Wednesday, July 10, 2024

You can be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? See below for ways to get involved!
Ideas and Solutions
Want some tips to find out how you can reduce plastic waste? The good news is, anyone can get involved. You can start out small, or really challenge yourself! Get inspired using the menu options at this link:

Plastic Free Pledge
This year’s Plastic Free July campaign focuses on small changes each of us can make to reduce plastic waste under the slogan “Small steps, big difference”. Each year millions of Plastic Free July participants from over 190 countries worldwide are together making a big difference by choosing to refuse single-use plastic. An astonishing 10 billion kgs of household waste has been avoided by participants over the last five year because millions of people choose to make a change for cleaner streets, healthy oceans,  and beautiful communities or just to do the right thing. Choose one single-use plastic to avoid or take the pledge to avoid single-use cups, plastic drink bottles, or plastic food wrap. These “Top 3” items are single-use plastic items we commonly use each day that most of us can be easily replaced by;
  • Refilling reusable water bottles from the tap
  • Bringing a reusable cup or sitting and enjoy a real cup
  • Switching from plastic wrap to reusable containers or wax wraps.

Take the Challenge
Whether you’re a beginner looking for a few single-use plastics to avoid, ready to take next steps or want to share with others, we have ideas to inspire you at home, work, school, and within the community. Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternatives that can become new habits forever.
Go the Distance
From now through October 31st, Adventure Scientists looking for volunteers to visit any national park or National Park-managed land, like Yellowstone or Lake Clark, in the United States to record plastic trash, including the amount and type of trash, and submit via a survey on your smartphone. Remember, taking the trash with you and disposing of it is always appreciated. Anyone can participate; all you need is a smartphone, a visit to a national park or NPS-managed land, and to complete a short training online. Thanks to you, Adventure Scientists removed 8,177 pieces of trash from 31 parks last year and helped inform pollution solutions for our parks.

There are 18 National Parks or NPS-Land in Massachusetts alone. Where will you visit? To see all Parks and NPS-managed land click this link:

For more information on Plastic Free July® see here:

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