Tomorrow is July. And your task for this July, should you choose to accept it, is to refuse any single-use plastic for a whole month. It’s not going to be easy, as reported back in 2008 when Chris Jeevons attempted to go a whole month without any plastic at all.
Why should you do this? Well, Plastic is designed to last forever, yet every day we use it for disposable items which last a few minutes and throw away. Most is landfilled, some is recycled and some ends up in the environment. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes enter the oceans per year where it entangles and is ingested by wildlife. Every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere and in the first 10 years of this century there was already more plastic produced than the entire last century.
Hence …. Plastic Free July
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).
Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. Remember it's not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don't worry about being perfect. 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.
Head over to the Plastic Free July website to register and they will send you some tips and tools as well as let you know about Plastic Free July events in your area. They have toolbox of ideas, recipes and tips to make your Plastic Free July a breeze. Any questions? Check out the FAQ page.