Try a plastic free July!! It’s good for you :)

Sometimes you just need a nudge to give something a go.  Why not join in with plastic free July and see what it’s like avoiding stuff wrapped in plastic.  Doing it badly is great so join in!!

You can begin with Lucy Sielge’s Eco guide to reusable and start avoiding single use plastics.

The challenge

The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging… basically, anything that’s intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (plastic bags, bottles takeaway coffee cups & straws).

The rules

The rules are you don’t have to be perfect.  Its a challenge not a competition!!

  • Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
  • Remember it’s not going to be easy!
  • Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy.
  • Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
  • It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer!

However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Why you should participate

Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated EVERY piece of plastic which was ever produced still exists on earth somewhere. In the first 10 years of this century, MORE plastic was produced than the entire last century!
We send millions of tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Do your part to make a change.
Why use something for a few seconds that is going to spend the rest of your life trying to break down in a landfill? We really need to change our habits.

About the campaign

Plastic Free July (www.plasticfreejuly.org) started in Australia and has gone global.  It is supported in the UK by Plastic is Rubbish.  Both these sites contain loads of useful tips on how to reduce your plastic waste.  Use the hashtag #pfjuk to join the conversation.

Give it a go, because doing it badly is still great for the environment.

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