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Are you joining Plastic Free July?

Are you joining Plastic Free July- - Green Indy Blog

In case you didn’t realize, we’re almost halfway through 2017. (No, this is not going to be a where did the time go post, even though – seriously – where did the time go?) That means it’s almost July and the start of Plastic Free July.

Plastic Free July is a simple campaign which “aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year. It’s focus is on creating awareness of the issues surrounding plastic, particularly single-use, providing alternatives and solutions, and encouraging new habits.”

So while Plastic Free July isn’t advocating for a total zero waste lifestyle, it does attempt to tackle arguably zero waste’s biggest issue: plastic.

Instead of plastic straws, try metal* or glass options! What about always tossing a reusable cup* into your bag?

Sounds awesome, right?

How to participate in plastic free july

  1. Sign up on the site to be counted in the official Plastic Free July numbers.
  2. Take a quiz to help you find out what types of plastics are your enemy (and what to avoid during July)
  3. Decide on specific actions you can take during Plastic Free July to reduce your waste. (Tons of ideas below!)
  4. Spread the word! Share with friends, families, and complete strangers whenever possible!
  5. Share your success online to spread the message even more!

I’ll be participating all month which I’ll recap here on the blog as well as on Instagram. Be sure to follow me there where I’ll be showing off my tips on avoid plastic, wins, losses, and everything in between!

(PS. If you’re Indy-specific, please tag any photos you share on social media with the hashtag #plasticfreeindy!)

resources to help you go plastic free during july

Will you be participating in Plastic Free July? What would you like to focus on reducing? What are the challenges you anticipate?

5 thoughts on “Are you joining Plastic Free July?”

  1. This is awesome – what a great way to learn more about plastics to avoid and what can’t be recycled. I don’t think we’ll be able to fully get to zero, but at least we can eliminate all our single use items!

    1. Awesome! Single-use items are probably the biggest hurdle (just because they’re so pervasive/make life easy) so that’s a giant step! Good luck!

  2. This is my first time participating in plastic-free July and I quite stoked about it!
    This month I hope to be able to cut down on a significant amount of all the unnecessary stuff that I get from grocery stores (it’s free junk food so my brain thinks I need to drive 30 minutes to the other town to get it because I “need it right now”). It’s just a waste of time and energy and most of that stuff comes so heavily packaged and I don’t even need any of it. Refraining from the grocery stores is definitely going to be my number one difficulty but if I succeed my plastic usage will be greatly reduced!

    1. Oh man, I really feel you on that! I find the more I go out, the more I’m tempted to buy unnecessary stuff! Good on you for figuring out that connection and avoiding the plastic temptation!

      Good luck on plastic free July and let me know how it goes!

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