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Plastic Free July

It’s more important than ever to consider our own impact on the environment and, since its inception, Plastic Free July has grown from humble origins into a global event.

The aim of  Plastic Free July is to educate about the dangers of plastic, and to challenge people to avoid using products containing plastic for the entire month. Their vision is to achieve a world without harmful plastic waste.

The event began in 2011 in Western Australia through the organisation Earth Carers, and has gathered momentum, becoming an independent not-for-profit organisation in its’ own right. Plastic Free July is now an annual event in over 150 countries worldwide, encouraging people to be mindful of how much plastic they use and the impact it has on the environment.

By reducing our own plastic use, we can make a small difference and encourage others to do the same. You could begin by avoiding single-use plastics and switching to more reusable or recyclable products, such as glass jars and storage containers, aluminium drinking straws and avoiding highly processed foods.

This July, why not celebrate Plastic Bag Free Day on Sunday 3rd, and swap your plastic shoppers for more sustainable shopping bags and carriers? It’s more functional and fashionable!

No change is too small if enough people make it!

How bad is single-use plastic?

Single-use plastic is plastic we use once and throw away, anything from a single use cup to a food wrapper. Half of the plastic produced each year is single-use and a lot of it ends up in our oceans. It’s predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

Plastic is incredibly harmful to all living things and their habitats and microplastics are becoming an increasing threat. It’s estimated that we could be consuming 20kg of microplastics in our lifetime through eating, breathing and drinking.

Friends of the Earth have information and resources on their website to explain more about the dangers of single-use plastic, who the largest plastic polluters are and how you can take action to not only reduce your own single-use plastic footprint, but put pressure on global giants to do the same.