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Celebrate ‘Plastover’ By Giving Up Single-use Plastic For Passover

Nikola Gemeš

April 8, 2021
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For thousands of years, Jewish people have given up leavened bread or chametz for Passover — the eight-day remembrance of their ancestors’ journey out of Egyptian slavery.

This year, the arts and culture non-profit Reboot is appealing to people to give up single-use plastic.

According to Treehugger, the goal is to add a contemporary and meaningful action and to push for industry-wide change.

The idea for an eight-day plastic purge or “Plastover” came from Reboot member Jonathan Bines and his family.

“While the Bines family struggled to find modern-day relevance in the leavened bread sacrifice, their 12-year-old son suggested plastic as a contemporary alternative. No food wrappers, takeout containers, disposable coffee cups, etc. would be allowed into the home for the eight days; no new plastic waste would be generated.”

This would benefit the planet but also raise awareness about a big environmental issue and create mindfulness about our own consumption.

Reboot spokesperson Tanya Schevitz says that the power of Passover is in its use of symbols to evoke meanings.

The most recent symbol is the orange that people added to the Seder plate to remind them of the historic marginalization of women and LGBTQ+ people. 

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