Virtual Reuse Rally

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Join us in calling on our communities to Reopen with Reuse!

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Join us for a virtual rally to kick-off Plastic-Free July to support the recently launched Reopen with Reuse campaign calling on our communities to recognize that reusable foodware is safe and to choose a reusable rather than disposable lifestyle.

The goal of the rally will be to drive sign-ons for the Reopen with Reuse petition so that it can become a useful tool for the movement. This rally will feature key speakers and actors in the reuse movement and provide educational information on the safety and benefits of reusable foodware.

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As we are starting to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and communities and businesses move toward reopening, we are calling on our beloved restaurants to reopen with nontoxic reuse. As citizens and as consumers, we trust the data that shows reusable items are safe for use even during COVID, and we WANT to be served in reusables and NEED a systemic shift towards non-toxic reusables to achieve a sustainable future!

Single-use plastics have been falsely promoted as a way to avoid COVID transmission in restaurants. More than 130 public health and medical experts from 20 countries around the world signed a letter endorsing the safety of reusables during the pandemic, using principles of basic hygiene.

Read the full statement here.

The goals of the campaign include:

  • Approach the CDC to change language of reopening guidance to be reusable-friendly in partnership with existing efforts.
  • Approach the National Parks to eliminate single-use plastics beginning with water bottles in partnership with existing efforts.
  • Engage restaurants, venues, and events to reopen with reuse!
  • Make available for all organizations to point to in support of their ongoing educational and engagement efforts!

A subcommittee of the National Reuse Network (NRN), led by UPSTREAM (NRN Founder), Oceanic Global, Clean Water Fund, and Safer States are teaming up with countless other organizations including Greenpeace , Plastic Pollution Coalition, Break Free From Plastic Pollution, Shedd Aquarium, PlasticScore, and Remark to launch this “Reopen with Reuse” campaign.

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Organizer Oceanic Global

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Oceanic Global inspires us to care deeply for the ocean and provides solutions to protect it.

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