#PlasticFreeJuly is a global movement dedicated to eliminating single-use plastics. Did you know that plastic photodegrades, which means it breaks into smaller and smaller pieces when exposed to the sun’s UV rays? These tiny pieces of plastic end up inside our wildlife, our food, our water, and even our own bodies!
Even with newly-engineered plastic-eating enzymes, we still face a world full of problems caused by plastic pollution.
Check out these easy ways to participate in #PlasticFreeJuly:
Do your fruits and veggies really need to be wrapped in plastic? Choose produce with less plastic or none at all, and be sure to give your greens a good wash when you get home!
Try baking instead of buying! Snacks and our favorite cookies (I'm lookin' at you, Oreos!) are often overpackaged with multiple layers of plastic. Crack open your family recipe book to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, and you'll start to notice how much less plastic is cluttering your countertops!
Reuse old plastic container, bags, and jars before recycling. Environment Massachusetts found that single-use plastic bags have an average lifespan of 12 minutes, but stay in our environment for thousands of years! Find creative ways to reuse everyday items, such as bread bags for pet waste pick-up or sour cream tubs for snack containers.
Opt-out of plastic utensils when ordering food delivery! Go the extra mile and urge all food delivery platforms to offer this as an option to reduce our plastic consumption.
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Waterway Advocates joins 114 organizations in brief to SCOTUS
This October, the highest court in the land will hear arguments for the landmark case of Sackett v. EPA (Docket No. 21-454). In this case, opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are pushing for the Supreme Court to gut the Clean Water Act by excluding vulnerable streams and wetlands in the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). This would have extreme consequences for our communities and lead to the destruction of critical habitats that impact our drinking water.
What may sound like a petty dispute over legal jargon could actually be detrimental to our communities. Wetlands and other bodies of water within the United States (hmm… sounds a lot like those all should be included in a dictionary definition of “Waters of the United States”) would be at risk of environmental destruction by industrial practices and increased pollution. This could have devastating impacts on South Florida’s wetland and waterway ecosystems that are so closely tied to our economy and vibrant society.