BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual Eco-Blast Fair May 4, celebrating all things green and sustainable.

The fair - presented by the Bridgewater Environmental Commission and Sustainability Task Force - included planting seedling activities for kids, music from local bands, Gizmo D. Robot, the Plastic Bag Monster, the NJ American Water Tap Truck and more. Exhibitors included AFC Urgent Care, Allied Wealth Partners, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bridgewater Creative Arts Committee, Bridgewater Farmers Market, Bridgewater Garden Club, Preserve Bridgewater, Somerset County Animal Response Team and many more.

Boy scouts from Troop 88 helped at the reception table and passed out eco-friendly gifts during the event, and also aided the environmental commission in getting signatures for two petitions in support of bills currently before the state legislature that would prohibit stores from giving out single use plastic carryout bags, and also prohibit plastic straws and styrofoam food service products.

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According to Linda Sikora, with the environmental commission, it is estimated that each person uses 500 single use plastic bags per year, which are difficult to break down, and then pollute the ocean and kill fish.

"The commission invites the scouts and others to wear the plastic bag monster costume each year at the Eco-blast to bring attention to the perils of plastic," she said. "Many members of scout troop 88, as well as other individuals, have worn the costume."

In addition, the fair included Taste of Bridgewater, with food from local restaurants, including Bridgewater Blaze Pizza, King Wing, Laurel Circle and Wegmans.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde