Earth Day 2018 - Help End Plastic Pollution in Clark County, WA

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


According to the Earth Day Network, currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.


Of the 33 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. each year,  only about 7 percent is recycled. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a floating mass of garbage the size of a continent where plastic outnumbers plankton. Plus, most plastic is made from oil.

It's no surprise to learn the theme for this years, May 22, 2018 Earth Day celebration is End Plastic Pollution. 

At ViewHomes of Clark County with Nature As Neighbors, we have committed to doing our part to help manage this growing problem. In short, we pledge to reduce our use of plastic, recycle or reuse it properly, and to refuse using plastics when we are able to avoid it. 


Here are some of the top plastic polluters we are making a point to avoid:


Plastic Bottles

Plastic Straws

Plastic Shopping Bags

Plastic Food Storage Containers

Plastic To-go Boxes 

We feel fortunate to live in an area rich in natural resources, beauty, and abundant wildlife. Plus, we recognize the importance of being good stewards of the environment. Studies show those who have a deep connection to Nature find it easier to respect the planet. After all, we are all part of nature - not separate from it.


We hope you'll join us in our quest to help End Plastic Pollution in Clark County, Washington and beyond, on this Earth Day 2018 - and everydayl  

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

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Camas, WA  98607





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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and Bernie, if more people do their part the earth would be better off.  I take my cloth bags to the grocery story to help do my part but trades shops hand them out free.


Apr 16, 2018 11:24 AM #3
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It's amazing, isn't it, Debb, how many people seem oblivious. I am religious about recycling anything that is recycable and bring plastic bags, styrofoan containers back to my supermarket once I have no need for them. There are always at least a couple of styrofoam egg cartons in my trunk waiting for recycling. These days our recycling bin is fuller than our trash been.

Apr 16, 2018 11:42 AM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, I bought a home outside of city limits, I was shocked to learn they did not provide recycle bins, I would collect them and take them to an area that takes recyclables but I wonder how many people actually do that.

Apr 16, 2018 12:11 PM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have been fortunate to live in high IQ in recycling minded communities.  And I am happy to say that our Albertson's in Carpinteria was the first to lead the way in not using plastic, and demanding that their customers bring bags for their groceries.  This was way before the County of SB made a law of it.  

Both Napa and Sonoma counties had recycling as part of their brand identities. A

Apr 16, 2018 12:38 PM #6
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 Good to be reminded about earth day! I wish we would stop using water bottles in the model but i know it's business! Bob and I wonder if are recycles at home really do get recycled! Great blog!

Apr 16, 2018 12:57 PM #7
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Debb,
Those are some pretty sobering statistics.  I know many cities have banned plastic grocery bags.  We all need to do our part.

Apr 16, 2018 01:45 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Debb and Bernie - I think that the plactic bags is a big issue.  The bottles are properly recycled.  Reusable bags work.

Apr 16, 2018 02:59 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- We are such a throw-away society and these statistics are eye-opening. We are trying to minimize our footprint. Last year I bought some stainless straws to use and love my Klean Kanteen. That said, I know that I could do a better job. 

Apr 16, 2018 03:51 PM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I never know how much plastic straws harm the environment. Of course, we only use paper straws at home but few restaurants and almost none of the fast-food joints use them. They all use plastic.

Remember Mrs. Robinson. Plastic. It's the future. Yeah, right! It's destroying our planet.

Apr 16, 2018 05:31 PM #11
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Ending plastic pollution should be mandatory for the United States....and aroumd the world. Some people  can't see or just do not care how it is harming the earth.

Apr 16, 2018 07:27 PM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - This is something my daughter and I are very passionate about. Your presentation for your quest to stop plastic pollution is very valuable and educational too. 

Apr 16, 2018 07:52 PM #13
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Congratulations! You've been featured in BananaTude for a very great reason.

Apr 16, 2018 07:54 PM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  I hope everyone will do what they can to avoid unnecessary use of plastics and to dispose of them properly.

Apr 17, 2018 05:23 AM #15
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, great video and we should all do our part in saving our environment and keep plastic out of our lives.

Apr 17, 2018 06:05 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is certainly timely information and advice to share with area residents.

Apr 17, 2018 09:25 AM #17
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Great cause and surely something we all need to do. Now if we can figure out what to do with that huge mass of this stuff floating in the ocean. I guess we can dream, cheers cvc

Apr 17, 2018 09:59 AM #18
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I knew it was about time so thanks for the reminder. We all need to be responsible citizens and take care of our earth.

Apr 17, 2018 05:03 PM #19
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I participated and the first earth Day with a glass recycling project! I got two dump truck loads of glass bottles that I recycled and after I paid for the fuel for the dump trucks and made a whole $7 Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Apr 17, 2018 09:09 PM #20
Jack Tenold
Caliber Home Loans, Inc. NMLS 15622 - Spokane, WA
Conventional and Reverse

Recycling is top of mind in our home AND office.  Most of us have a love/hate relationship with plastic particularly.    Thanks for continuing to spread the word since it is so important to keep reminding everyone no matter what day it is. 

Apr 18, 2018 02:33 PM #21
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I hadn’t thought about Earth Day in a while, but thank you for the reminder. I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

Apr 19, 2018 04:44 AM #22
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