Participating in the Plastic-free July Challenge
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Cut Out Single-Use Plastic
This month is “Plastic-free July” a great opportunity to diminish your plastic consumption and grow your own plastic consumption awareness. Most of us know plastic consumption & corresponding pollution is huge! You may even have seen some pictures and videos of how it is literally choking our oceans. But we all encounter difficulty when it comes to understanding our own personal impact of the mess. That’s where Plastic-free July comes in.
Birth of A Movement
The initiative first kicked off in 2011, as part of a local government campaign in Western Australia, and grew to worldwide prominence with the establishment of the Plastic Free Foundation. They now help organize and document the challenge through their website, where you can signup to TAKE THE CHALLENGE.
- Beginner: You can pick one disposable item to avoid all month, like single-use plastic straws, coffee cups, grocery bags, or water bottles, and create a new solid habit of using your own reusables!
- Intermediate: You can commit to eliminating all those top four (single-use plastic straws, coffee cups, grocery bags, or water bottles) or another mixture of single-use plastic items you notice frequently popping up in your lifestyle.
- Expert: You can go all in and avoid all disposable plastic all month!
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) also has a great little calendar that can help.
Do What You Can
Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. It is admittedly difficult. Why is called a challenge;) But in doing so, you might find some easy plastic-free wins, that you can continue to do without, as well as get a greater sense of the amount of plastic we actually go through. Start where you can, and try and challenge yourself to do better! There’s actually a whole community of people you can reach out to for support and suggestions!
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor
Good luck with the competition and remember, all that plastic you’re avoiding, is stuff that won’t be burnt or landfilled.✌️ If you’re looking to up the challenge, be sure to check out the Zero Waste movement for some awesome tips & inspiration.
Also, while you’re here, why not sign 👉 this petition👈 to the largest global manufactures of single-use plastics. Thanks!