WHY PLASTIC FREE JULY IS THE PERFECT TIME TO CONVINCE YOUR FRIENDS TO LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY
If your social media timeline is anything like mine, then it can't have escaped your notice that we are now less than a week away from Plastic Free July!
Plastic Free July is an annual 'call to arms' in the fight against single use plastic that began with just a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011, and now has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide.
And this year looks set to be bigger than ever!
With plastics being such big news at the moment, it's safe to say that public awareness of the issue of plastic pollution has never been higher.
This increased awareness of the problems that single use plastic is creating is inevitably leading to more people looking for re-usable alternatives and to take action. Which is FABULOUS news - not only only on the plastic front, but on the wider sustainable living front too - raising awareness around plastics starts people off on the first step of their sustainable living journeys. Once we start making changes in one area of our lives, and realise just how empowering it can be to take responsibility for ensuring that our actions don't have a negative impact on the world around us, we start looking for other ways to make a difference too.
Which is why I think that Plastic Free July is the perfect time to convince your friends to live more sustainably - starting with single use plastics!
Plastic is all around us, there is no escape from it.
And that's not to say that all plastic is bad plastic, far from it - what we want to work on is our addiction to single use plastics and the convenience that they bring with them.
Plastic Free July is a great time to look not only at our own single use plastic habit, but also to gently encourage family and friends to start delving into their own rubbish bins too!
Here are some ways to get your friends on board, without becoming 'that person' that they start avoiding you in the street, or horror of horrors, 'unfriend' on Facebook:
1. Share Plastic Free July on social media
Let people know what it's all about, and the challenge you are setting yourself. Then invite them to join in and comment on your post with the actions that they might be tempted to try.
2. Talk about Plastic Free July at work
If someone comments on your re-usable mug, or your beeswax wraps on your sandwiches, this is a great 'in' to tell them about the changes you're making, and to talk about Plastic Free July.
3. Host a Plastic Free picnic or BBQ
Invite friends for a picnic and set them the challenge of making it plastic free! Tell them about Plastic Free July and why you're doing it, and then help them out by suggesting some alternatives that they can use instead of their usual clingfilm wrapped sarnies, packets of crisps and fruit shoots.
4. Hold a litter pick
Arrange to meet your friends and their families at the park/beach/wood armed with rubber (re-usable!) gloves and bin bags, and simply see how much rubbish you can all collect in half an hour.
Before retiring to the local coffee shop for a plastic free reward.
Talk to people during the event about Plastic Free July, and the simple changes we can all make.
5. Invite them to join in with my Single Use Plastics Challenge!
This year for Plastic Free July I'm issuing a challenge (with a bucketload of support and resources to help!)
Even as someone who has been working on their single use plastic use for some time now, I find the thought of a 'plastic free' challenge daunting. To me it's a journey towards plastic free. And to go plastic free, even for a week (or actually a day!) would require an awful lot of prep - it's not something I feel that we can suddenly dive into.
So what I'd like to invite you all to do is to challenge yourself to take concerted action on single use plastics for either 7, 14 or 30 days during July.
And to make it easy peasy lemon squeezy I'll be by your side with daily e-mail tips, and a private FB group for support.
1. Pick your challenge below and sign up!
"I pledge to take action on single use plastics for..."
2. Check your e-mail for confirmation and for how to join the FB group.
3. Join the #supschallenge (single use plastics) Facebook group.
4. Tell all your friends and invite them to join!
5. Look out for daily tips, suggestions and hacks from me in your in-box (unfortunately not via paper aeroplane, although how cool would that be?)
6. At the end of each week take a picture of the plastic waste hitting your bin, share it in the FB group and I'll help you with suggestions for alternatives, and/or how to recycle what's in there.
Come and join us taking action on single-use plastics in July and start or continue your journey towards a plastic free life and a healthier planet!
COME AND JOIN US TAKING ACTION ON SINGLE-USE PLASTICS IN JULY, AND START OR CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS A PLASTIC FREE LIFE AND A HEALTHIER PLANET!
7 DAY CHALLENGE
14 DAY CHALLENGE
30 DAY CHALLENGE