Plastic Free July was born in 2011 from a simple idea—to refuse single-use plastic during July. The best way to reduce plastic pollution is to refuse, rethink, and reduce what we consume. Taking part in Plastic Free July is an easy way to learn the skills to reduce and avoid the use of plastic.
Did you know:
- Every year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans
- The plastic we throw away can circle the earth 4 times in a single year
- Disposable plastic items represent 50% of marine litter
- 95% of disposable plastic packaging is wasted
- Plastic can survive in the environment for up to 500 years
- Recycling plastic take 88% less energy than making new plastic
Want to go plastic free?
- Drink tap water or buy glass bottles
- Avoid plastic bags
- Get rid of single doses and avoid buying single-dose packaging for your personal care
- Travel with your water bottle
- Get yourself a travel kit and take cutlery, glasses, and dishes out with you
- Pick up alternative straws; use those made of glass, paper, bamboo, or steel
- Buy products packaged in cardboard or glass then recycle or reuse the containers
- Try to get creative recycling. If you have disposable bottles to throw away, remember that you can always reuse them or even upcycle them. You just need a little bit of imagination!
Make an effort this July to reduce or eliminate your plastic use. You can go it alone at home or join the challenge at www.plasticfreejuly.org to receive tips and tricks in weekly emails while being part of this global movement.