If you want to reduce the amount of plastic you use, July is the month for it. Plastic Free July started 6 years ago in Perth and has spread across the globe. Many groups and individuals have challenges and courses for Plastic Free July and this post is a roundup of them.
Sign up for all of them, sign up for one. It is up to you. The most important thing to remember is that no one expects perfection. It is hard giving up plastic when it surrounds us daily. If you can make a little move in the plastic free direction it is better than doing nothing. And if millions of us make a little change, that will turn it into a big change.
If you are running a challenge and you would like to be added to the list there is a contact form at the end of the post.
The Original Plastic Free Challenge
You can register for the Plastic Free Challenge here http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/register.html
They ask people to pledge to make changes for a day, a week, the month or from now on. You can choose your goals:
- Avoid single-use plastic packaging
- Target takeaway items (the Top 4: bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)
- Go completely plastic-free
Can you go a month without plastic? Marine Conservation Society
“Sign up to receive hints, tips and challenges throughout the month. No spam, just plastic-free living.”
Plastic Free July Challenge – Our Positive Planet
“Wanting to reduce your plastic use but not sure where to start? Confused about all the information out there around plastic use? Sign up to receive weekly tips on how to reduce your plastic consumption.”
Single Uses Plastics Challenge with Jen Gale
“The single use plastics challenge is a FREE simple challenge to encourage as many people as possible to take action on single use plastics during Plastic Free July.”
“Pledge to take one action to reduce your use of single use plastic every single day, for either 7, 14, or 30 days in a row. You make your ‘pledge’, sign up and then get daily e-mails from me (for 7, 14 or 30 days!) with tips, swaps and hacks to help you reduce the amount of single use plastic you’re sending to landfill.”
Ocean Film Festival Plastic Free July Challenge
“Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging…basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 5 challenge (plastic bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups, straws and plastic food wrapping).
I’m running a course instead of a challenge. It was written with Claire Lyons from www.thefrugalfamily.co.uk and you can join in for daily inspirations, tutorials, recipes and ideas for alternatives that literally will not cost the earth. Each weekday will come with a gorgeous PDF you can print out and keep or store for later. We have a dedicated Facebook group too, but only for people who get the emails.
You won’t need any special equipment to take part because the course is full of ideas that use what most of us have around the house. You can try out everything or dip in and out and use what you like. If you find just one way to reduce your plastic that will go a long way to helping our wonderful planet.
The course is totally free. You won’t be signed up to any other mailing lists and your details won’t be given to any advertisers.
“The challenge could make a HUGE impact even if only a single person comes away with strategies to go plastic-free!” ! www.freshlifestyle.eu
On Facebook, Sarah from Rhubarb and Runner Beans says
“I’m going to be posting a plastic free tip every day in July on my FB page. Plus I’m going to challenge myself to make 5 days worth of plastic-free meals, you are welcome to join me on this challenge. ”
Are you running a Plastic Free Challenge this year? Let me know about it and I’ll add you to the list.