Looking for tips to reduce your plastic waste? Here are 7 really easy ways you can help make a difference to the plastic problem
Did you know that every year we throw away enough plastic to circle the Earth four times?
Plastic is so useful, versatile and easy to produce that 300 million tonnes of plastic are sold each year and we throw away 90% of it.
What was once the solution to preserving natural resources is now a big problem for the planet.
Plastic isn’t biodegradable and we don’t have an effective way to get rid of it responsibly, which is why reducing our own plastic consumption has to be part of the solution.
Does refusing and reducing plastic actually make a difference?
Plastic Free July estimate that the 120 million people who take part in plastic-free July contribute to a total saving of 490 million kg of plastic waste each year.
Not sure where to start when it comes to going plastic-free?
Here are 7 super easy ways to show your support for the plastic-free movement.
1. Commit to it
Start by committing to reducing your plastic use.
Simply visit the Plastic Free July website and pledge your commitment to go plastic-free.
2. Change your mindset
Plastic pollution can seem like a problem too big to take on, but the good news is every little thing we do helps.
People who participate in plastic-free July reduce their household waste on average by 76kg per year.
Get started now and swap these 12 plastic products for plastic-free alternatives today.
3. Tell people about it
This one is simple, educate others, especially future generations.
Explain the importance of choosing sustainable products, of embracing reusable items and avoiding pointless packaging and single-use plastics.
Share plastic-free alternative or sustainable solution on social media and support companies that actively minimise their impact on the environment.
4. Support charities
One of the bigger problems plastic waste is creating is happening in our oceans.
Scientists estimate that there are five trillion pieces of plastic in the world's oceans and predict that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050.
4Ocean is a global movement actively removing trash (and thus plastic) from our oceans.
Purchasing a 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean. So far 4Oceans have pulled 5,018,120 pounds of trash from the ocean.
5. Join clean-up crews
Supporting initiatives like Clean Up Australia Day help make a direct impact on plastic waste around Australia and help uncover the plastic problems that need addressing locally.
6. Consider your environmental footprint
When we think of plastic waste we often forget about the wasted emissions created during the manufacturing process.
Currently, the amount of carbon in our atmosphere is too high and the creation of single-use plastics contribute to this.
Finding ways to offset and reduce our emissions is really important.
Choosing products that don't need replacing often reduces waste and reduces emissions, plus, some companies actively offset their production emissions.
Bu supporting companies that take responsibility, more will follow suit.
7. Start small
If you’re beginning your plastic-free journey don’t start too big - going plastic-free is harder than you might think.
The idea behind plastic-free July is to change habits for good, so don’t get overwhelmed, start small by refusing single-use plastic first.
Are you taking part in Plastic Free July? Share your plastic-free experience in the comments.
Editor's note: this post was updated 6 July 2020