Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July has grown from a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011, through to millions of participants across more than 200 countries worldwide today. It is an influential movement promoting awareness of plastic use by challenging participants to refuse single use plastics throughout the month of July (and ideally beyond). The aim is to create a cleaner world for generations to come.
To be part of the challenge, you are encouraged to:
- Avoid products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
- Reduce where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
- Refuse plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
- Recycle what cannot be avoided
A few years ago Plastic Free July was one of the major influences behind the blog project that was to become Daily Coconut Eco Store. Everything they stand for and everything they have already achieved so far in the global war on waste is truly inspirational.
Whether you’re participating in Plastic Free July this year, trying to embrace a more plastic free lifestyle on-going or already an avid plastic free consumer, we’re helping eco warriors get ready for a plastic free July by offering 10% off a range of amazing reusable products. This promotion will run throughout the month of June.
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We need to go zero waste and focus on sustainable, reusable, environmentally friendly products – before it is too late. It’s no secret that the earth is in trouble. Landfills are overflowing, our water systems are polluted, animal species are endangered and going extinct at an alarming rate, and we are finding toxic chemicals in our food and beauty products.
A major new study on 11 of the world’s biggest brands of bottled water has found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic – sometimes thousands of particles in one bottle. Some particles were wider than the width of a human hair. A major concern is that these particles can make their way across the gastrointestinal tract and be transmitted throughout the body.
Every bit of plastic ever made could technically still exist somewhere. That is an incredibly scary thought! Plastic cannot be eliminated from this planet. Even plastics that break-down still exist in the air or ground, even as the most minuscule particles possible. In the first 10 years of this century, the world economy produced more plastic than in the entire 1900’s.
We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. Packaging is the largest end use market segment accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage.Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute and has an average “working life” of just 15 minutes.