By Jessie Forand/ECHO Photo by Jessie Forand/ECHO We are so excited to announce that starting this month, ECHO will be totally fr...

Bye Bye to Bottles at ECHO

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By Jessie Forand/ECHO

Photo by Jessie Forand/ECHO


We are so excited to announce that starting this month, ECHO will be totally free of plastic water bottles.

It’s high time we do away with throw-away bottles, and thanks to a great partnership with Clear Water Filtration, we will soon have three water filtration fill stations around the building!

Going forward, ECHO will be BYOB – bring your own bottle! Or better yet, check out the great new selection coming to our gift shop so you can represent ECHO inside our building and out in the community.

To celebrate this huge change, we will be giving free ECHO water bottles to the first 50 members through the door on May 30, the opening day of our newest exhibit “Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home.”

We’ll have more information as the kickoff approaches, but for now here are some facts about plastic pollution:
  •           50 percent of plastics are used once and thrown away

  •           Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times

  •           The average American throws away 185 lbs. of plastic per year

  •           Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles each year

  •           More than 1 million plastic bags are used every minute

  •           It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade
  •           44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species, and an increasing number of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies







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