Discussion on use of plastics continues Oct. 25

Join us as our project aimed at reducing the use of plastics in our lives -- and our world -- continues with a program and discussion Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at Hi-Way Harry's, 710 Glovers La., Johnson Creek WI. The program will feature Vic Karaliunas, manager of the Town of Ixonia Transfer Site and Recycling Center, who will talk about changes in plastics recycling and the recent loss of markets for recyclable plastics. A discussion will follow.

Plastics pollution picked up and reported

A sizable crowd of people, including an entire class of middle schoolers and a high school group, fanned out across Jefferson County in September when we joined forces with the international The Story of Stuff Project to pick up plastic waste polluting public spaces and report what we found to a global database. Volunteers collected and identified by brand name, product and material type all the plastics pollution they found. Then we reported our findings to the worldwide database. Our report revealed the most waste plastics found littering Jefferson County were Pepsi soda bottles, followed by McDonald's waste and Walmart bags. Candy bar wrappers also were noted in our report. Our collection and reporting project was part of an effort to reduce the use of plastics by holding companies responsible for the waste they produce. 

Much of the conversation about plastic pollution focuses of waste in the ocean. We've all see the heartbreaking images of a turtle stuck in a six-pack ring or a seabird with a stomach full of plastic. What is happening to our oceans is deeply worrying, but it's just one part of the story.

Field to Feast workshop a big success!

Our June 30 workshop with Linda Conroy was fun and informative. Workshop participants went on a guided field walk with Linda and picked mulberries, grape leaves, nettle leaf, purslane, dandelion, bee balm, currents and more. Then they tossed, braised, blanched and cooked what they had picked into a delicious lunch enjoyed by all. It was a very hot and humid day with temperatues above 90. But there was plenty of cool water available and everyone agreed it was a great day of foraging and eating.


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