Chatham group wants to get rid of plastic

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Chatham Businesses Organize ‘Plastic Purge’ for July

CHATHAM – Local organizations are banding together to draw attention to the hazards of plastic shopping bags, straws, to-go containers and disposable beverage bottles during the month of July as part of a local initiative called the “Chatham Plastic Purge,” according to organizers.

“All of this plastic is intended to make life more convenient, but it comes at a huge cost to our environment and our health,” said Calliope Nicholas, Chatham resident and organizer of the campaign. Chatham Real Foods Market Co-op is spearheading the initiative to raise awareness about plastic pollution and to start discussions on how it can be reduced, said Nicholas, who is working with local resident Deborah Conrad on the project. The one-month campaign, called “Chatham Plastic Purge” includes a series of events and outreach strategies.

Events include: Chatham Summerfest, July 8 on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4

p.m., Chatham. Booth will include information about the initiative and tips on how to swap out single-use plastic for more sustainable alternatives, including how to create yogurt at home. The first 50 visitors will receive a reusable shopping bag.

On July 15 at Chatham Real Food Co-op at noon, “What’s in Your Trash?” a discussion to build awareness on plastic pollution, attendees are asked to bring a week’s bag of trash which will be evaluated and measured to determine what is actually thrown away and offer ways to reduce plastic in weekly trash.

On July 22, “A Plastic Ocean” will be screened at noon at the Crandell Theatre

on Main Street, Chatham. The award-winning documentary shot in locations around the world explores environmental and human health issues associated with plastic pollution. Suggested donation is $5.

On August 5, there will be a Home Composting Workshop at noon at Chatham Real Food Co-op, Chatham. An expert in composting methods will lead the workshop providing participants with information about the most effective way to home compost. For more information, go to www.chathamrealfoodcoop.net or contact Nicholas at (518) 669-3333.

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