Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. Half of plastic is used once and then thrown away, and only 5-10% of plastic is recovered through recycling. Plastic is piling up everywhere – in our landfills, in our waterways and oceans, even in our bodies.
There is something we can do. There is a global movement to raise awareness about the problem of plastic, and create momentum for solutions.
Plastic-Free July is an annual event that began in Western Australia in 2011 and has spread across the globe. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use, disposable plastic during July each year.
Plastic-Free July 2015 was a success! Reducing plastic is an ongoing effort. We’ve collected these resources to help.
TIPS FOR REDUCING PLASTIC
UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIONS
No upcoming events at this time.
From Here to China: Secrets of Plastics Recycling (Audio recording and link to presentations)
DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN ALTERNATIVES
Alternatives to Plastic Microbeads
We hosted a workshop to learn how to make our own care products like face wash and toothpaste, which when bought from the store can contain tiny, plastic microbeads. Beth Terry attended and posted the recipes on her blog. Check it out here.
PLASTIC-FREE JULY RESOURCES
- My Plastic Free Life – Beth Terry’s site and blog is full of ideas and strategies to eliminate plastic, drawn from her years of walking the talk.
- Plastic-Free July International – The hub for the international event.
- Plastic-Free July SF Bay Google Group – Connect with community members to share ideas, tips, or challenges.
[Photo credit: Bo Eide on Flickr]