Two of the region’s foremost plastics-free advocate organizations are joining forces to present a workshop to show you how to can make a difference in reducing microplastics in the environment.

Georgian Bay Forever has teamed up with Plastic-Free Parry Sound to co-host “Practical Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint”.

The workshop is in support of  GBF’s pilot project “Divert and Capture: The Fight to Keep Microplastics Out of Our Water”, currently underway in Parry Sound.

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You’ll hear about how you can reduce microfibre plastics from getting into the water from washing machines, how to improve your recycling etiquette, and tips on replacements for single-use plastic.

Because it is a workshop, organizers are encouraging both feedback and tips from those taking part.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be served and bring your own traveller mugs and re-usable cutlery so you can get a head start on reducing your plastic footprint.

Georgian Bay Forever will have their new Divert and Capture Project Coordinator, Cassie Weston on-hand.

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Aside from managing the washing machine filter project in the workshop, she will be talking about and recruiting for the volunteer shoreline cleanups this summer, another part of GBF’s “Divert and Capture” microplastics project.

This part of the project keeps microplastics from getting into the water and the aquatic food chain.

You can email Cassie if you’d like to learn more about her contribution to the Divert and Capture project.

Also on hand will be Ellen Walker, a founder of Plastic-Free Parry Sound to explain the objectives of their group as they work towards an overall goal to reduce single-use plastic in Parry Sound.

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Photo courtesy Georgian Bay Forever

They recently asked Georgian Bay Forever to partner with them on developing tabletop signs for Parry Sound businesses that take the “Default to no straws” pledge. For more information on the “Default to no straws” initiative contact Ellen Walker.

“There are so many really inspiring people in Parry Sound rolling up their sleeves and participating in figuring out better ways to manage plastic waste to reduce how much is getting into our ecosystems and places we love,” says Heather Sargeant, Communications Director for Georgian Bay Forever.

The “Practical Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint” workshop takes places in Parry Sound at the Bobby Orr Community Centre in the Hart Room on Saturday, April 27th from 9.30 am to 2:00 pm.

It’s FREE, but you need to register as seating is limited.