Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans? According to the Plastic Free July Foundation, 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans every year. Just take a moment to let that sink in. They have a plan for helping us commit to reducing that number.
About half of all plastic produced is for single-use or disposable items such as packaging. July may be half over, but it’s not too late to “choose to refuse” single-use plastic this month. Sign up for the Plastic Free July challenge and then make a commitment to try it all year long! When you sign-up this month, you’ll be joining over 2 million people from 150 countries in making a difference. The Plastic Free site has lots of tips for living plastic-free and helping to spread the word.
Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free July Foundation, Rebecca Prince Ruiz said, “Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today. Plastic, particularly single-use plastic or ‘throw-away’ plastic items, are not getting recycled effectively and are having a detrimental impact on our environment.”
By bringing your own reusable shopping bags, remembering reusable coffee cups and water bottles, and avoiding pre-packaged fruit and vegetables, you can help make a difference. What are you waiting for? Start saying “no” to single-use plastic today.