October 1, 2022

It’s Ecological Sunday! New Water Bottle Initiative Kicks Off Today in Chester

felise water bottleCHESTER — Celebrate Ecological Sunday on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Chester Center to participate in a new initiative, named “Chester Cares,” to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. The initiative, which was started by Chester resident and former science teacher Felise Cressman, includes a launch of Chester’s own aluminum logo water bottle.

On Jan. 31, anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, at the corner of Maple and Main Streets, to educate yourself about the harmful effects of plastic on our land and waterways.

Also, view the short film celebrating this initiative, which was created by Nick Lepore, a Valley Regional senior interested in film studies.

And see the display of Chester’s “Top 10” items of garbage collected in less than five visits along Chester’s Connecticut River shoreline.

Finally, check out at the sculpture at the Maple & Main Gallery that Cressman and her fellow volunteers created from the collected debris; you can even add to it.

The water bottle is made in America by veterans and previously unemployed Americans from recycled aluminum cans and BPA-free materials. The logo is the newly designed “Chester, Connecticut -We’re a Walking Town” logo by Janet Cummings Good.

The bottle will be available for purchase that Sunday at Maple & Main as well as at Compass Rose and Simon’s Marketplace.  Check out a “boxed water” alternative to plastic at various merchants in town.  Proceeds from sales will be used to purchase more logo bottles and to support protection and cleanup of oceans through the Rozalia Project (www.rozaliaproject.org).

For more information or to become involved in this initiative, email ChesterWaterBottle@gmail.com.

Plastic Facts from Chester Cares
* Americans used approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles in 2015.
* 8 out of 10 plastic water bottles are not recycled.
* The average plastic water bottle breaks down in ocean water into 39,000 1-mm-sized micro plastic bits.
* 44% of all seabirds eat micro plastic by mistake.
* 20% of all plastic in the ocean comes from the sea and 80% comes from land.
* In 10 years there could be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of finfish in our oceans.