April 12, 2021
BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC POLLUTION
Hello friends. Earth Day is next Thursday, April 22, and in addition to helping the community cut down on plastic waste, SOAP is celebrating with a plant sale. Also in this newsletter, the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act has been reintroduced, and there’s an upcoming local event to learn more about it. Plus, we’re hiring.
Turquoise Six Farms Plant Sale
Looking for some new plants for your garden or yard? On Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Turquoise Six Farms will have fruit trees, shrubs, herbs, and veggies for sale at SOAP, in the garden next to the shop. Turquoise Six Farms is a local, sustainable farm south of Santa Fe.
These aren’t just any plants, they’re all from non-GMO seeds from Baker Creek and Sandia Seed, and they’re housed in repurposed containers. Plus, bring your empty egg cartons to enter their rain barrel raffle.
Plants for sale include:
Santa Fe Chili
Assorted Leafy Greens
Business is picking up, and we’re looking to hire someone with a friendly demeanor for customer service who also cares deeply about plastic waste reduction. It’s a part-time role that will work Wednesdays and Saturdays for roughly 8-10 hours per week. The role will be a mix of customer service, cleaning, and helping with inventory. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
If you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put “SOAPtender” in the subject line.
In addition to the shipping challenges happening across the country and the world, there is also a shortage of raw materials occurring (because of COVID, international trade issues, etc.) A few of our suppliers have given us a heads up that this could result in it taking longer to get products to us. We'll keep you posted.
The Break Free From Plastics Pollution Act needs our support
I wanted to bring your attention to something important happening in Washington, DC, right now. A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate have reintroduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, a sweeping proposal that addresses the problem of single-use plastic and the negative impact it's having on our environment. The bill covers everything from the pollution caused by the rapid growth of plastics manufacturing to community recycling efforts. It would also ban many types of single-use plastics like plastic grocery bags, polystyrene, and certain single-use containers. Another provision in the bill that we’re obviously big fans of is an effort to expand reuse and refill programs for household items, bulk food, and beverages.
Here’s a good overview of the bill and the obstacles it faces in DC.
The renewed bill was reintroduced last month in Congress, so its journey is just beginning. We’ll be watching this closely and sharing details about what’s happening. In the meantime, I would encourage you to register your support with our elected officials, whether you live in New Mexico or somewhere else. The more we make our voices heard on this issue, the more likely we’ll see some results.
Want to learn more about how we can act on plastic pollution?
Speaking of the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, Eldorado/285 Recycles, an environmental and recycling organization located in Santa Fe County, NM, is hosting the streaming of two documentaries over a 4-day period (April 26-30): The Story of Plasticand New Mexicans Taking Action on Plastic Waste followed by a panel discussion (April 30 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm MDT) focused on how we can support the proposed the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act and what we can do at the state and local level to implement extended producer responsibility systems for packaging materials to reduce plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and to promote environmental justice.
The panelists include:
Sarah Pierpont, Executive Director, New Mexico Recycling Coalition
Matthew McQueen, NM State Representative District 50
Elena Fernandez, Projects Associate, Amigos Bravos
Greg Polk, New Mexicans Taking Action on Plastic Waste filmmaker/producer
Anja Brandon, AGU/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and/or
Shane Trimmer, Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal
Senator Merkley and Representative Lowenthal are the lead sponsors for the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act.
In addition to attending, you can help promote the event by sending the attached announcement to others who might be interested, directing people to the group’s website (http://www.eldorado285recycles.org) and/or posting information about the event on your social media accounts. If you need any information in a different format, please let them know.
Stay safe and stay clean!