We are over halfway through Plastic-Free July. Think of all the plastic you haven’t used which is not ending up in the oceans! However the fight against waste pollution isn’t over yet, and there are always more things you can do to try and reduce the effects of plastic around the world.
So, what can you do this July to help cut down plastic consumption?
1. Take the Plastic-free July challenge… duh!
Join me and many across the globe who are cutting down their plastic waste for the whole of July. The aim of this challenge is to stop using “one-use plastic” objects, for example: food packaging, water bottles, plastic bags, cellophane wrapping… the list goes on! Instead look for alternatives, or even better, cut out the unnecessary waste completely. Change what you buy, try things you may not have considered before, and see how much waste you can reduce. What’s more, for the plastic waste you do end up using, don’t throw it away! Many people do not realise how much rubbish they produce because they never actually see it- the plastic just gets chucked in the bin. If you keep the waste you produce this month, you can see how much you produce and identify what changes you need to make to reduce it!
July for many is the month of holidays. But in Australia, it is also the environmentally-conscious month of Plastic Free July. Organised by the PFJ group based in Western Australia, the movement encourages people across the country to stop using single-use plastic items for a month, and see how much of their plastic waste they can cut out.
This is an excellent campaign that gets normal people who may not take note of their rubbish to think about the effects that they are having on their environments. Individuals, schools, companies and corporations can sign up and participate, going plastic-free for a day, week, month or even longer if desired! The plastic rubbish you do produce is not thrown away but collected in a “dilemma box”, and at the end of the month can be assessed as to how necessary it was and how it could be avoided. If you need any tips, they have a great toolbox of ideas on their website!
So why should you take part? Because according to their website, all the plastic that has ever been produced in this world is still here, as it doesn’t biodegrade for hundreds of years. Tonnes of plastic is dumped across the world in landfills and oceans, yet governments and manufacturers tend to turn a blind eye, because they don’t want the responsibility of cleaning it up or changing how their products are packaged or made. So we, the public, need to demonstrate that we do not want to have our products covered in plastic, and that we shall not support businesses or corporations that are not actively making their products greener and packaging-free. By joining the hundreds of other people who participating in Plastic Free July, you can not only reduce your plastic impact on the environment, educate others about the problem, encourage others to join in with you, and make a stand for a plastic-free world.
To register for Plastic Free July, go to their website: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/register.html
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