Film Inspires Plastic Free Living

On March 7th the Seaview Theater in Eastsound was packed for a screening of the beautifully-made but disturbing film “A Plastic Ocean”.

Hosted by the Orcas Island Film Festival, The Exchange, and several other local groups and businesses, Craig Leeson’s 2013 film circles the globe to uncover the insidious threat of plastic pollution on land, and in the sea.

After the screening, there was a conversation about how when facing an awesome challenge, sometime you have to start small. Towards that end, Donna Laslo from the Festival announced a challenge to everyone in the community to try and go “plastic free” at home for six weeks, up until Earth Day weekend on April 20-21.

The Festival also started a Facebook page, “Plastic Free Orcas” for folks to post their accomplishments.

The Exchange plans to open the Exchange Annex for classes in the spring, and among the first will be crafting/sewing seminars making reusable shopping bags, beeswax coated food wrap, and travel utensil kits.