All you need to know to make #PlasticFreeJuly a success

The Problem With Plastics and Our Oceans

And how you can contribute to making it better.

Samiksha Rane
Jul 3, 2020 · 4 min read
The Plastic Problem — A documentary by PBS NewsHour Documentary

There are more microplastics in our oceans than there are stars in our galaxy — 500 times more.

We use tons of plastic. It is in everything, from packaging to foam cushions, to the dashboard of the car. An enormous amount of it ends up in the ocean. Plastic is made of toxic chemicals like phthalates (pronounced as thah-lates), flame retardants, bisphenol A (BPA). As the plastic breaks down more toxins adhere. Floating toxic microplastics are often ingested by marine life, which is then consumed by us.

  • 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean every year.
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Initiated in 2011 as a local initiative of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Western Australia, the Plastic Free July challenge rapidly grew into a global movement engaging over 250 million people in more than 175 countries around the world.

The goal is to challenge people to reduce single-use of plastics and to encourage sustainable habits every day.

Plastic Free Foundation provides resources and ideas to help people reduce single-use of plastic waste at home, work, school, events; for business, community and local governments.

What are the world leaders doing about it?

Launched in October 2018 with over 250 signatories, The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment now unites more than 400 organizations behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastics, in which plastics never become waste. They will work to eliminate the plastic items we don’t need; innovate so all plastics we do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything we use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.

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What can you do about it?

You can refuse to use single-use plastics in July and beyond.

  1. Audit your consumption
    Not just the days or weeks before July, any time of the year is the best time to audit your plastic consumption. Look at the items you regularly purchase. Look at the items around in your room, in your home, on your work desk. Look at the items that use the most plastics. Do a life cycle assessment of these items. Is there something that you can buy in bulk? Is there an alternative to those plastics?

Being a part of Plastic Free July you will find alternatives and practices that can become new habits forever.

Being green is more than just buying ‘eco’. It is an unshakable commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.

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Samiksha Rane

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Mastering the art of mastering life // Novice Writer | Sustainability Educator // Connect with me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/samiksharane

Climate Conscious

Building a collective vision for a better tomorrow

Samiksha Rane

Written by

Mastering the art of mastering life // Novice Writer | Sustainability Educator // Connect with me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/samiksharane

Climate Conscious

Building a collective vision for a better tomorrow

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