic Free July: Plastic Free July® is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation that allows communities everywhere to work towards a vision of seeing a world free of plastic waste. From humble beginnings in 2011, the award-winning Plastic Free July campaign is the result of years of hard work. How long could you go without using any new plastic? Take the Pledge! Learn more about Plastic Free July and what you can do to help reduce plastic pollution. 

About the Plastic Free Foundation: The Plastic Free Foundation Ltd was restructured in 2017 as an independent, not-for-profit charity to better support participants and grow the campaign. The mission of the Plastic Free Foundation is guided and informed by core values including the belief that small changes add up to make a big difference. It was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz (the founder of the Plastic Free Foundation) and a small team in local government in Western Australia, and is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world. Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July.

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