Keep Loudoun Beautiful

Keep Loudoun Beautiful Keep Loudoun Beautiful is an all volunteer environmental organization committed to improve the health and beauty of Loudoun County The KLB mission:
-Maintain the natural beauty and visual quality of Loudoun County through the following work:
-Encourage and educate citizens to keep Loudoun beautiful.
-Promote public awareness of environmental challenges and suggested solutions, like
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.
-Improve county trash disposal and eliminate illegal dumping.

Operating as usual

๐Ÿ’กREUSING IDEA! Keep the mesh bags from your citrus and use them to clean dirty areas where you donโ€™t want to use your re...
07/07/2021

๐Ÿ’กREUSING IDEA! Keep the mesh bags from your citrus and use them to clean dirty areas where you donโ€™t want to use your regular scrub sponge ๐Ÿงฝ (like in the dish drain boards ๐Ÿ˜)
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Even if you have to dispose it after that, at least you extended its usefulness and you will also be prolonging the useful life of your normal sponge ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿงฝ
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We know sponges are very cheap and you could easily have multiple sponges, itโ€™s not about the money, itโ€™s all about sustainability, reusing things we already have and reducing our waste ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just keep them in a kitchen drawer and start building a mesh ball so itโ€™s ready for when you need it for dirty jobs around the house ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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Thanks for caring and sharing! #reuse #reduce #avoidsingleuseplastic #sustainability #keeploudounbeautiful

๐Ÿ’กREUSING IDEA! Keep the mesh bags from your citrus and use them to clean dirty areas where you donโ€™t want to use your regular scrub sponge ๐Ÿงฝ (like in the dish drain boards ๐Ÿ˜)
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Even if you have to dispose it after that, at least you extended its usefulness and you will also be prolonging the useful life of your normal sponge ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿงฝ
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We know sponges are very cheap and you could easily have multiple sponges, itโ€™s not about the money, itโ€™s all about sustainability, reusing things we already have and reducing our waste ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just keep them in a kitchen drawer and start building a mesh ball so itโ€™s ready for when you need it for dirty jobs around the house ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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Thanks for caring and sharing! #reuse #reduce #avoidsingleuseplastic #sustainability #keeploudounbeautiful

07/07/2021
8,000 Bags Of Trash

This is so awesome! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

We all agree that reusable items are the most ecological option, however, if that doesnโ€™t always work for you, choosing ...
07/06/2021

We all agree that reusable items are the most ecological option, however, if that doesnโ€™t always work for you, choosing more sustainable products like the ones made from recycled materials are also a good way to help (and in this case, support the recycling industry ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป)
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Other options are to choose unbleached products (for napkins and all kinds of paper), plant based & compostable products ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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When buying these kind of products we are telling the industry that we want less wasteful/polluting things and theyโ€™ll eventually keep moving towards more ecological options ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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The market always produces what is most in demand, so it is time for us to start growing a market for more sustainable products for our planet! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ต๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’š
#useyourpurchasingpowerforgood #choosewisely #choosesustainability #keeploudounbeautiful

We all agree that reusable items are the most ecological option, however, if that doesnโ€™t always work for you, choosing more sustainable products like the ones made from recycled materials are also a good way to help (and in this case, support the recycling industry ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป)
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Other options are to choose unbleached products (for napkins and all kinds of paper), plant based & compostable products ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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When buying these kind of products we are telling the industry that we want less wasteful/polluting things and theyโ€™ll eventually keep moving towards more ecological options ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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The market always produces what is most in demand, so it is time for us to start growing a market for more sustainable products for our planet! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ต๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’š
#useyourpurchasingpowerforgood #choosewisely #choosesustainability #keeploudounbeautiful

Letโ€™s show our love and respect to our country by taking care of it! Happy and sustainable 4th of July! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’š
07/04/2021

Letโ€™s show our love and respect to our country by taking care of it! Happy and sustainable 4th of July! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’š

๐Ÿ’ก REFUSE TIP!!!Whenever you order takeout food that you will eat at home, please make sure they donโ€™t include plastic ut...
07/02/2021

๐Ÿ’ก REFUSE TIP!!!
Whenever you order takeout food that you will eat at home, please make sure they donโ€™t include plastic utensils or anything unnecessary in your order ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
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These are all the disposable utensils a single family got from their takeout food in the last months ๐Ÿ˜ณ Now multiply it for millions of families ๐Ÿคฏ Tons of trash created and resources wasted that could have been avoided ๐Ÿ˜
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If you order through an app, please remember to check the โ€œSkip utensilsโ€ box, however, try to write it again in the โ€œadditional notesโ€ as a reinforcement that you really donโ€™t need them ๐Ÿคช
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If you order in person just mention it when placing your order and be very attentive to when they are packing. Just so they don't forget ๐Ÿ˜œ
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You can also keep a small bag with forks and spoons at your glove compartment so even if you are eating outside you can skip the disposable ones ๐Ÿค—
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Thanks for caring and sharing! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
#refuse #reduce #reuse #reusablesisthewaytogo #reducewaste #avoidunnecesaryplastic #avoidsingleuseplastic #plasticfreejuly #keeploudounbeautiful

๐Ÿ’ก REFUSE TIP!!!
Whenever you order takeout food that you will eat at home, please make sure they donโ€™t include plastic utensils or anything unnecessary in your order ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
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These are all the disposable utensils a single family got from their takeout food in the last months ๐Ÿ˜ณ Now multiply it for millions of families ๐Ÿคฏ Tons of trash created and resources wasted that could have been avoided ๐Ÿ˜
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If you order through an app, please remember to check the โ€œSkip utensilsโ€ box, however, try to write it again in the โ€œadditional notesโ€ as a reinforcement that you really donโ€™t need them ๐Ÿคช
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If you order in person just mention it when placing your order and be very attentive to when they are packing. Just so they don't forget ๐Ÿ˜œ
.
You can also keep a small bag with forks and spoons at your glove compartment so even if you are eating outside you can skip the disposable ones ๐Ÿค—
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Thanks for caring and sharing! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
#refuse #reduce #reuse #reusablesisthewaytogo #reducewaste #avoidunnecesaryplastic #avoidsingleuseplastic #plasticfreejuly #keeploudounbeautiful

Each year, Americans toss out enough plates, plastic cups, and disposable utensils to circle the equator 300 times!!! ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ...
07/01/2021

Each year, Americans toss out enough plates, plastic cups, and disposable utensils to circle the equator 300 times!!! ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ Any of those can be recycled because of food contamination ๐Ÿ˜ข
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Thatโ€™s why for this Independence weekend, we want to encourage you to become the โ€œgreen sheepโ€ of your group and advocate to use reusable plates, cutlery, cups and of course, skip the plastic straws!
This is a great way to teach younger generations of Americans to take care of their country environmentally too! ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ
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If that is not possible, at least buy environmentally friendly tableware and look for products made from renewable, plant-based materials like sugar cane and bamboo or from recycled materials. Not ideal but a little bit better than plastic or styrofoam ๐Ÿ˜
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Happy and sustainable #4thofjuly!!! #reduce #reuse #zerowasteliving #keeploudounbeautiful #greencelebration #greensheep

๐ŸŒŸFriendly reminder to all litter-warriors out there!๐ŸŒŸ Even when you see us bagging the recyclables during the cleanups i...
06/29/2021

๐ŸŒŸFriendly reminder to all litter-warriors out there!๐ŸŒŸ Even when you see us bagging the recyclables during the cleanups in the blue bags, that doesnโ€™t mean that we dispose them in bags! We just use the bags to separate them but after all the events (or during our daily small individual cleanups) we open the bags and place all recyclables loose into the recycling bins, then we save the bags to reuse them for future cleanups ๐Ÿค—
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That single action increases the probability of those good material to be recycled and also reduces the -sadly- outrageous amount of litter that goes to landfills
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By reusing and consolidating all the bags, we also decrease our use of single-use plastic. We highly recommend you to do the same! You can even reuse old buckets to pickup small amounts of litter so you donโ€™t add any plastic at all ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป
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Please remember that in order to be considered recyclable, bottles and cans need to be fairly clean. If they are muddy or full of dirt please dispose them as trash so they donโ€™t contaminate a good batch of recyclables ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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Thanks for caring and sharing!
#notmytrashbutmyplanet #litterwarrior #cleanup #recycleproperly #keeploudounbeautiful

๐ŸŒŸFriendly reminder to all litter-warriors out there!๐ŸŒŸ Even when you see us bagging the recyclables during the cleanups in the blue bags, that doesnโ€™t mean that we dispose them in bags! We just use the bags to separate them but after all the events (or during our daily small individual cleanups) we open the bags and place all recyclables loose into the recycling bins, then we save the bags to reuse them for future cleanups ๐Ÿค—
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That single action increases the probability of those good material to be recycled and also reduces the -sadly- outrageous amount of litter that goes to landfills
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By reusing and consolidating all the bags, we also decrease our use of single-use plastic. We highly recommend you to do the same! You can even reuse old buckets to pickup small amounts of litter so you donโ€™t add any plastic at all ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป
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Please remember that in order to be considered recyclable, bottles and cans need to be fairly clean. If they are muddy or full of dirt please dispose them as trash so they donโ€™t contaminate a good batch of recyclables ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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Thanks for caring and sharing!
#notmytrashbutmyplanet #litterwarrior #cleanup #recycleproperly #keeploudounbeautiful

At Loudoun we are full of fireflies! Sign up to learn about these magical creatures and how you can help to protect them...
06/29/2021

At Loudoun we are full of fireflies! Sign up to learn about these magical creatures and how you can help to protect them! โœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ

Weโ€™re excited that on Thursday weโ€™ll be presenting a webinar by firefly expert Sara Lewis of Tufts University.

THE WONDROUS WORLD OF FIREFLIES
Thursday, July 1
10 am PDT / 11 am MDT / 12 pm CDT / 1 pm EDT

Fireflies are surely among the greatest ambassadors for Earthโ€™s natural magic. For centuries their ethereal beauty has sparked wonder and inspired poets, artists, and children of all ages. Yet they also hold so many mysteries! Join guest speaker Sara Lewis, an expert on fireflies, to learn how they got their bright lights, explore their remarkable lifestyles, hear how human activities put fireflies at risk, and learn what you can do to help protect these charismatic insects.

Click here for more information and to register.
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uZ2PJUJhTmGqy2xyRqr-1A

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refu...
06/28/2021

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended
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In practice, it implies reducing waste to a minimum. When a product reaches the end of its life, its materials are kept within the economy wherever possible. These can be productively used again and again, thereby creating further value
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This is a departure from the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a take-make-consume-throw away pattern. This model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy
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Also part of this model is planned obsolescence, when a product has been designed to have a limited lifespan to encourage consumers to buy it again ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
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Moving towards a more circular economy could deliver benefits such as reducing pressure on the environment, improving the security of the supply of raw materials, increasing competitiveness, stimulating innovation, boosting economic growth (an additional 0.5% of gross domestic product), creating jobs (700,000 jobs in the EU alone by 2030), etc.
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Consumers will also be provided with more durable and innovative products that will increase the quality of life and save them money in the long term
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Do you think this is a good idea? Comment below ๐Ÿ‘‡
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๐Ÿ“ทCredits: @erasingwaste
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#plastic-free #plasticfreeliving #plasticfreeoceans #plasticfreelife #plasticfreeproduce #endplasticpollution #plasticpollution #pollutionfree #pollution #savetheplanet #savetheearth #savetheplanetearth #wastefreeliving #keeploudounbeautiful

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended
.
In practice, it implies reducing waste to a minimum. When a product reaches the end of its life, its materials are kept within the economy wherever possible. These can be productively used again and again, thereby creating further value
.
This is a departure from the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a take-make-consume-throw away pattern. This model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy
.
Also part of this model is planned obsolescence, when a product has been designed to have a limited lifespan to encourage consumers to buy it again ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
.
Moving towards a more circular economy could deliver benefits such as reducing pressure on the environment, improving the security of the supply of raw materials, increasing competitiveness, stimulating innovation, boosting economic growth (an additional 0.5% of gross domestic product), creating jobs (700,000 jobs in the EU alone by 2030), etc.
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Consumers will also be provided with more durable and innovative products that will increase the quality of life and save them money in the long term
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Do you think this is a good idea? Comment below ๐Ÿ‘‡
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๐Ÿ“ทCredits: @erasingwaste
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#plastic-free #plasticfreeliving #plasticfreeoceans #plasticfreelife #plasticfreeproduce #endplasticpollution #plasticpollution #pollutionfree #pollution #savetheplanet #savetheearth #savetheplanetearth #wastefreeliving #keeploudounbeautiful

Recent headlines about global pollinator declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality che...
06/27/2021

Recent headlines about global pollinator declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. The good news is that none of this is inevitable:
- Reduce your lawn and plant natives! They provide food and shelter to local birds and pollinators!
-Choose green gardening! Spraying chemicals to control mosquitoes and/or weeds pollutes the soil, groundwater and kills beneficial insects and the birds that eat them.
-Restore some of the ecosystems around your property and neighborhood
-Avoid buying invasive plants and never ever plant them on natural areas, they quickly destroy native species and interrupt the balance in the ecosystem
-Advocate to protect delicate ecosystems in your state. Get involved and speak up!
-Educate neighbors, friends and family, most people want to do go but they donโ€™t know how ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
- Join an environmental organization or volunteer in most events you can! Thereโ€™s so much to do! We need all the help we can get! why we, ourselves, are natureโ€™s best hope.
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Photo and quote below from Dr. Tallamy
#bethechange #takeaction #advocatefortheplanet

Recent headlines about global pollinator declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. The good news is that none of this is inevitable:
- Reduce your lawn and plant natives! They provide food and shelter to local birds and pollinators!
-Choose green gardening! Spraying chemicals to control mosquitoes and/or weeds pollutes the soil, groundwater and kills beneficial insects and the birds that eat them.
-Restore some of the ecosystems around your property and neighborhood
-Avoid buying invasive plants and never ever plant them on natural areas, they quickly destroy native species and interrupt the balance in the ecosystem
-Advocate to protect delicate ecosystems in your state. Get involved and speak up!
-Educate neighbors, friends and family, most people want to do go but they donโ€™t know how ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
- Join an environmental organization or volunteer in most events you can! Thereโ€™s so much to do! We need all the help we can get! why we, ourselves, are natureโ€™s best hope.
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Photo and quote below from Dr. Tallamy
#bethechange #takeaction #advocatefortheplanet

06/25/2021
How to hold a clothing swap!

How about organizing a clothing swap with your friends and neighbors? Great way to reuse and extend the lifespan of textiles!

Free libraries are a great example of how you can create a stronger sense of community while reducing and reusing!  Chec...
06/24/2021
Little Free Libraries -- The Rise of the Gift Economy

Free libraries are a great example of how you can create a stronger sense of community while reducing and reusing! Check out the new #littlefreelibrary video from our local YouTube stars Solarpunk Life https://youtu.be/CDiTw4KF_5w

Jason and Joe discuss Little Free Libraries and how Joe repurposed some old table legs to make a stand for the one they host at the same location as their To...

To many, summer means the beach! ๐Ÿ– If you are heading there, prepare your reusables and, if possible, make a little educ...
06/23/2021

To many, summer means the beach! ๐Ÿ– If you are heading there, prepare your reusables and, if possible, make a little education and cleanup around! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป
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#repost @ecoimpakt
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๐Ÿ˜ฑโ–ถ๏ธ All the items on this list have a reusable alternative. Make the switch!

Every year in September, the International Coastal Cleanup Day takes place.

About 800,000 volunteers in more than 100 countries collect nearly 20.5 million pounds of trash.

And these are the TOP 10 items found ๐Ÿ‘†

An estimatedย 8 million metric tonsย of plastic leaches into our seas each year.

This plastic waste affects marine wildlife and eco-systems.

Did you know that turtles for example mistake plastic bags for jellyfish?

Plastic also never fully biodegrades; it just breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces turning into microplastics, that are now found in salt, water, rain, etc.
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Follow us @ecoimpakt and let's save the planet together ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“ฆ
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Visit www.ecoimpakt.com for eco-friendly products ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“ฆ we plant a tree for every product sold ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’š
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Source @easyecotips
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#plastic #plasticfreebeach #beachclean #cleanbeaches #beachcleanup #trashcleanup #litterfree #littering #plasticfreeoceans #lifewithoutplastic

To many, summer means the beach! ๐Ÿ– If you are heading there, prepare your reusables and, if possible, make a little education and cleanup around! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป
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#repost @ecoimpakt
ใƒปใƒปใƒป
๐Ÿ˜ฑโ–ถ๏ธ All the items on this list have a reusable alternative. Make the switch!

Every year in September, the International Coastal Cleanup Day takes place.

About 800,000 volunteers in more than 100 countries collect nearly 20.5 million pounds of trash.

And these are the TOP 10 items found ๐Ÿ‘†

An estimatedย 8 million metric tonsย of plastic leaches into our seas each year.

This plastic waste affects marine wildlife and eco-systems.

Did you know that turtles for example mistake plastic bags for jellyfish?

Plastic also never fully biodegrades; it just breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces turning into microplastics, that are now found in salt, water, rain, etc.
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Follow us @ecoimpakt and let's save the planet together ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“ฆ
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Visit www.ecoimpakt.com for eco-friendly products ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“ฆ we plant a tree for every product sold ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’š
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Source @easyecotips
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#plastic #plasticfreebeach #beachclean #cleanbeaches #beachcleanup #trashcleanup #litterfree #littering #plasticfreeoceans #lifewithoutplastic

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Jason and I got out into the backyard yesterday to film a promo spot for the Keep Loudoun Beautiful Watershed Cleanup event. How you enjoy it:
Teacher appreciation week is around the corner and many schools are organizing well-deserved breakfast or lunch for the staff. Can you recommend some eco-friendly alternatives to the paper plates, plastic cups and utensils that they are asking families to donate? I wish we could go old school and use normal dishes, glasses and silverware and produce no trash. ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’š
LoCo Ruckers W&OD Trail Clean Up Success! We had 8 awesome locals show for today's litter pickup! Plus a 9th guy who saw what we were doing from his porch and joined in! We counted 22 bags filled with litter (counting a few smaller bags as half of contractor bags) covering the area of the W&OD Trail from Rt 28 to a little passed the Sterling Blvd Crossing.
This Saturday in Sterling: W&OD Rail Trail Litter Cleanup! Hosted by LoCo Ruckers -When/where to start: Outside Rocket Frog Brewery at 9am -Gear: Gloves, seasonal attire, water, cell phone. -What: We'll be breaking off into groups to cleanup litter along designated portions of the rail trail during the morning. Contractor bags will be supplied, though if you have any their contribution would be great. https://www.facebook.com/events/711275356418986
Today's W&OD Trail Cleanup which was cancelled has been rescheduled for Saturday March 13 starting at 9am. Same plan, new date, hopefully with less snow/ice covering the trash. All interested in cleaning up the trail are welcome to attend.
Since fall is here, it's a great time for litter pickup along trails. All the underbrush is receding for winter. Anyone have suggestions for trails LoCo Ruckers can give a little cleaning to? We last did Bles Park
LoCo Ruckers cleaned a fairly heavily littered section of Bles Park along the Potomac Heritage Trail this evening. I want to thank Jing, Julie, Allen, and Natasha for making it out tonight. We filled up whole trash bin (overflowing) with trash we found, especially along the riverbank.
My son and I went for a hike this morning at Red Rock Overlook. Play this on a loop if you need some zen! :)
On November 15, 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will vote on whether to allow a 750,000-square-foot data center to locate on Sycolin Road., right on the Goose Creek..
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