Cycle One: Prairies and Pollinators
What is a prairie?
Prairies are made up of plants such as flowers and grasses that are seldom found in other habitats. They are uniquely suited for southern Wisconsin and provide homes for numerous species of wildlife.
Why are prairies important?
Prairies are filled with native plants that are perfectly adapted to Wisconsin’s climate. The sturdy root systems are both drought resistant and absorb water to prevent erosion and flooding. They do not require fertilizer or pesticides. Prairies provide a home and food sources for birds, butterflies and other insects, reptiles and small mammals.
The Little Free Museum is located on the Capitol City Bike Trail at Waubesa Street on the Goodman Community Center grounds near the splash pad in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cycle Two: Single Use and Difficult to Recycle Plastics
Plastic is a miracle invention, changing the course for medical sciences in a profoundly positive way. However, many of the plastics produced are used for things like packaging and are almost immediately discarded. Further complicating our dependence on plastics, much of the plastics produced are very difficult and sometimes, impossible to recycle.
One of the things we can all do is simply to take a look at the plastics we consume. This display is an example of some of the plastic I have accumulated over the last few months. My hope is that I can begin to make a conscious effort to reduce my consumption of plastics in my daily life. Here are some actions you can take:
- Buy products in glass, aluminum or paper instead of plastic when possible
- Bring a reusable bag when shopping
- Bring your own eating utensils when going out so you don’t have to use plastic ones
- Say no to getting a straw or bring your own
- Pack your own lunch instead of getting take-out
- Put produce in a reusable bag or don’t take a plastic bag when shopping
- Switch to bar soap and shampoo instead of using products in plastic bottles
- Use reusable containers instead of single use ziplock bags
- Buy used toys, clothes and housewares when possible to reduce new waste from being created
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