WHAT is Plastic-free July?
The Plastic Free July Foundation’s mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. Their vision is a world without plastic waste. Over 2 million people from 159 countries are choosing to be part of our annual Plastic Free July challenge, reducing their consumption of single-use plastics in July and beyond.
WHY should we have a go?
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans and at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the seas in 2050. In other words, we will (or are we already) consume fish that feed themselves on micro-plastic. The material is known to contain toxic chemicals that leach out of plastic. They are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.
It is not biodegradable if it is, it takes hundreds of years.
The list goes on. Here why a few why you just cannot fail at Plastic-free July. Every little helps.