What would a world without the plastic look like? Can you imagine that? Can we live without plastic? The plastic free July is an initiative that challenges us to ask ourselves these questions. The initiative is gaining more and more popularity. The challenge is being organized and initiated by the Plastic Free Foundation.
The Mission of Plastic Free July
The mission of this challenge is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces the use of plastics and improves recycling. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems of our times. It is responsible for the extinction of marine species, destruction of the environment, resulting in the poisoning of our bodies.
The plastic-free July invites us to refuse single-use plastics for a whole month. The idea behind this no plastic challenge is to encourage people to be more aware of their plastic use, because this is the way to leave a cleaner world for the generations to come. This cannot happen without a change in behaviour and attitudes.
To create a world without plastic we need to start by saying No to plastic shopping bags, straws, coffee cups, takeaway containers, razors, toothbrushes to name a few.
Zero Waste Alternatives
Of course, taking part in the Plastic Free July doesn’t mean not brushing your teeth for a month or not drinking coffee, just refusing to use plastic. There are several smart swaps you can make to minimize your plastic use but still enjoy your takeaway coffee.
For example, use bamboo cups and reusable stainless steel or bamboo straws. Swap your regular, plastic toothbrush with one made from bamboo, pack your lunch in a glass container, instead of a plastic oneс, use a cotton bag for your grocery shopping etc.
The Plastic Free Foundation’s website features a complete list of easy alternatives and swap ideas that can help a great deal.
Our planet needs us to take action to minimize plastic pollution which has become a serious global issue. It may seem difficult to change our habits but we can do it step by step. Taking part in the Plastic Free July initiative is a great way to start.
Make the first steps with the support of a community of helpful and friendly, like-minded people. Let’s say No to plastics this July and make the first step towards positive change and a cleaner world!