Sustainable Missoula: What can we do about plastic pollution?

By Youpa Stein, a visual artistco-founder of Living Art of Montana, Zero Waste volunteer and manager of the Working Toward Plastic Free in Montana Facebook page, with Jeremy Drake, Community Engagement Manager at Home ReSource.
Originally published in Missoula Current, July 5, 2019.

Last week in Part 1 of this article, we dove into some of the problems of plastic. This week, we will explore the ways we can #breakfreefromplastic by asking thoughtful questions, taking informed action, and making better choices on the pathway to much better choices.

One of the things I learned in my work for years in the nonprofit world was how important it is to have your mission and values be the foundation for any decisions. I am grateful to the citizens and elected officials who developed the Missoula Zero Waste Resolution for adopting the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) definition of Zero Waste to guide Missoula’s waste reduction efforts.

The definition states that the solutions we choose must support “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of all products, packaging and materials without burning or burying them, and without discharges to land, water or air that threaten the environment or human health.” 

Let’s take a look at how that definition can apply to the problem of plastic….Read the entire article at

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