June 8th, 2019
On Saturday June 8th, 2019, United By Blue, National Park Service, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society & The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation with support by Rock Creek Conservancy met for a cleanup at Anacostia Park for World Oceans Day. In three hours, 177 volunteers spread across the park finding all sorts of debris that lined the riverbanks. Single-use plastic and microplastic items were the most common items found, but two bikes & a scooter were also pulled from the water.
In an effort to move away from single-use plastic as a company, we used 50 of our new reusable mesh trash bags. This was our second event with the new bags, that helped us minimize our impact and gave insight on how we can completely remove plastic trash bags by next World Oceans Day. We also debuted our new data collection program, which aims to identify the specific pieces and amount of debris we find. Food wrappers were the most collected item with bottle caps being a close second.
Following the cleanup, volunteers enjoyed sustainably sourced lobster and shrimp rolls provided by Lukes Lobster and talked sustainability with World Oceans Day founder Bill Mott and Sea Youth Rise Up founders Danni Washington and Sean Russell.
Join us in our commitment against single-use plastics by pledging for 24-hours without single-use plastic here. With your commitment and liking our instagram photo you'll remove 1lb. of waterway debris. Follow the hashtag #quitsingleuse to watch our collective impact grow.