We were very happy to be invited to have a table and meet everyone who attended the February Surfrider Foundation event in Bend. It was hosted at OSU Cascades and the food was great (pizza!) and more.
We had just gotten our “Purge the Plastic” stickers and it was amazing to see how much people liked them. We gave away stickers to people who signed our pledge form and offered to share their ideas with us. Others donated $1 to our budget and got a sticker.
We thought we knw a lot about plastic and recycling but we learned even more from Ani Kasch who presented her “Rethink Waste” talk. It is so sad to think that even when people might think they are doing the right thing by recycling plastic they are actually making the situation worse by putting the wrong things in a recycling bin. In the end, the only way we are going to make a difference is by REFUSING plastic any way we can.
We also met some local Bend community members who are working in schools just like we are. In fact, if you go to their website there is plenty of information how YOU (or anyone) can take the pledge and get involved. Here is the link.
We all can make a difference. I learned yesterday that my 2018 video (Snowball of Solutions) asking the sports community to stop using plastic water bottles inspired Geoff Frank and the team at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe to search for ways to replace the 4000+ water bottles they usually sold in the summer.
Geoff talked with the Deschutes Brewery and they listened. That’s the “ripple effect” in action. And that’s how Deschutes canned water was born in 2019. It became the solution for those without reusable bottles.
Now, here’s my request: I am asking all of Central Oregon stores along with Visit Bend Oregon to swap plastic for reusable and canned water. Support our kids and be a part of the Snowball of Solutions. Please share this message with other outdoor stores! Share in all your social media.