There are amazing campaigns, initiatives and charities you can join, such as giving up single use plastic for a few weeks, giving up plastic straws for good, taking part in beach clean ups, signing petitions, spreading the word and making donations. Choose something you can manage and fully support and you will be making a difference straight away.
Plastic Free July 2017
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. The challenge is quite simple…attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. 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: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws. Alone we are a drop, together an ocean! Sign up yourself, your business, group or school. During July they will send out a weekly email with tips and ideas to help you on your journey. There are also plenty of ideas here in the meantime.
OneLessStraw is a campaign by One More Generation (OMG), a nonprofit organization founded by Carter and Olivia Ries back in 2009 when they were 8 and 7 years old. Plastic straws, (like single use plastic bags) are one of those items that most of us can absolutely live without.
Sign the OneLessStraw pledge today
Great British Beach Clean
The UK’s biggest beach clean and survey – the Great British Beach Clean. You can take part in events or organise one of your own – it’s easy. The dates for next year’s event are 15th-18th September 2017.
Take the 4Rs pledge
The Plastic Pollution Coalition mission is to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, and the environment. Founded in 2009, they aim to empower more people and organizations to take action to stop plastic pollution and to live plastic-free. Take the 4Rs pledge:
- REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible. Choose items that are not packaged in plastic, and carry your own bags, containers and utensils. Say ‘no straw, please.’
- REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.
- REDUCE your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don’t buy it.
- RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.
Two week no-plastic pledge
Plastic Paradise produced a multi award winning documentary in 2013. “Shifting our behavior can start with you! Every day we vote with our wallets and the choices we make in how we live. It may take a bit of getting used to, which is why we say to start small. Take our 2 week pledge to become aware of just how much single-use plastic surrounds us on a daily basis. Ideally you will extend this pledge beyond two weeks, but It all starts with baby steps and progress toward changes.”
Take the two week no-plastic pledge