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What's Happening Now:
1. CURRENT ACTION ALERT: We need support for bill AB 177 and ABB 226.
AB 177: The current law in Wisconsin prohibits local government from banning or assessing a fee for "auxiliary containers" (e.g. bags). Assembly Bill 177 would rescind these prohibitions.
ABB 226: Prohibiting food and beverages from being served in foam polystyrene packaging and providing a penalty. 
Step 1: Get support to have these bills get a public hearing before the term ends, which means asap.
Advocate by calling/emailing chair Rep. Novak (608 266 7502; Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov) of the Assembly Committee on Local Government, to get a public hearing for AB177. 
Advocate with the chair Rep. Pronschinske (608 266-7015; Rep.Pronschinske@legis.wisconsin.gov) of the Assembly for Consumer Protection, to get a public hearing for AB226. 

2. LESSON PLANS now online!
Lesson Plans for K-12
(including Wisconsin Academic State Standards) 
1. What Is Plastic?
2. The Rise of the Plastic Problem
3. The Journey of Plastic: Where Does It Go? 
4. My Plastic-Free Body? (6-12)
5. Plastic Free Alternatives
6. Time To Take Action!
Stand-alone Lessons / Presentations
Power Point Presentation for High School & adults
Demonstration for Elementary/Middle School
Sea Turtle Play and Plastic-Free Practice, Preschool-Elementary
Interactive Quiz Game for all ages 
Problems & Solutions Handout

3. Check out our updated tips on switching to filtered tap water: HOW DO YOU HYDRATE?
(New research shows water in plastic bottles has 22 times more microplastics than tap water.)

Ongoing Action:
Viroqua Plastic Free Community Group meets every other Friday 5-6:30pm, in Viroqua
Supporting WI Leg. Bills AB 177 (regulation of containers/bags) and LRB 0032 (ban styrofoam)

Mumbai, India. The "world's largest beach clean-up project" turned Versova beach (covered 5.5 feet deep in trash,
 removing more than 5.7 million kg of waste) into a turtle hatching paradise. However, trash is washing ashore again. Plastic pollution has been recognized in recent years as the second dire global problem on the same scope of climate change.

Viroqua Plastic Free intends to:
Raise awareness of plastic pollution, plastic health issues, and solutions to the plastic crisis
Offer education on the scope of plastic use, and available alternatives
Offer education on the local interface with the global plastic situation
Offer guidance on plastic-free living
Work with local businesses, schools, and community groups for cooperative solutions
Viroqua Plastic Free is a relatively new organization in the area. We hope to encourage everyone to drastically reduce their use of plastics, especially single-use items (e.g. packaging, bags, bottles),
as well as engage in the process of greatly reducing plastic production and consumption overall beyond our personal consumption. We recognize that the real solution is reducing the production rather than recycling.
Contact Information:
Email: Viroquaplasticfree@gmail.com
Facebook: Viroqua Plastic Free
To join or support the Viroqua Plastic Free Future Community Group, send an email