Help us make our dream of a #PlasticFreeDMV possible.
From October 1 to 30, avoid single-use plastic—especially plastic bags, bottles, and straws. Join with others across NOVA to reduce your plastic footprint and protect our waterways and wildlife. Enroll today!
Plastic pollution is harming our planet.
With tons of plastic being produced and used every year, the impact of plastic pollution on our planet is growing exponentially. Plastic debris ranges in size from large containers to microscopic pellets, and this pollution is impacting our lands, coasts, streams, rivers, and oceans.
Worldwide, 5 trillion plastic bags are thrown away annually; 100 billion of these are tossed in the United States.
Plastic takes centuries to break down.
Less than 30% of plastic is recyclable, and only 1 to 3% is actually recycled.
Fairfax County incinerates plastic that isn’t recycled, releasing toxic chemicals in the air.
Plastics are made from fossil fuels, primarily oil and fracked gas; roughly 12 million barrels of petroleum oil or 69 billion cubic feet of fracked gas are used producing the bags consumed annually in the U.S. alone.
By 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish.
You can be part of the solution!
While eliminating single-use plastics from our daily lives can seem like an overwhelming task, even a few simple changes—like bringing reusable bags when shopping or skipping single-use water bottles and straws—can make a big difference. When you enroll in the Plastic Free Challenge, we will help you along the way, offering encouragement, useful tips, and practical alternatives to commonly used plastic items.
Look for weekly emails with motivational stories, tips, and ideas.
Track your success and recruit family and friends to join you on your plastic-free adventure.
Post about your plastic free adventure on social media using the hashtag #PlasticFreeDMV.
Plastic Free Community Partners: 350 Fairfax, Alexandria 350, Clean Fairfax, Climate Reality Project: Northern Virginia Chapter, EcoAction Arlington, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, Friends of Accotink Creek, Friends of Dyke Marsh, Greater Prince William Climate Action Network, Great Falls Group-Sierra Club Virginia, Green Muslims, La ColectiVA, NOVA Trash Action Work Force, Our Last Straw