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Ryan Speaks at CIE in Bogota, Colombia!

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I had a great time speaking at the CIE Colombia Youth Entrepreneur Event last week! I met some new friends and enjoyed hanging out with all the kids at the event. I even got to speak one of the days there to students at the University of La Sabana! It rained every day we were there, I tried new food from Colombia and I took a tour of a salt mine that was really cool.  I hope I get to go back again someday. I had a great time. Unfortunately, my mom got altitude sickness so she wasn’t feeling very good for half of our trip. She’s better now that we’re home. Thank you CIE for hosting us!

 

Beach Clean Up With SUN BUM & New Van Donated to Project3R From SC Johnson!

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What an awesome event! We had a nice breakfast and then did a beach clean up with the West Coast crew from SUN BUM (thanks for hosting the event). After the clean up, we looked at micro plastic from water samples we took at the beach under a microscope. It was crazy to see plastic in the tiniest forms. Thank you so much to the SC Johnson Company for giving me a van today to help with my Project3R events. What an amazing surprise! This van will definitely get put to use and the best part is it’s electric! Look for it at upcoming events.

Ryan Tours Rehrig Pacific Company

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This past week I toured Rehrig Pacific Company. They are located North of Los Angeles and they’ve been making trash bins since 1913! They used to make bins out of wood long time ago but now they make bins and all sorts of other containers, pallets and stackable container holders (like the kind that holds soda bottles) out of recycled plastic. I met them at Waste Expo last month and I wanted to learn more so I asked for a tour. Their facility is amazing! I even got to help assemble a trash bin.

Did you know that all of the trash bins they make have a trackable bar code that can tell how many times the container was dumped, and if it was picked up? I saw the big molds that make the bins and I had no idea there were so many colors of trash, recycle and compost bins. As you can imagine, their warehouse was huge and they have facilities all over the country. Next time you recycle a plastic bottle, it might just get made into your next trash bin. Thank you Rehrig for the the tour and keep up the great work!

Ryan Tours POLYWOOD With Sammie Vance

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When Polywood contacts you and asks if you’d like to tour their facility in Northern Indiana, you do a little research. Ryan saw the word recycled in their product description and said, “We’re going”. To make the trip even better, his friend, Sammie Vance from SAMMIE’S BUDDY BENCHES lives nearby so it was a win win to visit with her and her family and to take an awesome tour of Polywood.
During the 3 hour tour, we learned that Polywood makes amazing outdoor furniture made out of recycled #2 plastic containers. Ryan and Sammie got to tour their entire facility from start to finish to see how their recycled products are made and each family got a set of their amazing Adirondack  sets. What a great way to make sure those old milk jugs don’t go in a landfill! Check out their product line! We’re hoping to be more involved with Polywood in the future and keep an eye out for a video on Ryan’s social media soon of his tour with Sammie. Thank you Polywood!

Ryan wins Shane McConkey EcoChallenge BLACK DIAMOND Award!

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I’m excited to share that I just won the 2022 Black Diamond division of the Shane McConkey EcoChallenge. The $6000 prize money is being donated to Project3R to help fund classroom education and support clean up events to keep our planet clean. Thank you so much to the Shane McConkey EcoChallenge and all the sponsors of their organization to make this happen. Congrats to all the other winners as well!
Yes, this check is actually bigger than me. To learn more about the Shane McConkley Eco Challenge click here.