Today marks the first day of Plastic Free July, a global movement that encourages people around the world to ditch the single-use plastics for a month in efforts to curb plastic pollution. We often do not think twice about the purchases we make on a daily basis, from our morning coffees to go, our takeout lunch orders, to the quick stop at the local drug store to grab a water bottle or that delicious Takis snack.
Plastic is everywhere you turn – in our stores, on our streets, in landfills, in oceans,on our plates and in our water bottles (yes, it is in our food and water)! Plastic doesn’t just disappear – it just breaks down into tiny, microscopic particles called microplastics that “disappear” into water and soil that inevitably make their ways up the food chain!
This month, I encourage all of you to take part in this challenge and think about one item you purchase that is a single-use plastic: is it your morning coffee? Is it a water bottle? Is it a drink at a restaurant that comes with a plastic straw? Is it a plastic bag you accept when you go grocery shopping?
Approximately how many of these items do you use in a month, in a year? It adds up! Try to give up at least one of these items and make a conscious effort to BYOB/BYOC (bring your own bottle/bring your own container). You’ll be helping the environment (and your wallet).
Hope you’ll join me in #PlasticFreeJuly!