Plastic free July 2020 – Here’s everything you need to know about it!

Be part of the movement! Join millions on their own sustainable eco-journey in reducing plastic waste and adopting a plastic free lifestyle.

What is Plastic Free July?

 

 

Plastic Free July is a ‘global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.’ This provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and even your local café. In 2020, the challenge is to constantly think of ways to limit our plastic wastage. 

Why is Plastic bad?

Plastic never goes away. You might have heard that plastic is not biodegradable, hence it is bad for the earth as it never really decomposes. What plastic does is that it breaks down into micro-plastics which get mistaken for food by wildlife, and we finally end up digesting them!

 

How many have been inspired by the Plastic Free July movement? 

The movement has inspired over 250 million participants in 177 countries. You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities. You can make the right choice to refuse single-use plastics in July (and beyond!). Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternative climate-friendly habits that can bring about long-lasting changes for you and the environment.

Hundreds of businesses, local governments and community organisations participate in the Plastic Free July challenge each year. A number of those also partner with the Plastic Free Foundation to help reduce single-use plastic in their communities, providing generous financial support in doing so. 

 

How can I contribute?

BYO: Reduce single use plastic waste by going to the bakery with a BYO container. Alternatively, switch to an environmentally friendly store that replaces their plastic bread bags with paper.

Skip the Plastic Bag: Bringing your own cup holder and reusable shopping bag. Think about the number of plastic bags that you can save!

Opt for no cutleries for deliveries: These plastic cutleries are not environmentally friendly as they cannot be recycled and ultimately end up incinerated or in the landfill. Exercise this option to skip complimentary plastic cutleries! Bring your own travel friendly utensils. Although they might be slightly pricier, you are saving the planet.

 

Support other plastic-free organisations today! 

  1. Project bECOme 

Project Become is known for their dedicated efforts towards reducing plastic waste through campaigns. Their commendable campaigns like #BreadWithoutBags and The Modern Milkman advocate a plastic free lifestyle where one is encouraged to bring their own reusable containers when buying food and drinks or return their reusable bottles upon their second delivery. 

The aim is to shed light on consumer behaviour and hence directing business practices towards the ideal path – for everyone to give a second thought before using plastic disposables.

‘’The plastic we used for 30 minutes or less lasts a thousand years’’. 

Do check out their initiatives on their Instagram page @projectbecome.

 

    2. Blue Ocean.net  

Blue Ocean Network is all about getting the information out to the people. They are more than just a news organization because they involve themselves in direct experiences from the ocean community. How can you contribute? There are helpful resources, the opportunity to make connections and meet like-minded people through BON events. Sign up for updates, join their closed facebook group or write to them about your perspectives. 

Visit their site directly here

 

  1. Plastic Soup Foundation

Plastic Soup Foundation is a leading advocacy group tackling plastic pollution. According to them, our future generations are heading towards a ‘plastic plague’ if we do not take action now. 

As a consumer, the responsibility lies in our hands to tackle the potential impacts of plastic-filled oceans. As businesses, we can make a more large-scale change in reducing plastic pollution. 

Are you ready to take the step to halt plastic pollution? 

 

References: 

ABC Radio, Life Matters – How one woman’s quest to go plastic free turned into a global movement

The New York Times – Another Reason to Cut Down on Plastics

CNN – The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

NewsHub – Air New Zealand ditches plastic bottles for ‘Plastic Free July’

Vogue Australia – 6 ways to go plastic-free this July

EuroNews – Millions pledge to go plastic-free for July in global challenge

Evening Standard – Plastic Free July 2019 UK: How to take the challenge to reduce single use plastic

Canberra Times – Forget Dry July, try going plastic free

SBS – Going plastic-free in July is easier than you think

The Guardian – You don’t use so much plastic, do you? How to ditch it for July – and beyond

 

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