6 REASONS TO TAKE ACTION ON PLASTIC POLLUTION NOW!
The "Blue Planet effect", kicked off by the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough, has seen plastic pollution thrust very firmly into the spotlight, and has raised awareness across the board of the extent of the issue and the urgent need for action.
I challenge anyone who watched the episode with the dead baby whale in it not to have been moved and horrified by the effects that our single use plastic addiction is having on our oceans and our wildlife.
But unfortunately, with the worst effects of plastic pollution being seen on sea beds, in far off oceans, or in distant lands we call 'away', it can be all too easy for everyday life to take over, to quickly forget and shock and horror, and to never actually make the easy simple switches that really could make a big difference.
That's why I've created the a free 7 day "Plastic-free(ish) in a week" pledge - to gently prod/nudge you from slightly guilty feeling observer, to David Attenborough style plastic pollution avenger, all from the comfort of your home one baby step at a time.
Here's 7 reason to take the pledge!
1. YOU'LL ACTUALLY TAKE ACTION INSTEAD OF JUST SITTING AND FEELING GUILTY
We all know really that we should be swapping out single use plastic for re-usable versions. But life is busy, and the convenience of stuff we can just throwaway after we've used it is just so damn, well...convenient.
Creating new habits is hard work. Re-training ourselves to remember our water bottles/coffee cups/shopping bags doesn't always happen overnight.
When you join the challenge you'll get daily e-mails from me with ideas for swaps, prompts, and hacks for helping you to create a 'new normal' with your re-usables.
2. YOU GET TO SKIP A LOT OF THE TRIAL AND ERROR
I've spent countless hours researching different alternatives, and trying out various re-usables, which means that you don't have to!
Where there are different options, I can summarise for you the pros and cons, and show you the 'green, greener, greenest' solutions.
3. YOU GET TO SEE THE IMPACT OF YOUR ACTIONS STRAIGHTAWAY
Part of the challenge is encouraging you to take a picture of your single use plastics at the end of each week. If you choose to sign up to the 14 or 30 day challenges and take a picture each week, you should see the amount of single use plastic you're throwing away dramatically reduce in that time (providing you're taking action!).
4. IT'S MORE FUN DOING IT TOGETHER!
Let's face it, sometimes being the one making sustainable changes, or who bangs on about plastics, can be a little lonely. It's easy to feel like you're the only one who cares and is making an effort. And it can be de-moralsing to see friends and neighbours skipping merrily along with their single use plastics whilst you're doing the best you can to make better choices.
That's where the Facebook group comes in - when you sign up for the challenge you get access to our #supschallenge private group where you can meet the other David Attenborough-esque heroes and heroines taking part, ask questions and generally feel part of a very cool gang doing a very wonderful thing!
5. YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO PLASTIC-FREE!
I don't know about you but while I love the idea of plastic free living the reality is somewhat different and feels somehow un-reachable, even for someone who has already made a lot of changes.
I'm always really excited at the idea of trying a plastic-free week, only to give up in the first few hours when I realise just how hard it is.
That's why this challenge isn't about asking you to give up plastic. Or even give up single use plastic. At least not straightaway! This is all about getting you started and moving along the road to plastic free. Getting you taking action, one baby step at a time.
6. YOU GET TO BE LIKE DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Who wouldn't want to be like David Attenborough? The man is a legend.
My eldest once wrote to him inviting him round for tea, and received a hand-written reply. He said "No", but it was a very lovely and personal "No"!
Sadly we can't all have the kind of influence that the great man has. BUT we can still create very meaningful and powerful change.
By refusing single use plastics and making better choices, we are telling the world that we want something different. That we don't want our oceans to be clogged with plastic. That we don't want birds dying with stomachs full of the stuff. That we don't want kids in developing countries to be wading knee deep through it.
Our choices matter. YOUR choices matter.
So choose to join us, and get support, accountability, and a good old fashioned kick up the butt, to take action on single use plastics!
Will you come and join us - this really is a case of the more the merrier, and the bigger impact we will have!
There's a great big sign up box at the bottom of this page - get signed up 🙂
It costs you NOTHING, and I guarantee you will feel better about yourself, and your impact on people and planet by the end of it (and there's not many things you can say that about!)
Comment below if you're signing up, or if you've got any questions!