July Newsletter: Plastic Free July!

July 31, 2022

July Newsletter: Plastic Free July!

What a fantastic Plastic Free July!

 

We might not be perfect when it comes to Plastic Free July, but we certainly welcome the challenge to reduce waste as often as we can. We love helping to spread information about plastic free alternatives, and tips on how to avoid excess plastic packaging. This year, we’re planning to finish out the month with a trash audit, as well as a Plastic Free July giveaway based around products found in Maine. Visit our social media accounts, and enter for a chance to win a great bundle of products from Dental Lace, LooHoo Dryer Balls, GoGo Refill and Wayward Chickadee. All of these amazing businesses are located here in Maine, and all support reducing plastic waste. 

 
The Less Trash Challenge 
How we are doing?
Since the beginning of the year we have been challenging ourselves to see if we could reduce the amount of trash that we produce through the “less trash challenge.” Our goal has been to take a 30 gallon trash can, and see if we can keep our waste from exceeding its limits for the entire year. Here is our trash audit for July. 

To view the video please head over to social media accounts.
 
We all know you will want the Gin and Tonic Popsicle recipe from our
trash audit video. 

Gin and Tonic Pops 

Equipment

  • Pitcher
  • Dixie cups
  • bar spoon
  • measuring cups
  • (Optional) popsicle sticks

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups tonic water
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup gin
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • assorted sliced fruit strawberry, blueberry, cucumber, kiwi, etc.

Instructions

  • Pour sugar into pitcher
  • add in water, lime juice, gin, and tonic water
  • stir until sugar has dissolved
  • pour into 9-10 Dixie cups
  • add fruit to cups, being cautious to not overflow
  • (optional) place popsicle sticks through fruit into cup
  • stick in freezer on flat surface, like a cookie sheet
  • pops should freeze in about 5 hours but are best overnight
  • Enjoy!

 

Solar Panels 

Discussion with ReVision Energy 
Photo credit: ReVision Energy

Lately, I’ve been seeing fields near Dental Lace Inc being converted to solar farms. I wrote to ReVision Energy (our local solar panel company) and asked why solar companies don't use large buildings like Walmarts, schools, chicken barns, etc.

ReVision Energy believes it is absolutely critical that we all take full advantage of every available productive rooftop space in the transition to renewable energy. In fact, this makes up the bulk of the work in which ReVision Energy engages. They say that schools, barns, and large business structures represent ideal opportunities for solar panel installation, and they are always thrilled to install there. They hope that in the future more companies like Walmart will make a serious investment in solar power!

At the same time, they recognize the ways in which community solar farms can be an important piece of the sustainability puzzle. ReVision Energy approaches land mounted solar panels as good stewards of the land, and promotes environmental health, rather than destroying existing ecosystems.

 

For more information on ReVision Energy’s approach to solar, check out the following articles. 

Community Solar Farms

Host a Solar Farm




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