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Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it.
You can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse ALL single-use plastic, or try the Top 4 :
Join thousands of people from over 70 countries saying NO to single-use plastic every July.
Plastic is designed to last forever, yet every day we use it for disposable items which last a few minutes and throw away. Most is landfilled, some is recycled and some ends up in the environment. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes enter the oceans per year where it entangles and is ingested by wildlife. Every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere and in the first 10 years of this century there was already more plastic produced than the entire last century.
Every day we encounter single-use plastic: bags, water bottles, straws, food packaging & takeaway coffee lids. We can all take steps to avoid plastic becoming a problem. Remember your shopping bags and water bottles, refuse overpackaging (like those ridiculous bananas packaged in a polystyrene tray wrapped in clingfilm!), choose reusable alternatives and pick up plastic litter.
"Think about it...why would you make something that you are going to use for a few minutes out of a material that's basically going to last forever. What's up with that?" - Jeb Berrier, BagIt movie.