To address the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, we are looking to sources of single-use plastic in our community. By teaching restaurants ocean-friendly practices, we are able to increase awareness, drive change in behavior, and create a scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint.
Ocean-Friendly Gardens are a solution to water pollution. By contouring landscapes for rainwater retention; creating living soil to sponge up water, filter pollution, and sequester carbon; installing climate-appropriate plants, and more we can prevent contaminated water and fight climate change in our own backyards.
Our Plastic Pollution project focuses on cleaning up our waterways. We hold regular marsh, neighborhood, roadway and beach cleanups for the public, but also help other organizations host their own cleanups with little effort on their part. By sharing our knowledge and resources, and collecting data during our cleanups, we multiply our effect on Charleston’s pollution.
This Rise Above Plastics project focuses on educating our community and fighting for legislation that reduces the presence of harmful single-use items in Charleston businesses. So far Mt Pleasant, IOP, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and the City of Charleston have passed plastic bag bans with the help of our dedicated members. Some of these cities, including the City of Charleston, have taken an even bigger step for our environment by also banning styrofoam and plastic straws.
Cigarette Butts are by far the most common pollution found in Charleston. They are also the most common litter in the world and besides containing plastics, cigarettes leach chemicals into our waterways. It is essential that we address smoking-related litter in our city in the coming months.