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Replacing Single Use Plastics Workshop


When: July 14 (Sunday); 2pm

Where: Cavendish Historical Society Museum, Main St. Cavendish

Description: It wasn’t until 1985 that single use plastic bags became routinely used in grocery stores. People quickly found multiple uses as totes for other objects, liners for trashcans and a useful tool in cleaning up after their dog. Note that the first “Pooper Scooper” law went into effect in 1978, almost 10 years before the high volume of plastic bags became available.

With a ban on single-use plastics starting in Vermont July 2020, the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is offering a special workshop to help prepare for the change ahead.

If this seems like an odd workshop for a historical society to offer, keep in mind that historical societies are good repositories of how people once lived. Sometimes we need to draw on that knowledge to help people adjust to changes that are more reflective of past eras.

On July 14 (Sunday), at 2 pm at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, a “Replacing Plastics” hands on workshop will provide participants a chance to make their own tote bags from old T-shirts. Using the Japanese fabric wrapping Furoshiki, they will learn to fold a beach towel so it doubles as a pillow and a carrying case. See a demonstration on how to turn a milk or laundry container into a pooper scooper and be provided a handout on options for replacing single use plastics.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Please bring an old t-shirt. While there will be beach towels available for people to try folding, you may prefer to bring your own.

FMI: 802-226-7807 or e-mail margocaulfield.