We are known for our work in launching the effort that resulted in the passing of the Plastic Bag Ban in the Town of Crested Butte in 2016. Since then, we’ve expanded our efforts to focus on key ways that we can all be the change. Our goal is to take concrete steps that support you and other Crested Butte community members in making daily choices to reduce our impact.
We started with bags, but we do so much more. Read on to find out what we’re up to these days.
Crested Butte Climate Action Plan
We did some heavy lifting getting the Crested Butte Plastic Bag Ban passed. We currently support you, our community members and businesses, in following the spirit of the policy. We brought the Australian program, Boomerang Bags, to the Gunnison Valley to fill the need created by getting rid of single-use plastic bags.
Waste Management’s Riverland Transfer Station, the City of Gunnison, and the Gunnison County Recycling Center offer remarkably good recycling for such a rural community. In addition, many local businesses and organizations offer options for recycling some other items like used cell phones and lightbulbs. We don’t have the kind of recycling facilities you find in urban areas with larger populations and more resources. We’ve come up with a way to change that.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
In our dry, high climate, drinking plenty of water is important, but single-use plastic water bottles are horrible for the environment. We’ve partnered with the Town of Crested Butte to install two water bottle filling stations and are already working on our next locations.
One of the first things we did after getting the Plastic Bag Ban enacted was create our Waste-Free Events program. It has taken off and is now one of our biggest ways of reducing single-use waste in the Gunnison Valley.
Support Our Projects
As a small non-profit organization, we rely on a wide network of volunteers and the generous financial contributions of individuals, businesses, municipalities, and foundations to achieve our mission. We always have more room for people like you at the table.