Healthy Rivers, Healthy You Challenge: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for Robust Rivers 
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Want to preserve river health and save money at the same time? Who wouldn’t? You can do just that by buying reusable water bottles and bags, and eliminating their plastic counterparts. Did you know that plastic can take up 700 years to decompose?! And what’s worse, every single day, consumers discard more than 60 million plastic water bottles. Guess where all of that plastic tends to end up? You guessed it! Rivers and streams that eventually carry the plastic out to our oceans, having a worldwide environmental effect.

Not only can plastic add to the amount of waste on our planet, but the effects on our planet’s wildlife are detrimental. It’s estimated that plastic kills up to 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals each year, and what’s worse, the fish that consume this plastic is still caught and sold as food. Unfortunately, we can end up consuming the chemicals in plastic, just like our marine friends. So what can you do to prevent this? Purchasing a reusable water bottle or reusable bag means there’s a lesser need for manufacturing new plastic from petroleum, and less trash in our rivers and other places. By reusing these items, you are reducing pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy usage! You can purchase a reusable water bottle or bag at any retail location these days! 

Looking to buy something new? Consider your local thrift store! Thrift stores are jammed packed with all your needs. They are fully stocked with items like dishware, clothes, toys, furniture, books and much more! Not only can you save money by shopping secondhand, but you’re saving water too! Manufacturing new items uses gallons of water, and by visiting your local thrift store you can do your part to conserve.

Georgia River Network Promotes Recycling

Georgia River Network is BIG on preserving the quality of our rivers, especially our developing and established water trails! Trash and litter on the banks of our awesome waterways looks bad and is equally as damaging! Do you have a water trail near you? Go check it out! Water trails are a great incentive to experience the issues that your local river faces, and how reducing the amount of trash people generate can make a huge difference! Not sure what to do with the trash you collected? Try recycling the trash you find into a cool art project, fun for the whole family!

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