As we are starting to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and communities and businesses move toward reopening, we are calling on our beloved restaurants to reopen with nontoxic reuse. As citizens and as consumers, we trust the data that shows reusable items are safe for use even during COVID, and we WANT to be served in reusables and NEED a systemic shift towards non-toxic reusables to achieve a sustainable future!
Single-use plastics have been falsely promoted as a way to avoid COVID transmission in restaurants. More than 130 public health and medical experts from 20 countries around the world signed a letter endorsing the safety of reusables during the pandemic, using principles of basic hygiene.
Goals of the Campaign
- Approach the CDC to change language of reopening guidance to be reusable-friendly in partnership with existing efforts.
- Approach the National Parks to eliminate single-use plastics beginning with water bottles in partnership with existing efforts.
- Engage restaurants, venues, and events to reopen with reuse!
- Make available for all organizations to point to in support of their ongoing educational and engagement efforts!
Virtual Rally for Reuse
To support the Reopen with Reuse petition, Oceanic Global hosted a Virtual Rally for Reuse to help raise awareness and drive signatures. The rally featured key speakers and organizations in the reuse movement and provide educational information on the safety and benefits of reusable food ware. The event was a big success—driving over 2,250 new signatures—but we still need help to reach our goal of 20K signatures. Check out these actions to help the reuse movement gain momentum!
(learn more about the speakers & how to get involved here):
- Cassia Patel, Oceanic Global
- Miriam Gordon, Upstream
- Marcel Howard, Upstream
- Grace Lee, ReThink Disposable (Clean Water Fund)
- Jaclyn Wegner, Shedd Aquarium
- Jesse Iniguez, Back of the Yards Coffee
- Mladen Gajic, PlasticScore
- Jackie Nunez, Plastic Pollution Coalition
- Jessica Lybeck, Remark
- Molly de Vries, Non-Disposable Life
- Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington
*Music by Ben Kogan of Reusable Solutions