Phyllis Theermann

According to the World Wildlife Federation, at current rate of use, the amount of plastics in the ocean will literally outweigh fish by 2050. The 500 million plastic straws used each day are one of the top beach polluters, according to 5 Gyres, a global health nonprofit organization against plastic pollution in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Sustainable Wellesley is encouraging local restaurants to be part of the #SkipTheStraw Initiative and we need your help asking local managers to re-evaluate their use of plastic straws. A few we know of have already switched so swing by and say thanks to the folks at CocoBeetThe Local, and Quebrada Bakery.  If you know of more please let us know at info@SustainableWellesley.com.

Please consider adding your name next to one or some of the 74 restaurants/cafes here in Wellesley that you would be willing to contact. Although some of these restaurants may not currently serve plastic straws, it is still beneficial to highlight the importance of keeping it that way.

After adding your name to the document above, feel free to use these talking points  when talking to them. Many thanks!

This is not a pipe dream. The city of Seattle is now straw-less and some local restaurants are planning to #SkipTheStraw too, including the Local in Wellesley and and many of Boston’s fun locations.

Why the buzz? The average straw is sipped for only 20 minutes but it can take over 200 years to break down. Straws are very lightweight and often wind up in our oceans and on our beaches where they are a danger to marine life. Plastics never biodegrade — they just break into smaller and smaller pieces.

Phyllis Theermann

March with us in Wellesley’s 2018 Veterans’ Parade!

This year, we’re celebrating the legacy of environmental champion Rachel Carson, by encouraging our community to stop using pesticides on their lawns. The parade is a great opportunity to meet new folks and enjoy a stroll through town supporting a cause you care about. Plus it is fun – simply show up, smile, and wave!

Details:
New Date– Sunday, June 3rd
New location –See you near the intersection of Oakland and Washington St. @ Pole # 5, look for our signs.

Looks like the weather will be lovely for a walk through our town!

Please meet us at 12:30, the parade gets underway at 1:00.

We have a fabulous float this year thanks so very much to Scott Bender for his work and enthusiasm!  The theme is Healthy Lawns = Healthy Kids!

Please come and see the float and march with us! Bring the kids, bring the neighbors!

We’ll provide signage or you can bring your own. Parade route is approximately 2 miles.

Parking: at the Wellesley Public Works yard – entrance is off of Woodlawn Ave.
Shuttle Bus: a big yellow school bus will be at the Crest Road Bridge (end of the parade route) to take folks back to the Wellesley Community Center. (Near the Public Works lot) Or you could leave a vehicle at the Wellesley train station parking lot.

Please contact Laurel at laurellanders2003@yahoo.com if you, your neighbors, family and friends are interested.

Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley Council on Aging hosted the first sewing Bee to launch the Town-Wide Craft Project last week. An enthusiastic group created beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and discussed how to make reusable bags.

Crafty Wellesley children and adults; sewers: novice to expert; anyone looking for a fun and easy community project, Sustainable Wellesley is looking for your talent.  Less crafty folks are welcome to rummage through their closets and donate fabrics, bandanas, and scarves and/or join us to help cut fabric. This is a great relaxing summer activity for all.

“We are creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and reusable bags for a future, community gift wrapping event,” said Kelly Caiazzo, one of the organizers of the town-wide project. 

Here are the details:


1. Donate Fabric

  • Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style

  • Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best

  • e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com to make a fabric donation

2. Sew Furoshiki Cloths:
Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.


3. Sew Bags:
For a nice complement to Furoshiki (and one that doesn’t require any explanation for re-using!) the community will  also be making Boomerang cloth bags. Check out the free pattern online here. Once you have created some for personal use, and some for the community, simply email Sustainable Wellesley to collect your the bags.

4. Email info@sustainablewellesley.com to organize or attend a sewing event.