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Small changes, big impacts: Together let’s reduce plastic waste this #PlasticFreeJuly

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Plastic waste has become a pressing global concern but each of us has the power make a positive impact

Plastic pollution is a major environmental problem with around 12 million tonnes ending up in our oceans. What’s more, plastic production relies on fossil fuels, which when burned for energy further contributes to global warming.

The good news is that we all hold the key to change things for the better and make a sizeable impact on plastic pollution.

While it may sometimes seem like this is an issue that can’t be fixed by the everyday citizen, you would be surprised the impact you could have just by making a few small changes.

So let’s join forces this #PlasticFreeJuly to tackle plastic pollution and reduce waste in our own local environments!

Here are just a few examples to get you started.

1. Say No to Disposables

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Let’s switch to reusable things like shopping bags, cutlery, and straws where possible instead of using them once and throwing them away. And why not get yourself a cool water bottle or coffee cup that you can use again and again. By making these simple changes, we can reduce plastic waste and make a positive difference.


2. Borrow from Friends


Try borrowing or sharing with others before buying things you may only need occasionally. Borrowing books from libraries, tools from neighbours, or toys from friends is a great way to get what you need without adding to the plastic problem.


3. Choose Eco-Friendly Packaging

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When you go shopping, look for products with packaging made from recycled or recyclable materials. Check out companies like 2022 Earthshot Prize Winners Notpla, who make plastic-alternative packaging made from seaweed! You can also opt for refillable food containers and zero-waste household items like laundry detergent.


4. Repair and Reuse

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 Give your old things a new life, it’s amazing what you can do with used plastic items – get creative! You could turn old containers into handy storage solutions or transform plastic bottles into colourful planters for the garden. By repurposing plastics, we can make them last longer and help reduce waste.


5. Embrace Second-Hand

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Fast fashion – cheap, rapidly produced clothing – creates a lot of plastic waste. So, whenever you can, try buying pre-owned items. Check out second-hand stores, online marketplaces, and community swap events. You’ll find unique and affordable treasures while also supporting sustainable and ethical fashion choices. It’s a win-win for the environment and your wallet!


6. Be a Change Advocate

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We all have the power to make a difference as individuals! Encourage your local supermarkets, restaurants, and suppliers to use less plastic. Politely ask them to ditch plastic packaging, cutlery, and straws and explain why it’s important to you. You can also sign petitions and write letters to local authorities, asking them to improve waste management practices. Together, we can create a plastic-free future!

So, let's Build a Waste Free World together

By following these simple tips, we can all do our part in reducing plastic waste. Remember, small actions can make a big impact. So let’s embrace #PlasticFreeJuly and continue our commitment to a cleaner and healthier planet.

Find out more about the plastics you can reduce, reuse or refuse on the Plastic Free July website and check out our incredible Finalists working to create a truly waste-free world.

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