Want to Do Your Part to Reduce Plastic Waste? Check out the Plastic Free July Initiative!
The globe is in the midst of a plastic crisis. Every single year, people around the world produce 300 million tons of plastic waste. What’s worse, about 75% of all the plastic that has ever been produced - all the way back to the 1930s - is now in a landfill or littering our environment, and it won’t decompose for another thousand years. It’s scary to think about, but there are ways to make a difference. The Plastic Free July event by the Plastic Free Foundation is just one of those awesome opportunities.
What is Plastic Free July?
While it’s true that you can’t save the world all by yourself, if we all come together, we can make things better for the generations after us. Plastic Free July is an event that’s intended to help bring awareness to the plastic pollution crisis and show people that they can make a difference when they work together. The main event is the Plastic Free July Challenge in which people all over the world refuse to accept or use single-use plastics for the entire month of July.
This annual event is just one part of an ongoing effort to clean up the environment. Throughout the year, you can visit the foundation’s website to learn more about current plastic-related issues around the globe, find some other fun challenges and ways to get involved, and even find out how to host a public event of your own.
Does Plastic Free July Make a Difference?
The Plastic Free Foundation has published an Impact Report for every single year they’ve hosted the Plastic Free July event. Each year, the support grows stronger, and more people participate. During the 2021 challenge, there were more than 140 million participants! Together, they refused 301 million everyday items made from plastic and prevented a whopping 2.1 million tons of plastic waste from finding its way into landfills. That’s quite an accomplishment, and it all starts with people just like you. Be sure to check the foundation’s website later in the year to see the results of their 2022 Plastic Free July challenge!
Tips for Reducing Your Dependence on Plastic
You use plastic every single day and in every part of your life. From the life-saving equipment in hospitals to the shoes on your feet, plastic makes your life simpler, more convenient, and safer. The problem is that there is far too much plastic. There’s too much being produced, too much in landfills, and too much littering the roadways, rivers, and oceans. If you want to do your part to help reduce plastic pollution, you can:
You can’t fix the plastic crisis on your own, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from making an effort. When people come together, there’s no limit to what they can accomplish. If you want to do more but you aren’t sure where to start, you can donate to the Plastic Free Foundation to help them reach more people in more places, or you can check out other organizations like Plastic Oceans™, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), and Greenpeace.