Plastover: An Exodus From Plastic Waste

Looking for something unique this Passover to engage your family or community with the holiday and make it relevant in today’s world? The nonprofit Reboot’s latest project, Plastover adds contemporary and meaningful action to the holiday.

Every Passover, Jews around the world give up leavened bread – hametz. This sacrifice is designed to recall our ancestors’ journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom. But this year, the Reboot  is asking the Jewish community to make another kind of sacrifice – choosing to mindfully free themselves from the plague of plastic waste by committing to eliminate the use of single-use plastic for the eight days of Passover. 

Plastic has many important uses, but our over-reliance on it has had disastrous consequences for our health and the health of our planet. In particular, single-use plastics offer convenience at a devastating cost, contributing to climate change, polluting our land and water, and harming wildlife. Reducing plastic use is a moral responsibility as well as a practical necessity. Passover is an opportunity  to spark a sustained climate intervention because as the story teaches us, an Exodus of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  

Find out more about Plastover here and download the digital toolkit with a brand new 10 Plagues of Plastic. In case you missed it, you can watch the Plastover session from the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest here

Reboot is an arts and culture nonprofit that reimagines and reinforces Jewish thought and traditions. As a premier R&D platform for the Jewish world, Reboot catalyzes its network of preeminent creators, artists, entrepreneurs and activists to produce experiences and products that evolve the Jewish conversation and transform society. Find out more at rebooters.net.

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One response to “Plastover: An Exodus From Plastic Waste”

  1. J Rosenblum Kaplan says:

    Love what you’re doing. Stumbled upon it when I was looking for a photo of the bags for sale in some Jewish shops (one ~ 90th and Broadway in NYC) of the 10 Plagues MADE COMPLETELY of PLASTIC. I was planning to use a set in an art/ social awareness project. I feel quite disturbed reading and also hearing reports on NPR about the high levels of microplastics discovered in placentas after childbirth. Wow!
    THANKS FOR YOUR WORK creating a path forward. I will participate and share, especially with my grandchildren, family, friends, community. Reminds me of the first Reverse Tashlich I participated in last year in NYC with The Actors Temple. Felt great to walk from shul to sea picking up our trash/ plastic “sins” that would eventually pollute the Hudson River that flows into our ocean. What a powerful spiritual experience. I plan to make that a new ritual in my life.
    Yes, we need rituals like Reverse Tashlich and Plastover — and we need to spread the word. Mitzvahs for Mother Earth and all Creation.

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