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March 12, 2015

Maryland Senate First Vote To Ban Microbeads

Great news out of Annapolis on Tuesday. The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval of SB200 to ban the sale of personal care products that include plastic microbeads. Our friends at Trash Free Maryland, who led the charge on this bill, summarizes next steps:

The final Senate vote is expected this week. The House is still working on similar legislation. Click here to find your state representatives and call them to ask them to support SB200 and HB216 with amendments to close the loophole for bioplastics.

Meanwhile, what should you do with products you may already have? Check your bathroom cabinets for products that include polyethylene or polypropylene and stop using them. You can send the unused product to us (email me for info) or to The Story of Stuff Project for demonstration and education projects.

Bravo, Trash Free Maryland! Thanks to all our members and supporters who contacted their Maryland state senator to show support for the bill!

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March 9, 2015

Ban Plastic Microbeads in Maryland: Support SB 200

Face → Drain → River → Ocean.
Maryland: help us keep plastic microbeads out of our products.

Microbeads. The tiny pieces of polyethylene plastic included in many facial personal care products.

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Some products have 300,000 plastic microbeads in one container! When used, these plastic beads go down the drain and into our rivers and oceans. They may seem small, but they have a massive effect on marine ecosystems, including ingestion by fish. Why pollute our rivers and oceans with plastic when all we want to do is keep our face clean and our teeth brushed? This doesn’t make sense when there’s many microbead-free alternatives available.

Maryland is considering banning plastic microbeads.

Live in Maryland? TAKE ACTION: Contact your state senator and tell them to “SUPPORT SB 200 AS PASSED BY COMMITTEE”. Let’s keep these microbeads out of our rivers and oceans.

Want more information? Visit beatthemicrobead.org and see this great infographic:

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Photo credit: Surfrider Foundation Europe, 5 Gyres Institute

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March 7, 2015

Cold Heaven

Fun winter in Delmarva this year. A beautiful (and HD) surf short from Matt Adams. Bravo, Matt.

Have you gotten out this winter?

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January 25, 2015

VICTORY: Montgomery County Bans Foam

Montgomery County, Maryland has banned expanded polystyrene foam in food packaging, for consumer use, and packing peanuts!

Expanded polystyrene foam, known as Styrofoam, makes up a quarter of all trash found in our local rivers. Banning this trash at the source — where it’s distributed to consumers — will help prevent it from reaching our rivers. That means less trash in the rivers we paddle and swim in.

Our friends at Trash Free Maryland summarize the legislation:

- On January 1, 2016, restaurants and carryouts will be banned from using expanded polystyrene foam food packaging (like clamshells, plates and cups). County offices and contractors will also be required to use recyclable or compostable alternatives for all disposable food packaging.
– On January 1, 2017, all disposable food packaging at restaurants and carryouts must also be recyclable or compostable.

The Montgomery County ban also includes sale of foam food packaging for consumer use (like 100-packs of cups you might buy at the grocery store) and foam packing peanuts, effective January 2016.

Thank you to all of the organizations who helped to make this happen, especially Trash Free Maryland for leading the way! A special thanks to Councilmembers Leventhal, Berliner, and Riemer, and all of the MoCo councilmembers for leading the charge to pass this important legislation.

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October 7, 2014

Email the foam out of our local waters #BanTheFoamMoCo

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Montgomery County: Not all wildlife is natural.

A quarter of trash collected from our local rivers is expanded polystyrene foam (often known as Styrofoam). Let’s make it zero.

The Montgomery County council has a hearing on Tuesday, October 14, about bill 41-14 to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam from food service businesses and ban loose EPS foam packaging (you know…packing peanuts). Banning it at the source prevents it from reaching our rivers and waters.

If you live in Montgomery County, we need you to fill out the action alert below to tell your council members to pass this bill and help protect our local rivers and waterways!

Don’t live in Montgomery County? Share this with those who do.

Every email makes a difference…yes, even yours.

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