Of course every month is plastic free for me but plastic free July is a time to make a bit of extra effort, promote projects, look at my bin and join with other people all over the world who are taking this time to rethink their relationship with plastic.
In this post you can read about, and find links to more information on….
- Plastic Free July
- My Pledges
- A Day By Day Update – you can see how I am doing right here
- What’s In The Bin my plastic rubbish as I make it!
- Plastic-free July U.K. keeping in touch
#pfjuk and the Plastic Is Rubbish Support Group
- Plastic-free July U.K. Buddies
Keep calling back for updates…..
What is Plastic Free July
The aim is to cut your consumption of one use plastic, for one month – July. If that sounds a bit much bear in mind that definitions of one use plastic can vary. And how much you choose to cut is up to you.
You can take this opportunity to tackle one item. Maybe get your self a milkman, buy (or make) some produce bags for loose veges or get a refillable water bottle.
You don’t have to do it all at once!
The plastic you loose is more important than the plastic you use!
A bit of history
Plastic Free July started in 2011. It is an initiative of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) in Perth, Western Australia and was developed by clever Earth Carers staff. In 2012 Plastic Free July expanded across Perth and in 2013 it went global. They have a great website and are all round good eggs.
My Plastic Free July
Because I have been doing it for so long I try to cut all plastic including glass with plastic lined metal lids. Yup – hardcore. See my pledges and get regular updates on how I am doing here
Keeping in Touch
Keep up with the project via the Twitter and the
Last year we used the twitter hashtag #pfjuk for British related posts. Mainly because it got very dispiriting to hear of a fantastic bulk food store only to find it was based in Sydney.
And do check out the Plastic Is Rubbish Support Group where people share plastic free tips.
2016 U.K. Participants
It’s really important to link up with U.K. based plastivists who will be sharing throughout the month. While some solutions like solid shampoo from Lush can be accessed UK wide, many are local. If you are tweeting or writing this month get on the list….
Contact me if you want to be included. Tweet me @h e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
So far we have have
Libby Darling – “I run a beaching cleaning group and local eco/education Charity here in Rottingdean, just outside of Brighton, I have recently led a plastic free challenge in May & June to my local schools etc and it’s on going!
It’s not easy but it’s worth every moment!”
Fiona Hancox – no details as yet but on board!
- Author and TV presenter @nataliefee has joined the #pfjuk campaign and is spreading the word in Bristol and beyond! She is also the latest plastivist to join thePlastic Free U.K. Directory.
- Ethical Superstore
@ethicalstore are also promoting the campaign
- Bristol and its Michelle author of the great blog Plastic A Lot Less and @
- Pip- squeaking
@Pip_Squeaking of arefugefordaffodils.wordpress.com is up for it
- Cornwall Emma blogging as mommy emu (tweet to @mommyemu). Go girl!
- Brighton Meanwhile Zoe of Ecothrifty (tweet to @Ecothrifty ) is digging out last years list.
- Oxford @RinaM69 from @SESIOxford the great Oxford refill store will be tweeting.
- @AnnaPitt (giving up plastic for a year)
- Sea No Plastic @Oceanwarrior on here on holiday but still giving up
- Jen @choose_to_reuse
- Westy will be cheering and might write a post which will be worth reading as she tackles plastic on a regular basis over at Westy Writes
2014 see here
Plasticfree U.K. Directory
I am putting together a directory of plastic less resources. The aim is to share resources. If you are a UK based plasticless business, organisation or blogger and you want to be in the P-f U.K. directory please send a brief write up. Guidelines here.
Plastic Is Rubbish Support Group
This year I set up a Plastic Is Rubbish facebook group where people share plastic free tips. It’s a great resource.
More Resources & Info
Loads of plastic free products here… A to Z of plastic free products
And see all our past posts here
I am proof that you can do this anywhere no matter the constraints
2014 I did it while travelling in a van. Here is how I did.
2015 I did it with a backpack check out Plastic free Mongolia