404 Snuff Mill Road
Wilmington, DE 19807
In order to improve the health and welfare of animals, humans, our communities and our environment, we aim to eliminate the scourge of plastic pollution and to build a culture of zero waste in Delaware through educational programs, awareness building, and policy initiatives.
Â Since being founded in 2010 with a focus on addressing single-use plastic bags, Plastic Free Delaware’s (PFD) expanded mission has grown into seeking to eliminate the scourge of plastic pollution and build a culture of zero waste in Delaware through educational programs, awareness building, and policy initiatives, in order to improve the health and welfare of humans, animals, our communities, and our environment.Â
In addition to classroom visits, tabling and exhibiting opportunities, talking to groups large and small up and down the state, our educational programs have included a Guinness Book of World Records world’s largest plastic bag ball project, outreach to Delaware’s restaurateurs which led to more than 100 restaurants voluntarily offering straws-by-request only, and a reusable bag sewing project using fabric remnants and providing handmade shopping bags to food banks and others least likely to be able to afford to their own reusable bags. With Covid-19 curtailing in-person outreach and educational programs, PFD initiated a monthly webinar series on various plastic pollution and zero waste issues which has been well received and will continue “post COVID". School visits, festival and conference tabling, film screenings, presentations, and reusable bag giveaways are beginning to gear up again as the COVID concern abates.
With significant successes under our belt and momentum building, PFD has its sights set on continuing to grow its base of support and corps of advocates, expanding programs to educate the public and decision-makers, and achieving additional policy objectives, including e-waste and extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation, expanding opportunities for composting in order to reduce food waste (which is 36% of Delaware’s landfill material), truth in labeling legislation, a green procurement policy in New Castle County to encourage the purchase of recycled and/or compostable content whenever possible, and undertaking a study on plastics and non-compostables in Delaware’s wastewater systems in partnership with Delaware’s local governments, the University of Delaware and Delaware Sea Grant.
We welcome you to join us!