The State of Georgia will be the first state to proclaim February 15, 2017 as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day. Thanks to the work of Hannah Testa, Hannah4Change, and Georgia Senator Michael Williams the State Capitol will be recognizing next Wednesday as a day to raise awareness for all the plastic waste that we as consumers create as well as take resolution to limit that amount. Hannah4Change, an organization founded by 14-year old Hannah Testa, is passionate about protecting the environment through education and awareness in order to create positive change. Plastic pollution in particular is an issue that they address via online videos, social media, traditional media, and in-person education to all age groups.
“We'd like everyone to commit to at least one way they plan to reduce their plastic footprint,” the event posting encourages. Reusable bags and water bottles are suggested for consumers while they urge restaurants to skip the plastic straws, offering window decals to all who choose to switch to paper straws. The event is at the State Capital and will include guest speakers and exhibits from educators, business leaders and local artists. It will be joined by leaders from numerous environmental organizations on the Senate Floor, declaring their resolution for reducing their own plastic footprint.
But just because we over at Travelers Against Plastic can’t make it to Georgia doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating Plastic Pollution Awareness Day! Of course we pledge today, February 15th, and all days to stop using disposable plastic water bottles. But there are so many other items in our lives that we consume that are plastic, sometimes without even thinking about it. Plastic utensils, to-go boxes and cups, straws, plastic shopping bags, food packaging, and the list goes on. There are so many ways to make a difference. Try choosing one item to eliminate for just one week to raise your own awareness of how much you use it and how you might use less. Join us at TAP in being more aware of our daily plastic use, and maybe we can all resolve to mindfully reduce our waste, one piece of plastic at a time.
What will be your commitment?