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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee

Local Organization Strives for Plastic-Free Living

Plastic Free MKE is a collaboration of community members, small business owners, engineers, agencies and local nonprofits working to eliminate pollution from single-use plastics in our city. Plastics contaminate our air, food and water; 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year, half of which ends up in Lake Michigan (

Plastic Free MKE recently partnered with scientists at the School of Freshwater Sciences to present a webinar exploring the Great Lakes system in relation to plastic pollution; and with Milwaukee Riverkeeper for a webinar covering brand audits to hold polluters accountable. Plastic Free MKE’s waterway protection initiatives include the Lake Friendly Certification program, which certifies and promotes restaurants, bars and cafés that have taken steps to reduce single-use plastics.

Plastic Free MKE’s website lists information about the effect of plastic on the Great Lakes and on our health and our climate, as well as tips on how to live plastic-free.

For more information or to get involved, visit