CARE (Creating A Responsible Environment) for the Cape and Islands presented its annual Stewardship Awards during its latest summit: “CARE about a Clean Cape & Islands Summit, Protecting Our Environment from Plastic Pollution and Litter.”
The summit titled “My Business Can Compost!” was the second in a series on composting and was held virtually. Recordings of the Summit presentations are available on CARE’s website.
The annual CARE Stewardship Award was presented to Jess Georges, owner of Green Road Refill. Green Road Refill is a zero waste mobile retail shop that provides consumers with the ability to eliminate single use plastic by purchasing products by the ounce and refilling containers. They offer a variety of items including personal care products such as all natural shampoo, lotion and soap to eco-friendly cleaning products.
CARE also announced brothers Owen, 10 and Rye, 7, Silva of West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard as the recipients of the 2020 Youth Stewardship Award for their efforts to reduce trash in their community. Owen and Rye were noticing a lot of trash in the ocean, cracks in fishing piers, jetties and on the beaches when they spent time fishing. So they crafted an idea to solve the problem and presenting a plan to the annual MV Fishing Derby Committee. They proposed a challenge to participants to collect trash exchanging it for a chance to be entered for a prize.
Previous recipients of CARE’s stewardship awards include the CapeAbilities “Green Team, RideAway Kayak, Compost with Me, Cape Cod Beer and Plastic Free MV. The annual Stewardship Awards are presented to an organization and youth(s) that have adopted day-to-day practices to preserve and enhance the natural environment of Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
CARE for the Cape and Islands was founded in 2012 to inspire stewardship to preserve and protect our natural environment, cultural and historical treasures. For more information about CARE’s work, educational programs and opportunities to get involved, visit careforthecapeandislands.org.