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Debris Free Oceans, Rusty Pelican, Rickenbacker Marina and Lean Orb partner to launch MIAMI IS NOT PLASTIC campaign, a collaborative initiative to inspire hospitality businesses in Miami, FL to reduce disposable plastics as part of the global movement to solve time-sensitive environmental problems and clean our oceans. On January 10, 2018 at 6:30pm, Miami Is Not Plastic will launch with an event at Rusty Pelican where leaders from the hospitality industry will be asked to eliminate single-use plastics from their operations. At the launch event, local retailers and restaurateurs, along with the general public, will have the opportunity to meet with sustainability speakers and learn more about how the community can get involved.

By 2050, the ocean will contain more plastics than fish by weight. Americans alone use 500 million plastic straws every day. Because single-use plastics like straws, bags, silverware, and cups are designed to last in perpetuity but are used for just brief moments, plastic pollution continues to accumulate in our oceans at a rate of 8 million tons per year.

Leading by example, Rusty Pelican and Whiskey Joe’s have recently eliminated all plastic straws, bags, utensils, and cups from their restaurants, which at a minimum will prevent over 300,000 plastic straws from entering the waste stream. Contemporaneously, the Rickenbacker Marina has already stepped up by eliminating the use of all Styrofoam and single-use plastics at its office, retail and convenience stores.

To participate in #MiamiIsNotPlastic, restaurants, bars, marinas and other businesses need to commit to replacing single-use disposable plastic items with ocean-friendly alternatives such as recycled paper, bamboo, stainless steel, aluminum, glass and other biodegradable products.

Among the organizations and city officials expected to take part in the program and attend the January 10th kickoff to date are: Debris Free Oceans, Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay, Coral Gables City Commissioner Vince Lago, the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce, the FRLA (Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association), Bacardi, Dade Paper, Jackson Family Winery, SaltWater Brewery, Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter, Mano Americas, Lean Orb, BioTrem, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, VolunteerCleanUp.Org, Fertile Earth Foundation, and Miami Waterkeeper. Other orga- nizations and government officials are still pending confirmation.

For additional information, please visit www.debrisfreeoceans.org and www.miamiisnotplastic.org.

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