“Chester Cares” – New Water Bottle Initiative – on Jan. 31

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Celebrate Ecological Sunday on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Chester Center to participate in a new initiative to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. The initiative, which was started by Chester resident and former science teacher Felise Cressman, includes a launch of Chester’s own aluminum logo water bottle.felise water bottle

Did you know that Americans used approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles in 2015 and in 10 years there could be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of finfish in our oceans? These are just two of the plastic facts cited by Felise in a new brochure.

On Jan. 31, anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art at the corner of Maple and Main Streets, to educate yourself about the harmful effects of plastic on our land and waterways. View the short film celebrating this initiative, which was created by Nick Lepore, a Valley Regional senior interested in film studies. See the display of Chester’s “top 10” items of garbage collected in less than five visits along Chester’s Connecticut River shoreline.

All of the items in this sculpture were found along Chester’s riverfront. Come add to it on Jan. 31 at Maple & Main Gallery.

Also, check out at the sculpture at the Maple & Main Gallery that Felise and her fellow volunteers created from the collected debris; you can even add to it.

The water bottle is made in America by veterans and previously unemployed Americans from recycled aluminum cans and BPA-free materials. The logo is the newly designed “Chester, Connecticut -We’re a Walking Town” logo by Janet Cummings Good.

The bottle will be available for purchase that Sunday at Maple & Main as well as at Compass Rose and Simon’s Marketplace.  Check out a “boxed water” alternative to plastic at various merchants in town.  Proceeds from sales will be used to purchase more logo bottles and to support protection and cleanup of oceans through the Rozalia Project (

For more information or to become involved in this initiative, email


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