Protest pesky plastics!

Plastic pollution is an environmental issue that has serious effects on our water and wildlife. Plastic waste easily travels around the world through waterways and when plastic waste is broken down into microplastics, they are consumed by aquatic organisms and contaminate our drinking water. Plastics kill millions of animals every year through accidental consumption, entanglement, and starvation. 

Plastic Free July is an environmental campaign that was founded in Western Australia by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small, local government team back in 2011 to reduce the use of single use plastics. Since their start in 2011, the campaign has grown significantly to now include millions of participants from many countries around the world. In 2020 alone, 940 million kilograms of plastic waste was avoided by 326 million people around the world.

Getting started can seem intimidating, but it’s actually really easy! Plastic Free July was started to challenge people to consider their single-use plastic consumption. It’s up to the participant to choose their level of commitment to the challenge. Start with something simple like bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, using a reusable water bottle, and refusing a plastic straw or using a reusable alternative. Check out this quick quiz to help you get started:

If you are interested in taking the challenge, check out PlasticFreeJuly.org for more information. You can sign up to receive a weekly email during July with motivational tips, stories from other participants, and news updates. And don’t forget to take a minute to explore the rest of the website for endless ideas for reducing plastic use, inspirational stories, and educational resources. 

Remember the challenge is not about cutting out every single-use plastic in your daily life, but instead starting small and making a few changes at a time. Any amount of participation makes a huge difference!

- Bliss Capener

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