If you’ve been looking for a way to test drive plastic reduction in your life, the “Plastic Free July” campaign is an excellent way to do it. This annual event is held every July, and has been for the last 10 years.
250 million people from 177 different countries are participating in this effort. According to surveys, people who participate reduce their plastic waste by about 5%, and often keep these habits long term.
If you have been looking for a way to experiment with quitting plastic, participating in Plastic Free July is the way to go.
The problem with plastic
Plastic became popular because it is cheap, durable, and light weight. The problem is unfortunately, is that it is too durable. Humans have had trash for millenia, but our trash rarely sticks around for centuries.
Plastic can take hundreds of years to decompose, and some may never fully do so. To put it in perspective, if Marie Antoinette had used plastic tampons, her tampons would still be here today.
Plastic is extremely useful, and in some situations are necessary. That being said, you probably don’t want your legacy to your descendants 4 centuries from now being a 10 ton pile of invincible trash.
This means cutting plastic out of your life where ever possible, and Plastic Free July is the opportunity for that.
Take the pledge
Visit the Plastic Free July website and take the pledge. You can sign up for a day of no plastic, a week, two weeks, or the whole month. If you can’t give up plastic entirely, you can sign up for reduced plastic.
Then, come back to Rinexii this month for lots of plastic waste reducing ideas. We have reviews of plastic products, interviews with waste cutting companies, and much more this month!