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What's Happening Now:
Speak Out Against Plastic Letter Writing Campaign
When: Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020 
What: Write e-mails/letters to manufacturers, local businesses and/or organizations expressing your concern about the excessive use of plastic in packaging and/or shipping materials.
Why: Plastic pollution of the landscape and oceans is out of control.  The manufacturers of plastic place the blame on the consumer.  It is time to tell manufacturers that they must be responsible for sustainable packaging of the products they create. 
Who: YOU! Companies want to sell their products to you. They need to hear what you are willing and not willing to purchase.
How: Check out the Instructions, and further details:
  • Introduction to the Campaign
  • Plastic Facts
  • Instructions
  • Sample letters
  • Contact information for the ten biggest offenders of plastic pollution

LESSON PLANS
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


Tips on switching to filtered tap water, since 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

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.

MISSION STATEMENT
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