National Clean Beaches Week – July 1st – July 7th
Over the July 4th holiday, many club members will visit local beaches. Do your part to keep the beaches clean! Remember to “Pack it In, Pack it Out”. Any trash or recyclables you see on the beautiful shoreline, pick it up and take it away.
Clubs near the coast can participate by hosting beach shore litter pick-ups. Clubs that may not be close to the coast can do their part too! Nearly all watersheds, rivers, and streams flow into our oceans. Organize a litter clean-up close to these bodies of water to help keep our beaches and oceans litter-free! Invite your community to join you during this important environment week!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Our Environment theme for 2020-2022. Here are some useful tips to share with your fellow clubwomen.
REDUCE – USE LESS!
- Consume a more plant-based diet.
- Grow your own garden and cook from scratch.
- Aim for less consumables in the bathroom. Use bar soap and shampoo to reduce your plastic consumption.
- Use cloth towels in place of paper towels. Keep the paper towels under the sink to encourage less frequent use.
- Go digital! Think twice before printing any paper. Email instead.
- Shop for clothing at second hand stores and donate what you don’t need.
- Carpool and use public transportation as often as possible.
- Always carry a reusable water bottle
- Purchase reusable grocery bags and straws to lessen your impact on the environment. Your club could purchase these items as gifts for new or current members.
- Buy fresh food from a Co-op or farmer’s market.
- Find a local bulk grocery store near you at Litterless.com. These are stores that allow you to bring in your own reusable containers.
- Purchase and use reusable feminine products and diapers.
- Visit your local library for books and other items.
- Host an electronics recycling drive within your club. These items are often difficult to recycle and encouragement may be needed.
- Add a recycle bin to your bathrooms. Many bathroom items aren’t recycled because of the inconvenience of walking to the next room.
- Research your local ordinances regarding recycling. An informed recycler is a habitual recycler.
- Lightly rinse your dirty recyclables. They don’t need to be clean, but residue should be minimal so we don’t clog the machines.
Remember to report your efforts in January of 2022!