On January 28, 1969, Union Oil Company’s Platform A, boring more than a mile beneath the waves and ocean floor, blew out and began the historic, uncontrollable release of over 3 million gallons of crude oil into the waters of Santa Barbara County, California. The spill killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds, as well as dolphins, seals, and sea lions, coating 35 miles of California’s coast. The public was outraged.
On April 22, 1970, twenty million citizens took to the streets in protest of the damage that 150 years of negligent industrial development had caused. This was the nation’s first Earth Day!
Thus, the United States’ environmental movement was ignited. Over the course of a few months, the growing awareness of the damages caused by oil drilling, smog, pesticides, and other dangerous pollutants set the scene, and on December 2, 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was founded.
Today, we continue to face new and evolving environmental challenges. The Earth Day Network has dedicated Earth Day 2018 to focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. This includes ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, and encouraging corporate and government accountability.
Reducing your overall plastic use can be as simple as making a few adjustments:
1. Buy in bulk. You can save money and try small amounts of new foods! Mason jars or glass containers can be reused and stacked nicely in your cupboard. Stop at a register on your way in to Marlene’s to weigh your containers.
2. Invest in a reusable water bottle.
3. Use compostable alternatives to plastic cutlery and disposable dishes.
4. Remember to bring your cloth shopping bags to the store by leaving them in your car.
Those are just a few ideas. If you examine your habits, you might find there are more opportunities to eliminate and reduce plastic use than you thought! Visit EarthDay.org to discover other ways to get involved with the Earth Day movement.
April is a special time for Marlene’s Market & Deli. On April 1, 1976, Marlene opened the doors to her first health food store in Federal Way. Today, they love to use this occasion to yet again open their doors for their annual Spring Open House and Earth Day Celebration.
This special event will have something for everyone! There will be a wine tasting with Proud Pour. Their environmentally healing wines restore water-cleaning oysters and bee-friendly wildflowers to their habitats. Joining them will be Lucky Hook Farm and Left Foot Farm with their team of baby goats!
Join Marlene's Market & Deli on April 21, 2018, between 11am–3pm for samples, prizes, and education. Let’s make a difference before it is too late! See you there!