Ripple Kids Newsletter February 2010
1st Quarter Service Topic:
The Environment

Dear Members -

We are now in our second month of our 1st Quarter service topic - the environment. One of the biggest threats to our oceans and landfills is plastic. Plastic bottles and bags  never break down so they choke our waterways and take up space in our landfills.

The good news? We can do something about it. Read on for more information.

Help us keep the ripple going and use the 'forward' button below to share with your friends and family.

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How can YOU start a Ripple?
  • Take ACTion by completing a service project to help the environment.
  • LEARN more about organizations that are helping the environment!
  • SUPPORT others who are helping the environment!
  • SHARE the joy....encourage others to start a ripple by sharing what you've learned about helping others!

ACT: What Can You do About Plastic in the Environment?

Think about how you will start a ripple:
  1. Use reusable grocery bags
  2. Use a reusable water bottle instead of disposable plastic
  3. Lobby your local grocery store or government to ban plastic bags.
Check out this cool site with lots of ways to help with the plastic issue:

Reusable Bags

LEARN: About Issues Facing The Environment

One of the most devastating results of our love affair with plastic manifests itself in the 'Garbage Patch' of the Northern Pacific Ocean (pictured above right). Trapped by currents, the millions of pounds of trash - most of it plastic - has formed a large floating land fill the size of Texas.

Watch this video for more information:

You Tube Video
SUPPORT: Organizations  Who are Helping The Environment

Reduce plastic bag consumption
This site has everything from educational information about plastic to products that can help you do your part.

Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration.

If you'd like to read our January newsletter, click here

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter with your child. It doesn't take a lot to inspire and empower them to make a difference - you just did.
Keep the ripples going!

Bridget Belden
Founder and CEO
Ripple Kids, INC.

Plastic and The Environment

RK Team Meeting - seedling pots
Floating landfill - some unconfirmed reports say it is the size of Texas.

RK Team Meeting - seedling pots
This turtle crawled through this ring when he was a baby and as he grew, his body grew around it.

Share: Little Ripples

'I learned how important it is to keep the beach clean because the trash can make the birds and fish really sick. Syrofoam and plastic take a long time to disintegrate.'

Perri, Age 9, CA

This email was written and generously donated by Alii Goedecke. Alii is the author/illustrator of
One Fun Thing and

co-founder of Party Pepper Uppers which bundles birthday party packages for children in need - because every child deserves a Happy Birthday! Visit
for more information

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