Plastic Free July is actually a real deal, and you too can be a part of the challenge of being plastic free for one day, one week, or (gasp!) all of July. The Challenge was created by an organization in Australia after mounting evidence that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Last month, I wrote about refusing disposable, plastic things such as straws and takeout containers. Now, I’m ready to take the challenge. It won’t be easy, but, like anything worthwhile, that’s how it begins.
If you’ve read some of my blogs, you know I have a toddler. I am convinced the disposables industry targets toddlers. There’s the juice pouches, the cheap plastic toys, and the individually wrapped snacks. Obviously I can’t explain to my son that this is materialism at its worst. Yet. However, we are giving plastic a time out in our house this month. My son understands time outs very well, and so I thought this was an appropriate way to teach him about plastic and how maybe it’s not so cool. Successes so far include: Juice pouches – time out. Let’s try the blender instead. Failures: not taking the plastic cup cover and straw at a restaurant and having soda spilled everywhere. We will bring our reusable drink containers next time!
Whether you have a small person at home or not, the Plastic Free July Challenge is a fun way to expand your horizons, think outside the plastic box, and keep plastic out of the ocean.