Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is here. Its goal is to examine the amount of plastic you use in your day to day life and taking the time to really pay attention to how you can reduce it. All of us use a lot of plastic, especially single-use plastic, without even realising it. It’s time to wake up and start saying no!

Sometimes we just automatically reach for a plastic spoon instead of a metal one; we mindlessly accept a plastic bag at the store without thinking to take our own reusable one; we carelessly accept paper coffee cup lined with plastic every day. And so on and on and on… It's easy to see where societies plastic addiction and epidemic has come from. We have become so accustomed - and dare we say numb - to seeing plastic in our everyday lives that we don't even notice it any more.

On the Plastic Free July website, you can take a pledge to participate in a variety of ways. You can pledge to observe the challenge for just one day, one week, the entirety of July, or for life! You can also pledge to reduce your plastic in a few different ways: you can avoid single-use packaging, you can avoid the "big four" (more on that below), or you can aim to go completely plastic-free. Additionally, you can pledge to make these changes on a personal level, at your work, at your school, at an upcoming event, in your community, or anywhere else you happen to be.

Basically, Plastic Free July doesn't have to be an intimidating phrase, and if the month helps open your eyes just a bit more to the plastic pollution epidemic, you'll be able to consider it a success. And single-use plastic is a pretty significant problem at the moment, meaning there's no better time to get involved. 

Yes, there is a lot of plastic out there, but don’t be intimidated, every little effort helps. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend THE BIG FOUR:

  1. Say no to single-use plastic straws,

  2. Bring your reusable shopping and produce bags to the grocery store.

  3. Take a full water bottle with you every time you leave the house.

  4. Say no to take away coffee cups by bringing your own, or asking for a real mug if you dine-in.

What are some of your go-to tips on reducing plastic waste?

The Plastic Free July organisation provides some great resources on swapping disposables for reusables.  Alternatively, if you’re ready to take the challenge why no sign-up to receive tips and tricks in a weekly email during July help your keep motivated during the challenge. Together we can make a difference and be a part of the solution.

And last but not least, to join in on the community aspect head over to Instagram and use the #ChooseToRefuse to connect with other people joining in on the challenge.