Sustainable Practices Awarded “Best Civic Entry” in Chatham July 4 Parade

Best out of 92 entries...
Sustainable Practices' award-winning parade entry (Courtesy photo)

Brewster MA -  Sustainable Practices, a Cape-based nonprofit focused on promoting environmentally sensitive consumption choices, was awarded “Best Civic Entry” out of the 92 entries by the Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee. The organization’s float with a banner reading “Make our oceans GREAT again” featured a 7-foot plastic bottle made up of discarded plastic bottles collected during beach cleanups along the Cape coastline. In addition, the float pulled a dinghy filled with bagged and sorted waste, including balloons, nip bottles, beach toys, and other discarded plastic items. The giant bottle, which featured the “Cape Plastic Bottle Ban” logo was the creation of a joint effort by Suzanna Nickerson of Chatham and Patrick Otton of Harwich. Both creators filed and facilitated the passage of Sustainable Practice’s Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban in their respective towns this spring.

The Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban is the first step in the organization’s longer-term strategy to significantly reduce single-use plastic on Cape Cod. The Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban prohibits town purchase of single-use plastic bottled beverages and the sale of beverages in single-use plastic containers on town property. The initiative began in January 2019 and five towns adopted the policy this spring. Sustainable Practices is preparing to file Citizen’s Petitions and work with other Cape towns this fall to establish the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban as a Cape-wide policy.

“We are extremely happy to receive this recognition,” said Madhavi Venkatesan, executive director of Sustainable Practices. “We plan to be visible throughout the summer, with many events ahead to compliment and further our Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban initiative.”

Sustainable Practices partnered with the Town of Wellfleet to facilitate a plastic-free road race earlier this month. The organization will sponsor locally sourced, organic dining in Brewster on July 29 and August 26 and will begin its 3rd season of sustainability films at the Chatham Orpheum this September. Films are shown the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am through next June. Each movie deals with different aspects of sustainability, environmental and social justice, and economic equity. At present, Sustainable Practices is planning its 2nd annual All-Cape beach cleanup for September 28 and will be a co-sponsor of Oysterfest in October. For more information on Sustainable Practices visit

An award ceremony recognizing the winners of the eight Independence Day Parade categories will be held July 15 at the Chatham Board of Selectmen meeting. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on