The Clean Water Blog

Bringing "The Story of Plastics" home to Maryland

This weekend, almost 150 people joined us for a special screening of "The Story of Plastic." The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it, from people in Appalachia and the Gulf Coast facing enormous new petrochemical infrastructure being built to expand plastic production, to people in China and Bangladesh dealing with the US's exports of "recyclable" (but not really) plastics. After watching the film, we were joined by Diane Wittner of Echotopia and Lauren Greenberger of the Sugarloaf Citizen's Association for a panel discussion on how Marylanders are making permanent shifts away from plastic: whether through personal choices to reduce, reuse, and refill; through development of new business models that don't rely on disposable plastic; or through pushing for the legislative change necessary to move beyond plastic pollution as a whole. Participants brought up a wide range of resources, from this list of all of Maryland's recycling programs, to the newly-introduced federal Break Free From Plastic bill.

 

Did you miss the discussion? You can catch up here:

 

 

We're working with organizations, businesses, and activists across Maryland to change state policies about trash: from stopping support for incineration to supporting plastic reduction and composting. Want to get involved? Read more here, and email me to join statewide organizing calls on Sunday afternoons.
 
And join our next webinar: a Lunch and Learn about the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the little known best friend of our national, state, and local parks!