The Plastic Free July project is a campaign led every year to reduce the use of single-use plastic. Started in Australia, this project now includes thousands of people across the globe. Please click this link to visit their website and join the challenge to make an impact.
I first heard of this campaign a week ago and I knew I needed to act fast. The momentum and support that comes with a campaign or movement like this one make for great accountability. This year I am choosing to ban the Target Four plastics — plastic bags, straws, to-go cups, and water bottles — from my lifestyle this entire month of July.
I anticipate a few challenges for this month; the first being that I am currently traveling with my family. While my mom is very supportive of my zero waste and low-impact journey, the temptation to buy things containing more plastic is higher when I am in the comforts of my family. I’d much rather go with the flow than ask everyone to accommodate my preferences. It’s so much easier to stop by a fast-food restaurant and grab food on the road than it is to make time to pack a lunch or find a sit-down restaurant. Surely planning ahead and communication will be essential.
The other challenge I anticipate is making the adjustments in my work environment. Since my workplace is right across from the mall, I tend to walk over for lunch or order-in on busier days. The food court provides a great variety of food options but not as many options when it comes to the containers. As my vacation time comes to a close, I will need to plan ahead for meals to bring from home.
Goals for this month
- Bring cloth bags with my everywhere (even if I don’t think I need it)
- Keep my reusable straws near and ready
- Plan ahead and anticipate situations where I might need to ask for accommodations, say no, or consider a change in habit
- Document the journey on my Instagram
Where there are challenges, I see growing opportunities. And where there are new adventures, there are surprises around each corner. I am looking forward to seeing how this Plastic Free July challenges me. Follow along as I document my journey in more detail on my Instagram @abigoeszero.