April 22 was Earth Day, and as usual we got a flurry of environmentally themed news tips last week from individuals and companies that thought they had an interesting story to share.
We didn't get to all of them, so I'll wrap a few up in today's blog post.
First the Alliance for the Great Lakes sent out information regarding beach cleanups. Given the heavy concentration of plastics companies around the Great Lakes, I thought I'd share the invitation.
Volunteers are needed to clean up and protect local beaches and shorelines by picking up trash and recording their findings, then sharing information about what they find with beach managers and scientists.
Events are planned for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The closest event to our office in Detroit is set for May 1 at Milliken State Park. It's just a few blocks away from our headquarters, along the Detroit River.
Volunteers can register to participate at www.greatlakesadopt.org.
Speaking of marine trash, I thought it was noteworthy that Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft that's attempting to fly around the world on solar power, made headlines today for a tweet he sent out over the weekend on plastic in the ocean.
Piccard sent a tweet to Boyan Slat, the founder and CEO of the Ocean Cleanup, as he flew over the Pacific Ocean: "I flew over plastic waste as big as a continent. We must continue to support projects like @BoyanSlat Ocean Cleanup.”
Slat is trying to raise interest in a project that he believes can clean up plastic trash from the ocean.
Most of the attention that the plastics industry pays to Solar Impulse 2 is about the lightweight materials used in the aircraft that make the long-distance solar flight possible. But don't forget that the flight has an eco-minded mission, too: to raise awareness of clean technologies.