The month of July is here and all the rage is the Plastic Free July challenge. The challenge has been around for quite some time but because of the continuous news of coral reefs dying and tons of species becoming extinct, it has been gaining a lot of traffic.
Plastic is nothing new and we are all pretty accustomed to carrying our groceries in plastic bags, food wrapped in plastic to increase shelf life, stationary in plastic, almost everything that could be used comes in plastic. And this plastic has quickly become the reason for problems that didn’t even exist before. It is high time to understand, learn and work for a sustainable and better future before we have none.
The challenge started in 2011 as an office initiative by the WMRC Earth Carers in Perth, Australia and is now spreading around the world. Today, as the non-profit Plastic Free Foundation, they invite people to participate in this movement and to take up the challenge. Let’s challenge our habits, the plastic wave, the route of the world.
Aspasia Provou has decided to take up the challenge as the Plastic Free July campaign raises awareness on the growing plastic waste problem and on the consumption of single-use (disposable) plastic. This particular problem is giving rise to numerous other problems like decrease in marine life, soil pollution, health issues and much more. The challenge is necessary because it challenges our lifestyle, which is not sustainable. We can live without a disposable cup of coffee everyday, we can live without disposable take-aways, we can live without the straw in our drinks. We can live without Single-Use Plastic.
It is not about revolution, it is about evolution.
Join me on this challenge, because it will definitely be interesting and- a challenge.
Things that can make life easier, sustainable and clutter free:
- Reusable cup
- Reusable water bottle
- Reusable straw
- Reusable shopping bag
- Reusable containers for take-out
- Home-made cleaning products
- Home-made hygiene products
- Reusable cleaning cloths
- Natural rubber gloves
- Bar soap with minimum packaging
- Stainless steel razor
- Coconut oil
- Menstrual cup
- Reusable wrappers/Beeswax wrappers