• LEF advocates for efforts to reduce the use of plastic that may end up in Lake Erie.
  • LEF recently received a contribution from Absolut Vodka and Malibu Rum after a successful campaign to reduce the number of plastic straws used by restaurants and bars on Put in Bay this past summer.

For more information referencing plastics in the lake see the link below

You’re literally drinking plastic.

When you drink water, beverages made with water, eat fish, or consume food processed with water, you’re almost certainly ingesting tiny particles of plastic along with it. These fragments are known as microplastics.

Microplastic particles can accumulate PCBs, styrene, and other chemicals that are linked to harmful health effects, including cancer, a weakened immune system, reproductive problems and developmental delays in children.

Over time, Lake Erie’s waves can break these plastics down into progressively smaller pieces, becoming “microplastics”- which never go away.  Because microplastics are so tiny, they can make their way past water treatment facilities and into our water supply –  the source of water used in food processing, bottling water, beer and other beverages.

Lake Erie Foundation encourages consumers to skip single use plastics such as water bottles, straws, and plastic grocery bags. Pledging to switch to reusable bottles, bags and containers; and to “skip the straw” are steps you can take today to help save Lake Erie – the source of drinking water for 11 million people.