GREENSBORO, N.C. - The City of Greensboro wants you to join the "Plastic Free July Challenge."
It's a global movement that encourages everyone to ditch plastic for the month of July to help better the environment for generations to come.
The Plastic Free Foundation started the campaign in 2011 in Western Australia and now it's reached the Triad.
The Foundation is an independent not-for-profit with the mission of building a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling.
"There is no better time to turn universal awareness of plastic waste into universal action on single-use plastics," said Rebecca Prince Ruiz, Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free July Foundation. "This July, our aim is to empower individuals, business and organizations to choose to refuse and collectively contribute by making small changes to their day-to-day actions to make a big difference."
Although plastic waste is made on land, it often leads to problems downstream in the ocean.
The Plastic Free Foundation says the world is producing huge amounts of waste and 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans every year.
If people continue to use plastic worldwide, environmentalists say, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
"Making a difference is as simple as swapping out your usual disposable coffee cup with an eco-friendly version, bringing your own re-useable bags to get groceries, or even switching to soap instead of using bottled wash products," said Rebecca. "The campaign is a great time to get creative with how you can reduce your single-use plastic usage and share ideas with others."
If you want to join the Plastic Free July campaign or access resources to help you make environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, click here.
The Plastic Free Foundation offers the following top tips to help you go plastic-free:
- Use an eco-friendly coffee cup to get your caffeine fix on the go
- Avoid plastic packed products – choose loose produce and products in paper packaging
- Bring reusable bags to do your grocery shopping
- Bulk buy or get re-fills where possible
- Use beeswax wraps, or a reusable container, instead of plastic wrap to keep your produce fresh
- and plastic-free