Originated as an environmental challenge back in 2011, Plastic Free July has gone on to become an international environmental movement that has spread across the globe from its start in Australia. The initiative began as a mission to minimize the use of single use plastics for an entire calendar month. Since the mission’s launch it has led to over 2 million people from 159 countries taking the pledge to be part of the annual Plastic Free July Challenge.
It is reported that on average there are nearly 300 millions tons of plastic produced each year and only 10-13% of the items being recycled properly. Through insufficient recycling methods and the production of plastics that are not biodegradable this has led to these plastic objects entering our landfills and oceans and injuring our environment.
Completely avoiding plastic objects might be easier said than done, but by taking small steps such as skipping single use straws, saying no to a plastic bag, and avoiding plastic packaging can lead to a smaller footprint and impact on our planet. Take a stand with MASA and check out our tips to become part of Plastic Free July!
1. Say no to plastic straws. Skip those plastic straws when dining out or opt for a reusable stainless steel straw.
2. Bring your own reusable bags when out shopping. By bringing your own bags it helps eliminate single use plastic bags that are often used for produce and shopping bags.
3. Grab yourself a reusable bottle. Carry your own water bottle and refill it at water fountains and filling stations.
4. Bring your own thermos or mug to your favorite coffee shop. Disposable coffee cups may look like paper, however they are often lined with polyethylene, a thin plastic used to prevent liquids from spilling out.
5. Skip the body wash packaged in plastic bottles and instead go for bar soap. Bar soaps come in a variety of sizes, scents, and often last longer than a bottle of shower gel.
6. Rethink how you store food. Invest in storage containers, bento boxes, or glass jars for food storage. Pack your leftovers and lunch in these environmentally friendly alternatives to sandwich bags, plastic baggies, and plastic wrap.