Join FACS in advocating for a Plastic Free Fairfax #PlasticFreeDMV

 

 

Why?

Plastic Pollution Is Harming Our Planet.

  • Worldwide, 5 trillion plastic bags are thrown away annually; 100 billion of these are tossed in the United States.
  • Plastic takes centuries to break down.
  • Less than 30% of plastic is recyclable, and only 1 to 3% is actually recycled.
  • Fairfax County incinerates plastic that isn’t recycled, releasing toxic chemicals in the air.
  • Plastics are made from fossil fuels, primarily oil and fracked gas; roughly 12 million barrels of petroleum oil or 69 billion cubic feet of fracked gas are used producing the bags consumed annually in the U.S. alone.
  • By 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish.

How?

Join with others across the region to reduce your plastic footprint and protect our waterways and wildlife.

  • Enroll in the Plastic Free Challenge (October 1–30) at www. 350fairfax.org/plastic-free-challenge
  • Commit to reducing your use of single-use plastic bottles, bags, and straws.
  • Looking for a bigger challenge? Commit to reducing your consumption of other types of plastic products and packaging.
  • Look for our weekly emails with motivational stories, tips, and ideas.
  • Track your success and recruit family and friends to join you on your plastic-free adventure.
  • Tweet about reducing your plastic waste using the hashtag #PlasticFreeDMV

 

Sign up to take the pledge!

From October 1 to 30, I will avoid singleuse plastic—especially plastic bags, bottles, and straws. I will reuse or recycle the plastic I do use, educate others about plastic waste, and advocate for a #PlasticFreeDMV.

 

Resources

Want to get others involved? Use these resources!

Print out the Plastic Free Challenge Pledge and have members sign it after a service. 

Share these facts with members. 

Share these three actions to reducing single-use plastic.

 

Events

Learn about the events happening throughout September and October to work towards a #PlasticFreeDMV.

Upcoming October Events

Tour of MOM’s Organic Market

Thursday, October 4th, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

MOM’s Organic Market, 1901 Veitch St, Arlington, VA 22201

Join EcoAction Arlington for a tour of MOM’s Organic Market in Arlington to get an overview of some of the items that can be purchased to help reduce your plastics while shopping and for every day use. Browse the aisles of MOM’s with a staff member who will show how to shop plastic free. RSVP required. RSVP here.

 

Annual Trash Summit: Business Solutions for Plastic Pollution

When: Tuesday, October 16, 9am – 5pm

Where: GMU Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

This year’s Trash Summit will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore private sector leadership on issues of plastic pollution prevention. Join the conversation at the 12th Annual Trash Summit, and help shape regional solutions to the issue. This one-day event will feature presentation from experts, topical panels, networking with local leaders, discussion roundtables, best practices, information sharing, and more. Register here.

 

Waste and Recycling Symposium

When: Wednesday, October 17, 9am – 3:30pm

Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Center Theater and Forum, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

A full day of waste talk, including screenings of Wasted!, Styrofoam Mom, and The Clean Bin Project. Find more details and register here.

 

Raglan Road Park Stream Clean-up

When: Saturday, October 20th, 10am – 12pm

Where: 8590 Raglan Rd, Vienna, VA 22182

Ready to tackle plastic pollution in your backyard? We’ll tag along with Clean Fairfax for a stream cleanup near Tysons Corner. And probably get a bit to eat together afterward. RSVP to 350fairfax@gmail.com.

 

American Recycling Center Tour

When: Tuesday, October 23, 10am – 11:30 am

Where: 10220 Residency Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

Ever wonder where your recyclables go after you toss them in the bin? Join us for a tour of the American Recycling Center in Manassas. Spaces are limited. RSVP is required. RSVP here.

 

Past Events

Plastic Free Forum

September 22nd, 10 AM – 12PM

Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls VA 22066

 

Walk the Talk: How to Reduce Waste in your Congregation

September 23rd, 3 PM – 5 PM

Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Alexandria, VA 22312

Missed the presentation? Watch it here.

 

Bag It Movie Screening

September 28th 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124

View the Trailer

 

 

 

Plastic Free Community Partners

350 Fairfax Great Falls Group Sierra Club Virginia Clean Fairfax NOVA Trash Action Work Force EcoAction Arlington The Greater Prince William Climate Action Network Green Muslims & Friends of Accotink Creek