Regenerative, Sustainable Living (RSL) Monthly Meeting
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
August topic: PLASTIC POLLUTION, THE PREDICAMENT and POSSIBILITIES
Host: Shirley Freriks
Facilitator: Jim Burke
Plastic pollution including microplastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is “larger than the state of Texas”. Recent news about microplastics in our drinking water, in fish and its long life in the environment are cause for concern. It is clearly affecting us in unhealthy ways.
In our towns and cities plastic litter is all around us. We use enormous amount of plastics and have little capacity to effectively recycle it internally. In Southeast Asia and China, you could literally be wading through it. Sadly, these countries have received tons of it over the last many years from us and others. It has become a health hazard in the countries where it is sent. It pollutes waterways and negatively impacts the fishing industry.
The documentary, The Story of Plastic, is an excellent portrayal of what is happening here and abroad.
The recycling industry in America is under duress because of the limited markets worldwide that will buy our plastic waste. There is a worldwide glut. One of the solutions comes from online recyclers. What? Yes, online! A new concept is available called the Circular Economy used by companies like TerraCycle that are dedicated to Zero Waste.
First and foremost, we can take a critical look at our own habits and RESIST and REDUCE getting single use plastics in the first place.
About Shirley Freriks
Shirley Freriks currently lives in Grass Valley, CA in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, after 40 years on or near the coast from San Francisco to Mendocino. She was born in Ohio where she was deeply imbedded in the Great Nature with Grandparents and parents who cared to share their love of the miracles that abound. After a career in retailing with the Gap, among others, she returned to the sanity of the land in the redwood forests near the ocean. Shirley has always worked for the good of the community, starting to work in recycling in the 1990’s. She is enjoying being affiliated with EAN and ECA, now leading a community group. Continuing to learn about recycling is still a passion, and capturing plastics is one of the top priorities.
The Regenerative, Sustainable Living (RSL) group meets on the second Thursday of every month for our online meeting. Each monthly presentation will provide us more depth about the given topic so that we can make smart decisions about what subsequent actions to take.
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