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Sheila ShawWhen I first started learning about the plastic pollution in our oceans and landfills, I discovered 80-90% of the plastic pollution in our oceans is single-use plastics.

Cups, candy wrappers, toys, utensils, plates, etc., are too often single-use plastics.

This is when I decided I would challenge myself to go green! At first all of my efforts barely landed me a merit award in the light green category in the chart below. As my research continued, I came to the realization that most of us are skirting the edge of light green.

Project PEVA's first campaign is to reduce our use so we can all achieve medium green or better. As a nation, we will reduce the flow of plastic pollution significantly. We are starting the pace to recover our great oceans and preserve our marine life; ultimately we all need to become dark green to take care of what we value most.

Note: Our green scale is based on single-use plastic only and the sole purpose is to heighten our awareness.

You are Light Green if you

You are Medium Green if you

You are Dark Green if you

Recycle plastic beverage/water bottles Avoid purchasing beverage/water in plastic bottles GIve stainless steel water bottles as gifts to friends and family
Re-use plastic bags and found a location that will recycle worn or damaged plastic bags Take your own canvas bags to the grocery store and replace other plastic bags with cardboard boxes or paper bags Share, or give as gifts, fabric bags and other re-usable containers for storage and transportation
Notice single-use plastic (e.g. straws, cups, cup lids etc.) litter by the side of the road Avoid using single-use plastics when ever possible Chat with your favorite merchants to find out if they would consider replaciing single-use plastic with environmentally friendly alternatives
Place all plastic refuse in the recycling bin in case it can be recycled Find out which items are recyclable and where to recycle them. You avoid using products that cannot be recycled whenever possible. Create a handy list for friends and family to use detailing items that can be recycled and locations of businesses that will recycle them   
Notice that merchants often use excessive packaging when shipping purchases to you Re-use shipping matierlals whenever possible. You may also donate unused styrofoam ‘peanuts’ and other materials to local businesses. Chat with local landfill operators and recycling centers to find out if they will allow community members space  to drop off and pick up re-usuable packaging items
Notice the number of items in grocery stores that are packaged in plastic for convenience Purchase items from bulk store displays, using your own re-usable containers, whenever possible. (e.g. candy, nuts, honey, peanut butter, shampoo, pet foods) Mention the quality, cost, and environmental advantages of using bulk products to friends and family. Ask your favorite merchants if they would be willing to offer specific bulk products of interest.
Learn that polyester clothing is made from oil (e.g. fossil fuel) that is chemically processed, spun into thread, and then woven into cloth. Avoid purchasing any products made from polyester whenever possible.

Share with others the littte-known fact that polyester is made from oil.
how polyester is made

Read online websites or blogs to learn more about recycling.

Post questions and helpful tips to recyling websites or blogs.

Maintain a website/blog to raise awareness to help light the way for others


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