Plastic Free July is a worldwide movement you can get involved in right here right now in the greater Asheville area.  It is an easy way to be part of the solution to global plastic pollution by simply going without single-use plastic for one day, one week or, best yet, the entire month of July. And it has a really big pay-off: cleaner streets, rivers, oceans and forests. The initiative, now in its ninth year, is spearheaded by the Australia-based Plastic Free Foundation which provides resources to help folks reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, school and restaurants by using reusable water bottles, take-home boxes, coffee cups and straws; buying bars of soap rather than bottled liquid; avoiding pre-packaged foods; and simply buying less packaged goods overall.  CLICK HERE for the Plastic Free Foundation's interactive website with loads more ways to go plastic July and all year long. 


Subject: Ingles Markets Plastic Pollution. Demand Change Now!

Background: Ingles Markets -- our hometown grocery store chain -- is one of the largest sources of plastic pollution in Western North Carolina due to their unwillingness to stop offering single-use plastic bags at the checkout counter. Ingles Markets is the largest grocery store chain in Western North Carolina, and its headquarters are located in Black Mountain in Buncombe County — where residents use an estimated 132 million plastic shopping bags every year!

Take Action:  CLICK THIS LINK to participate in MountainTrue's letter writing campaign to Ingles about how important going plastic bag free is for our environmental and personal health. Please include statement like this in your letter: “As a Jubilee! Community member, caring for Creation is a central & personal commitment that I hope your corporation will honor.  Many of us at Jubilee! will be watching to see what actions you take.”