Plastic Free July – Will YOU take up the challenge? We have!

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 “Think about it, why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?

– Jeb Berrier (Bag It movie).

 

Initiated by Western Metropolitan Regional Council and developed by Earth Carers staff, Plastic Free July has been running since 2011.  The challenge, as the name suggests is quite simple: To attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July. Single use plastics include things such as plastic shopping bags, straws and plastic packaging.  Impacts from plastic severely impact upon our oceans and waterways.  Australians contribute 1 million tonnes of plastic to landfills every year.

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Taken from 5Gyres website

A plastic filled beach in Hawaii

 

 

Here are some facts taken from the Plastic Free July website that may make you think more seriously the next time you reach for that plastic bag:

  • Every piece of plastic ever produced still remains in the earth today! (Take one minute to think about that!)
  • From 1960-2000 over 1 billion tonnes of plastic was produced.  This figure has already doubled in the last 10 years
  • Worldwide in one week we use 10 billion plastic bags
  • In the USA an average of 2.5 million plastic bottles are used every hour
  • In the USA over 500 million plastic straws are used daily
  • In 2013 the UN and WHO reported that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a “global threat” that should be addressed
  • 80% of the oceans debris has come from the land
  • More than 270 of the worlds marine animal species are affected by marine debris
  • 5 of the top 10 marine debris items are associated with beverages
  • CSIROs national coastal debris survey estimates that there are 115,513,626 pieces of rubbish on Australia’s coastline.  This averages at 5.2 pieces for every person in the country.
  • 74% of all waste found is plastic

 

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Taken from 5Gyres website

 

This challenge whilst serious in nature is not a competition so why not sign up and give it your best shot? Your contribution no matter how big or small WILL make a difference.

The 72&Rising shop will be opening in July so if you are looking for some sustainable items (free even from plastic packaging) to replace some of those plastic ones, please head to the store on our website www.72andrising.com

Let us know in the comments or our Facebook page if you decide to take up the challenge. We have!

Good Luck!

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