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Denver co #optoutside cleanup 11.16.19

Denver co #optoutside cleanup 11.16.19

Nov 21, 2019

Denver | Colorado

November 16th, 2019

1,607 lbs.

On Saturday, November 16th 2019, United By Blue and REI hosted our second cleanup for #OptOutside. We met at their Denver doors, located directly on the South Platte River, which cuts through the city. With over 200 volunteers we made our way up and downstream from REI and hauled by hand over 1,607lbs of debris from being swept away.

One large observation made by volunteers that day was that the most commonly found item was polystyrene (Styrofoam). Across the board, as we emptied each bag it could be found in all shapes and sizes. From coffee cups and takeout containers, along with small pieces that could of easily come from any type of packaging. With polystyrene and plastic releasing methane as it breaks down, it becomes crucial to remove as much from the river as possible.

The message of the day was all about ridding ourselves of single-use items. From the polystyrene packaging, pieces and cups to the shopping bags and plastic bottles. As we consolidated our reusable bags into contractor bags it became more and more evident that plastic was the culprit and almost all of that was a single-use item. With REI's #OptOutside Opt to Act action plan, we can start making steps towards a future with less plastic. Follow along with the 52 week guided strategy, join a cleanup and opt to fight for life outdoors.