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Join Plastic Free July 2020

Whether or not we are ready for it to be July (where has the year gone?!?!?). We welcome Plastic Free July with open arms! Having been in lockdown at home for the last few months it has given us a chance to really look at how we live and which direction we want the world to move in.

According to plasticoceans.org 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes. We are all familiar with single-use plastic around the home, at work, in local businesses and on the go. July gives us an opportunity to see how we can cut down on our use of single-plastic and make an impact on the amount produced for consumers like us.

More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. Although many plastics are now widely recycled, it is not enough at this time to turn the tide (pun intended) on the devastating effect it has on our oceans and sea life.

UAE organisations to reduce single-use plastics - DUBAI FORUM

A plastic bag has on average 15 minutes ‘working life’, so we need to really look at how we use plastic, and for how long we use it. If we forget our re-usable bag can we carry our items? Should we wait until we have a bag before we buy? Why did we forget to bring a bag – were we careless/could we be bothered? Or did we not expect to buy something?

Plastic Free July is here to give you the opportunity to analyse your plastic life. Using this resource you can decide which parts of your life you wish to rid single-use plastic – at work, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, on the go or helping your local business.

Plastic Free July participants have:

  • reduce their household waste and recycling by 23kg per person per year (almost 5%) 
  • contribute to a total saving of 825 million kg of plastic waste each year
  • 9 out of 10 people made changes that have become habits/ a way of life

Take the challenge and see if you can sign up for a day, a week, a month or try to cut out for the rest of time! If you wish you share any resources from PlasticFreeJuly.org we recommend this link to print, email or tweet information.

We will be sharing lots of tips and advice throughout July to help you on your way to a single-plastic free life. But for now check out our resources from last year:

Good luck, and let us know how you get on with the challenge!

Grace has quit the 9-5 lifestyle in London to study marine conservation in Thailand. She will subsequently work as a scuba diving instructor with emphasis on teaching students about marine conservation and anthropogenic impacts to our oceans. Her favourite eco product is Oliva Olive Oil Soap.

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