Local nonprofit GreenPlate, which exists to promote the better use of plastic where we live, work and play, will host Green Plate Special: Eat, Drink & Be Wary (of plastic) on Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Radial Cafe, 1530 DeKalb Ave. The $30 tax deductible donation benefits the organization and it’s ongoing mission.

The  menu for the evening will include appetizers, three-course meal, beer, wine and a membership to Green Plate. For tickets, visit www.GreenPlate.org.

During the dinner you can also find out more about participating in the 7-Day Plastic Challenge April 18 – 24. The Challenge is a fun way to raise awareness about how much plastic we use on a daily basis. Sign up to participate by visiting the website.

The use of plastic has made life much more convenient and safer in many ways. Yet, when you start to look around, plastic is everywhere.  Plastic is made to last forever and using it for one-time single use items like a straw, plastic wrap or a coffee lid, is not a good use of a material like plastic.

In 2001, the plastic to plankton ratio in the North Pacific Ocean was 6:1. In 2008, the ratio grew exponentially to 28:1. Single use plastics are becoming an epidemic for our environment – fast.

As Georgia’s government looks for ways to reduce costs, trash pick up along roads and public areas is being reduced. As a result, our roads are becoming covered with waste, particularly plastic including bags, fast food containers and water bottles.  The good news is that everyone can make a difference by reducing their use of single use plastic and recycle more.