Plastic Free July
If you weren't already aware, it is Plastic Free July.
Creator of the movement, Plastic Free July, an independent not-for-profit charitable organization based in Australia, challenges you to refuse single-use plastics for the month (just one month—you can do it!).
Although the challenge lasts for only thirty-one days, the point is to bring awareness of how much plastics we use on a regular basis.
Being plastic free entails changing our behaviors and habits—e.g., refusing plastic shopping bags at checkout, bringing our own travel utensils, cups, mugs and straws (or just sipping from the cup).
While these are not difficult changes to make, we've gotten accustomed to using resources once and then throwing them "away," without questioning where that waste will go or what damage it will cause—and whether we really need to use these items in the first place.
During the summer months when more events are held outside, the use of single-use plastics increases exponentially. Use it once for that potato salad. Throw it in the trash. And then it chokes our waterways for hundreds of years. When you really stop to think about it, there's nothing summery or fun about that.
When you enjoy the long-days this summer, don't feel helpless to make a difference in the world. Remember that every little thing we each do has an accumulated affect on our environment.
So, challenge yourself to BYO_ (insert: Utensil, Cup, Mug, Straw, etc.) this month and let the positive impact add up. ♲