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!
2. Do a litter collection.
This is a very simple way to reduce the rubbish washing into the sewers and polluting our oceans. Grab a bag and a rubber glove and get collecting! Visit your local park, beach, river or even just walk around the roads near your home. When I first heard about doing this, I was annoyed about having to pick up other people’s rubbish since I am making so much effort not to produce any. However, now I see it in a different way: I am doing this to protect my environment from plastic, not just for my own health but for global health, and I know my actions will benefit everyone.
3. Research the plastic problem.
It’s always important to know why you are on your mission! Take just 20 minutes of your day to look into the effects of plastic on our environment, and thus why I and others across the globe have chosen not to use it. Research the history behind using plastics as well as the damage it is doing, learn about plastic alternatives, read tips and tricks from plastic-free bloggers. In general, inform yourself!
4. Talk to people about the problem!
… and others! Share the knowledge you have learnt with your friends and family. Start talking about why plastic is a problem, and what you can do individually or as a group to reduce your plastic use. By educating others, we can spread the idea of waste-free living, and cut down our negative impact on the environment, creating a cleaner, healthier world for everyone.
Well done to everyone out there who is taking part in PFJ! For more details, check out their website.