Plastic Free July began as an office initiative in Western Australia in 2011. Now a registered independent not-for-profit Foundation, the mission of Plastic Free July is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. Their vision is a world without plastic waste and this year over 2 million people from 159 countries are choosing to be part of the annual Plastic Free July challenge. The campaign encourages people to be more aware of their plastic use which together with increased recycling will result in a cleaner world for generations to come.
We use single-use plastic bags, bottles and take-away containers for a few convenient minutes but the material lasts forever.
- break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
- have low rates of recycling (only 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled) and are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
- ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
- end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050
- transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
- increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels
Source : http://www.plasticfreejuly.org
Here at Yours Sustainably we have many eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic. Reusable shopping bags, sandwich wraps and lunch boxes together with stainless-steel drinks bottles and eco-friendly, washable bamboo and cornstarch coffee cups are all available to replace single-use plastic.
Other easy ways to reduce your plastic use are..
Refuse that plastic straw…. Just say No or ask for a paper one.
Replace the plastic liquid soap dispenser with a bar of soap
Ditch plastic cotton wool buds instead choose those made from bamboo or paper.
Make a start this July for a better, cleaner environment.