P3’s MISSION:

AWARENESS

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To raise awareness of the wildly harmful effects of SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

EDUCATION

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To educate our community about ways to REDUCE our plastic consumption

ADVOCACY

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To advocate for local legislation that would help STOP PLASTIC-POLLUTION

UNDERSTANDING THE URGENT PROBLEM OF PLASTIC POLLUTION

  • HEALTH EFFECTS -- One of the reasons we humans have been dangerously slow to change our habits concerning plastic waste may well be the common misperception that plastic pollution is primarily an "aesthetic" problem.  We all agree it looks awful-- but too few of us are aware of the more grave effects of plastic pollution.
    • TOXIC COMPONENTS --  Plastics breakdown into highly toxic components that lurk indefinitely in our environment.  These include BPA and phthalates, lead, mercury, cadmium, dioxins and myriad other dangerous components that have dire effects on human reproduction, development, and the immune system. They can also disrupt hormones and cause cancer.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE -- Wait, what does plastic have to do with climate change?  Well, as it turns out, a lot:
    • MOST PLASTIC IS MADE OF...   An estimated 8% of global OIL PRODUCTION goes into the manufacture of plastic.  The EPA estimates as many as five ounces of carbon dioxide are emitted for each ounce of polyethylene produced (ex. beverage bottles).
    • MORE PLASTIC THAN FISH -- As a recent report from the World Economic Forum warns, unless we dramatically reduce our plastic waste, plastic in our oceans will outweigh marine life by 2050.  This kind of pollution would render a collapse of marine ecosystems which, in addition to the obvious effects on our food-chain, would gravely affect the ocean's important carbon-storing abilities.   And of course all that debris in the water absorbs heat, further warming the ocean.
  • RECYCLING ISN'T ENOUGH:  While improving our recycling efforts and systems is a vital part of the solution, for many reasons recycling is very inefficient-- and only a small portion of plastic waste is ever successfully recycled!
    • REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE:  While the three R's are all vitally important, the clear solution to plastic pollution lies in REDUCING our plastic consumption.  And this starts with single-use plastics.

P3's CAMPAIGN & PROGRAMS:

P3 is committed to finding any and all ways to help end the scourge of plastic pollution in our community and beyond.  We believe it will take a multi-pronged approach to dramatically change our habits, so we embrace the work of the many other great organizations working on various aspects of this waste/consumption problem and aim to coordinate all of our efforts to truly build a full-scale community response.  Some specific actions and programs we're rolling out in this phase-one of the campaign:


  1. AWARENESS EVENTS:  Building off the success of our inaugural event this jan. 4th, we're planning a much bigger event for the spring 2019 we're calling "Straw Stock".  A one-day music festival, of sorts, "Straw Stock" will incorporate display booths from myriad local groups and businesses engaged in educating about and solving the problem of plastic pollution.  To be announced shortly, Straw Stock will be a fun-for-the-whole family event with tons of information and ideas about how we can tackle plastic pollution together, right here at home!   (Don't forget to sign our email list to get the announcement!)
  2. P3 JUNIOR CLUB:  Elaborating on the good work some of our founding-members have already been doing in our community (Ashley Moran teaches extensively about plastic pollution at Saugatuck Elementary School and Andrew Colabella has already engaged 38 local restaurants to undertake a plastics-alternative plan)-- P3 will incorporate these efforts into one potent education/action program that invites local school children to help develop a comprehensive plan for local businesses (especially food service & restaurants) to dramatically reduce their plastic waste.  The kids will then engage business owners and "pitch" them on the plan.  Those who commit to the plan will receive a P3 Seal of Approval.
  3. P3 AWARDS:  To further attract attention to the problem and its solutions, P3 will identify individuals and businesses making great strides to combat plastic pollution in our community and present them with the "P3 Leadership Award", 
  4. LOCAL PR:    Last, but certainly not least, P3 intends to use all forms of grassroots, local press (posters/ lawn cards) and online/social "advertising" to gain the attention of our community to the urgent problem of plastic pollution-- and actions we all can take to dramatically REDUCE our plastic waste!

WE CAN STOP PLASTIC-POLLUTION RIGHT HERE AT HOME!

FOLLOWING IN WESTPORT'S TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, "P3" AIMS TO SERVE OUR COMMITMENT TO NETZERO BY 2050, AND COMPLEMENT THE WORK OF THE MANY GREAT ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN TOWN, LIKE EARTHPLACE AND WAKEMAN TOWN FARM, BY FOCUSING SPECIFICALLY ON THE URGENT PROBLEM OF PLASTIC-POLLUTION.  WESTPORT WAS THE FIRST TOWN EAST OF THE MISSIPPI RIVER TO BAN THE PLASTIC-BAG -- NOW ITS TIME TO PROVIDE THAT SAME NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON ALL SINGLE-USE-PLASTICS.   WE CAN STOP SENSELESS PLASTIC-POLLUTION RIGHT HERE AT HOME -- AND HELP SHINE A BEACON ON THIS GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCOURGE!


PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING P3 BY DONATING (see home page), VOLUNTEERING.... & REDUCING YOUR PLASTIC-WASTE!

"P3" founding members:

Andrew Colabella

is a Westport native and the youngest RTM-member ever elected to office in Westport.  He serves on PAC Cribari Bridge, Green Task Force, Environment Committee, Health & Human Services, RTM Public Protection, and RTM Public Works.   Andrew’s passion for the environment also extends to his civilian life, where he has personally engaged 38 local restaurants (and franchises) to find biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastics and other harmful products.  “The goal is to help these establishments provide eco-friendly alternatives to their customers while reducing costs on products and expanding the inventory life for restaurant owners.  Only together can we help Westport reach ‘NetZero by 2050’ along with the 1200 other towns who have signed this pledge as world-leaders in the goal of zero waste.”

Liz Milwe

is a choreographer and dance filmmaker. She has been on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts teaching dance to actors.  She won an Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency and a Westport Green Task Award for her work banning plastic bags in Westport, CT.  She has curated an environmental art show "In The Bag"  that has travelled around the world. "Change will not come if we wait for some person, or if we wait for some other time." -Barack Obama

Ashley Moran

is a Westport resident and teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School, having taught for 27 years in both California and Washington before settling in Connecticut 23 years ago.  She was a founding board member of Nurturing Minds in Africa, a non-profit supporting the education of poor and at-risk girls in Tanzania, and believes that it is through education that meaningful change can happen. “Our children are looking to us to lead.  It is time the adults in children’s communities educate themselves on the harmful toll that waste of all kinds is having on our planet.  Two kinds of waste that can be immediately diminished are plastic and food.  Let’s do this!” 

Greg Naughton

grew-up in Weston & Westport to a family of performers.  He is a founding-member of folk-rock band The Sweet Remains (an all-independent band with over 35 Million Spotify streams), as well as a filmmaker and producer.   “My 9 yr-old son came home from school with some information about plastic-pollution from his teacher, Ashley Moran.  Their studies asked me to imagine all the plastic straws I’d ever used in my lifetime, and to realize that virtually ALL of them were still lingering in the environment somewhere!  Its easy to be cynical about solving these problems— but ending our use of plastic straws, for instance, is a no-brainer.  I’m honored to join Westport’s long tradition of environmental leadership and thrilled that we can take meaningful action against plastic-pollution right here, right now!”

Wendy Goldwyn Batteau

was inspired by her first boss, the editor of the classic Silent Spring, to co-found Sierra Club Books.  She went on to work for decades as an award-winning editor/executive at major NY book publishers, collaborating with such associates as “Rolling Stone”, “The New Yorker,”  Audubon, and The Ocean Alliance.  “I believe progress is spurred by knowledge, so many of ‘my’ books concern the interconnections of environment, health, and politics. Today we know plastic-waste trashes beaches, contributes ingredients to the chemical soup our oceans are becoming, harms aquatic life, and profoundly affects human biology. The European Union Parliament recently approved banning single-use plastics. It’s easy to substitute acceptable alternatives.  Now here it is up to us.”