Plastic Free July is literally just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited. Wednesday marks the change of month and obviously, this year is a little different. COVID-19 is going to make things a little bit harder, but the most important thing is: is that we do what we can with what we’ve got.
So, what is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.Plastic Free July
In 2011, Plastic Free July was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz (the Plastic Free Foundation) and a small team in local government in Western Australia. Now over 250 million people in 177 countries have participated in the challenge.
How can you participate?
If you head over to their website and click ‘take the challenge’ you’ll be prompted to register. All you’ve got to do is fill out your name, email, address and tick a few boxes. It’s simple and easy to sign up. I’ve already signed up to the challenge. If you want to head straight to their sign up page, click here. I also recommend that you explore their website! They have heaps of information into how you can get started or further your low-waste/plastic-free journey.
Something else you can do is follow them on Instagram for more tips and tricks as well as inspiration!
Once you’ve signed up, the next step is to figure out how you can best reduce your plastic. This is where their website and Instagram comes in handy as well as low-waste/zero-waste/environmental influencers and bloggers on Instagram come in handy, such as Kate Nelson (@plasticfreemermaid).
I think it’s also important to understand why reducing our plastic intake is crucial to help our planet (and us). If you’re not sure where to get started, but have Netflix watch A Plastic Ocean. Researching information about plastic pollution is a great way to help you understand that change needs to happen. AND YOU CAN BE THAT CHANGE. I also have a blog post full of easy swaps to ease into a zero-waste/low-waste bathroom: 10 Simple Swaps for A Zero-Waste Bathroom.
Some more plastic-free swaps
Okay, I’m jumping back to the Plastic Free July website here. I’m going to link all their Getting Started and Next Step resources in case you’re interested in a particular swap. But like I said earlier, explore their website.
- Getting Started
- Next Steps
So, why not give Plastic Free July a go this year? It’s a great way to start and further your plastic journey with like-minded people and plenty of tips and available information. I’ll be doing it with you!
I’m planning on sharing a fortnightly or monthly recap of how I go this year. What would you prefer to see?
Also, let me know if you’re going to participate and give it a shot! I’ll be there cheering you on, and I’ll be more than happy to help you out (if needed)!