take the plastic-free challenge!
All Our Energy (http://allourenergy.org)- is a Long Island, NY -based environmental protection non profit that informs and includes the public to solve the environmental issues of our time.
Joining the challenge is quite simple…choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. You’ll join millions of people from 159 countries world-wide in making a difference.
During Plastic Free July I will:
- Avoid single-use plastic packaging, or
- Target takeaway items (the Top 4: utensils/plastic cups, straws, bottles, and bags ), or
- Go completely plastic-free
Join us as we highlight those top items, one per week for the month. Each Thursday will be the united day to raise awareness and make sure to avoid the item of the week:
July 1-7: Plastic Cups and Utensils Week: Thursday July 4: Plastic Cup and Utensil-Free Day.
July 8-14: Plastic Straws Week: Thursday July 11: Plastic Straw-Free Day
July 15-21: Plastic Bottles Week: Thursday July 18: Plastic Bottle-Free Day
July 22-28 Plastic Bags Week: Thursday July 25: Plastic Bag-Free Day
I’m doing Plastic Free July for:
- 1 Day
- 1 Week
- ALL of July
- From now on
The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.These plastics:
- break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
- are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
- ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
- end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more pounds of plastic than pounds of fish by 2050
- transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
- increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels
Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900’s!
Many of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packaged fruit and veg, picking up other people’s litter, and avoiding buying bottled water.
Choosing to be part of the solution, you can act by:
- Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
- Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
- Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
- Recycling what cannot be avoided
Are you in for the Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge?