MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Environmental Commission is finishing off their Sustainable Living Series with a free documentary screening of “A Plastic Ocean,” on April 7, at 2 p.m. at the Montville Township Public Library.

With all the changes in our town's recycling rules, it seems people have a renewed focus on recycling. However, the truth is that recycling is not a good solution, as plastic is typically only recycled once before it becomes non-recyclable. Therefore, recycling plastic doesn't stop it from ending up in a landfill – it only slows the timeline. Our reliance on plastic and the vast amount of plastic we bring into our homes is the true problem, because that plastic will be around for hundreds of years.

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Microplastics have been found in most of the table salt we eat, the water we drink, and in the fish we eat. In an effort to encourage people to reduce their plastic footprint, the environmental commission is showing this movie to raise awareness of the problem. The movie examines the severity of the problem and how the issue will only get worse, since we continue to produce and use more and more plastic each year. For more information on the screening, please go to the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437501039705936/

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Come early to grab a free sample kit of Dropps plastic-free detergent, a sample pack of WelDental plastic-free toothpaste tablets, as well as a reusable foldable grocery bag. Simple swaps like these are the first step in addressing the issue of plastic pollution. Following the screening, Environmental Commission Member Bansari Shah will outline more easy ways to reduce your plastic footprint and save money at the same time. For more information on the eco-friendly initiatives happening in Montville, join Montville Green Team on Facebook.

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