In the US, only 5-6% of all plastics ever manufactured have been downcycled*.

Beyond Plastics Greater Seattle is gearing up for monthly meetings! Join us the last Friday of every month @ 5:30pm PST for our sustainability heroes happy hour! Whether you come to share or learn, you’re a hero for taking time out for the planet!

*Downcycled: Technically, plastic cannot be recycled as it’s not a “closed loop” material (such as aluminum, metal or glass). Virgin plastic must be added to downcycled plastic to make it into anything of use. The most a plastic item can be downcycled is twice. After this, it will break down indefinitely over hundreds of years, unable to be organically absorbed into our environment.

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Finding ways to restore and sustain this beautiful planet of ours through grass roots and personal consumption efforts

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Our viewing opportunity of “The Story of Plastic” is over, but we DID capture the recording of our follow-up Speaker’s Panel.

We heard from:

Jenny Davies political science degree from Duke University (1981), an MD and an MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1990), and a JD in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School

Dana Ripper wildlife ecologist based in central Missouri.  She is the co-founder and executive director of the Missouri River Bird Observatory, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of birds, all wildlife, and their habitats.

Ben Schleifer EDC Food Program Director – Center for Environmental Health

You can watch the recording of this VERY informative Speaker’s Panel here.

Event stats:

62 Requests to watch the Movie

55 Flyers handed out

15 Panel Attendees

I’m pooped! But so glad we did this.

The $49 Item that Helped Me Reduce My Trash By 75%

For the last 2 years, my family and I have been able to fit a years’ worth of plastic into this garbage container, and you can do it too. These consumption makeovers are light on the planet, good for the soul and rich in quality family time (a three-fer!).

21 Days to Form a Habit: Choices and Habits are Powerful Things…

UPDATE: 85% of our waste is plastic waste. Learned recently that the rate of recycling plastic is actually closer to 5-6%, not the formerly thought 9% statistic (that is already quite dismal).