Friday marks the beginning of Plastic Free July, a global campaign that encourages us
all to look at ways of reducing our plastic usage and make small changes which can
collectively make a massive di erence to our communities. Did you know that eight
million pieces of plastic find their way into our oceans EVERY DAY?
We would encourage everyone to look at the website www.plasticfreejuly.org for ideas of
actions you might like to take for your own personal journey to living with less plastic.
You can also pledge to avoid single-use plastic packaging, target takeaway items (bags,
bottles, straws and cups) or “go completely plastic free” for the month, a week or even
just a single day.
My personal challenge for Plastic Free July will be to try to eliminate single-use
packaging for a day, and if that goes well, increase it to a week. There are four of us at
home including two under five, with one in nappies. Thankfully, I’m already using cloth
nappies and wipes for my one year old, but I believe the biggest challenge will be on the
food packaging side. Watch this space for a quick update on how I get on at the end of
the month! Rhian Parsons