10% of the world’s ocean is plastic and Australia produces so much we have to ship it to other countries to get rid of. Can you go plastic free for July?
Can You Be Part Of the Solution?
It can be difficult to absorb the amount of information we are constantly bombarded with each day. Go vegetarian! Use a keep cup! Don’t fly or drive anywhere, you must use public transport! It can all be a bit too much. Information overload is a very real thing and it can be the reason some people choose to block it all out. But what if this July, you choose to just implement one thing. Reducing (or ideally, completely eliminating) plastic from your life. It might seem like a daunting task to take on but take it one day at a time and you might just surprise yourself.
Since the 1950’s around 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced worldwide
73% of all beach litter is plastic. The litter includes filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and polystyrene containers.
Every minute around two million plastic bags are used globally
Every year more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals are killed by plastic
One disposable nappy can take between 250-500 years to decompose in landfills
How To Tackle Plastic Free July:
Items you can eliminate quite easily are: plastic straws and utensils from take away restaurants, disposable coffee cups, single use plastic bottles and bags. There are some items you might struggle to eliminate, for example the packaging that food items come with. Unless you live near a bulk foods store you might find it difficult to purchase package free pasta or rice. Instead of feeling defeated, take this as a challenge! What can you make that doesn’t come wrapped in plastic? *Hint* the answer is fresh food! You might just find by the end of the month you’re eating a healthier, less processed diet. Some easy switches to make are: find a reusable water bottle, say no to plastic knives and forks at take away restaurants or bring your own container! If you are serious about reducing your consumption of plastic then start this July, eliminate all the single use plastic from your life that you can and feel good about your decision, the planet will thank you!
What do you think LiveTribers? Are you going to take on plastic free July?