Inspired by New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, I’m participating in the Plastic Free July Challenge to help diminish the use of single-use disposable plastic. This global movement helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution, so we can have a healthier environment, cleaner streets, and beautiful communities.
I know I can do much better. With some planning and prep, we all can make a big difference for the environment.
Please join me!
Plastic Free July is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation sharing its vision of a world free of plastic waste. The award-winning campaign is the result of years of hard work and advocacy.
Founded by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team in Western Australia, the month-long challenge is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world, with millions of people around the world participating every year — committing to reducing plastic waste all year round.
Here are some tips from EARTHDAY.ORG to help us diminish the use of single-use plastics:
- Bring your own reusable bags wherever you shop.
- Keep a durable stainless steel, glass, or bamboo straw with you.
- Invest in a water filter and water bottles.
- Make your own reusable cloth bags from old t-shirts.
- Choose clothing and other items made from earth-friendly materials.
- Find the plastics you no longer need and dispose of them properly. If you can, replace them with long-lasting options.
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood and when visiting parks and beaches. Check local safety guidelines first, and always use gloves.
- Advocate — send a letter or call your local elected leaders, urging them to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastic items.
Lisa-Michelle is a recognized advocate, and an avid nature and wildlife lover.
There’s lots to celebrate this week! Happy Canada Day and Independence Day! Have a great week, and enjoy responsibly.