Plastic Free July

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Plastic waste, especially from single-use plastics, has become a world-wide crisis. Single-use items like straws, water bottles and plastic bags make up more than 40 percent of plastic waste, and each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic trash flows into the ocean. (Source: National Geographic) This plastic waste will never completely go away. It endangers wildlife, pollutes our waterways and puts our health at risk.

WE MADE PLASTIC. WE DEPEND ON IT. NOW WE’RE DROWNING IN IT.
The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways. [read the article]

The fact of the matter is that the large majority of plastics are not being recycled. We need to change our mindset… be thoughtful about our purchases and avoid plastic whenever possible, especially single-use items.

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Here’s a really easy way to reduce some single-use plastic in your everyday life… stop chewing (plastic) gum. Did you know that the vast majority of gum manufactured today is made of plastic? Frankly, when I found out, I was shocked! I discovered this disturbing information when I read this well sourced article from My Plastic Free Life. What I discovered was that after World War II chemists formulated a plastic that replaced the natural rubber in most chewing gum.

Read Chewing on Plastic? Yum! here. At the end of the post, Ms. Terry lists the chewing gum companies that still do it the old fashioned way and do not include plastic in their product.

For more information about Plastic Free July, visit http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/.

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Plastic Free July 2018 – Paper Straws

Throughout the year, I do my best to keep myself and my family relatively plastic free. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I fail miserably. But it’s important to me to continually find ways to reduce waste (especially single-use plastic waste) and teach my girls (and anyone else who’ll listen) about the whys and hows of living waste-free. For Plastic Free July, I intensify my efforts.

Unfortunately, plastic waste has become a site that is visible almost everywhere.

Anne-Marie Bonneau is one of my go-to zero waste gurus. Her site, The Zero-Waste Chef, has so many great tips and information on how to live waste-free. She recently wrote A Brief History of Recycling (read it here). It’s an extremely eye-opening look at recycling, especially as it related to plastics. You can also follow her on Instagram at @zerowastechef.

During the month of July, I will post simple tips for reducing plastic in your everyday life – here and on Instragam at @mygreenside.

You can also take an active role this month by registering for the Plastic Free July Challenge. Join with over two million concerned people world-wide who are trying to make it a Plastic Free July in 2018. Click here to join the challenge.

About Plastic Free July

The Plastic Free July organization has grown from a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011, to millions of people joining in from more than 150 countries worldwide today. The success of this movement has led them to recently become an independent, not-for-profit charitable Foundation. Their vision is a world without plastic waste.

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Plastic Free July is a movement designed to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Over a million people around the world participate in Plastic Free July, a challenge to refuse single-use plastics for one month.

Join me and take the challenge! It’s easy… just choose to refuse single-use plastic during the month of July.

 

Visit Plastic Free July here to learn more.

 

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In honor of Plastic Free July, I have joined the campaign to try and avoid all single-use, disposable plastics for this month and beyond. You can do it too! To join me visit http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ and click on the “YES, I accept the challenge!” button.

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Follow my progress (and send some encouragement) on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mygreenside/.

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