It’s not too late to join the worldwide Plastic Free July challenge. The idea behind the challenge is to dramatically reduce single-use plastic from our daily lives. What do you think, can you do it?
It may seem like an insurmountable task given that even bananas can be found wrapped in plastic at many grocery stores, but there are many helpful tips available on their website. I also follow many people on Instagram that have signed up and everyone is excited to share information for helping you achieve your plastic free goals.
The event was started in 2011 in Australia and over the years has grown to include over 2 million participants worldwide. This is the first year that I was aware of the challenge and thought it would be a great opportunity to help me crack down on my plastic use.
If you don’t think you can void ALL single-use plastics, just try to take on the top four: plastic bags, water bottles, straws and coffee cups.
Plastic use is one of the greatest problems in our environment and even has an impact on our health. Fortunately, over recent years manufacturers have been eliminating some of the more concerning chemicals like Bisphenol A, but the sheer volume of plastic waste is something that everyone has the ability to minimize.
When plastic gets into our natural environment it has a detrimental impact on animals. Birds end up eating it and feeding it to their babies. Turtles and other sea life mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and once digested plastic doesn’t get broken down.
Scientist estimate that at our current plastic rate there will be more plastic in the oceans than marine life.
The Plastic Free July website offers many ideas to help you reduce your plastic use. It also has various levels of participation so if you already feel like you’ve been doing your part, you might want to see if there are ways to up your reduction game.
This year they are encouraging companies to get involved through corporate sponsorship. This is a great way to bring awareness to larger groups. Reducing plastic use in the workplace seems like a great way to cut back on some financial spending as well and what CEO doesn’t like that sort of reduction?
So, I encourage you to give plastic free July a try. Buy bulk, say no to straws, take reusable bags when shopping and use real or reusable cups for beverages. These are just some very easy steps to help make an impact on plastic waste.