What plastic have you used today? Did you use shampoo or soap from a plastic bottle? Picked up coffee to go? Ate with a plastic fork? Purchased apples in a plastic bag? Many plastic items are used for a only a few minutes but their life doesn't end when we're done with them. Many end up in Lake Michigan where animals ingest them or become entangled in them. The good news is that we can choose a different option.
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Explore nature in Illinois before summer’s end. Trails for walking and biking are open at forest preserves and state parks. One special place is Glacial Park, less than an hour's drive from Northbrook in McHenry County.
Even in these cautionary times, there are countless ways to say NO to single-use plastic. Whether it's saying "no straw please," foregoing produce bags, or choosing items in glass jars, challenge yourself to give up the plastic habit. The more you do, the more fun it gets to find new ways to replace plastic!
Explore ideas at Plastic Free July
Americans contribute 25% more volume to landfill between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Follow these tips from SWANCC to reduce the amount of garbage you generate and embrace the holiday spirit.
Looking for ways to celebrate the holidays without all the waste and expense? From decorations and gift wrap to creative gift ideas, try these suggestions for creating new festive traditions that are less resource intensive.
Monarch butterflies across the Midwest will soon begin their migration south. Learn more about monarch life cycles, the importance of native milkweeds and what you can do to help.
FREE. No registration required. Adult supervision required.
Please note: Pets are not allowed at Ryerson Woods.
Take the plastic free challenge. Say no thank you to straws, single-use cups and cutlery. Bring your own bags. Choose products with less packaging. Need more ideas? Sign up below for ideas and to join others pledging to try plastic free options.
Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.
More info can be found here: https://www.chicagoriver.org/get-involved/volunteer/chicago-river-eco-warriors-crew
Come to the Environmental Book Club on Tuesday, April 30 to discuss Dan Egan's The Death & Life of the Great Lakes. Discussion led by member of Go Green Northbrook. No need to register, just come and talk about the book!
Tuesday, April 30
Second Floor, Youth Services Activity Room
The Northbrook Public Library is proudly displaying a rotating exhibit by artist Alisa Singer. We have one piece, located on the wall outside the Collaboratory, and the work changes approximately every 2 months.
The full collection of art will be on display for a year (until March, 2020) at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. There is no opening event planned so feel free to stop by at your own convenience. (The Environmental Graphiti exhibit, featuring sixteen pieces of art, can be found in the South Gallery on the second floor.)