Make your own Plastic Challenge this July

Date posted: 8 June 2020

It’s nearly time for our annual Plastic Challenge. In July, for the past six years, we’ve been asking our supporters to try and get through the whole month completely plastic-free. Thousands of challengers have stepped up to the plate and really given it a go – but this year it’s going to be a bit different.

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The lockdown has made plastic even more difficult to avoid, but by pledging to cut out just one item of plastic from your everyday life, you can have a tangible impact on the health of our seas.

Erin O'Neill,
Plastic Challenge Coordinator

The coronavirus made it harder for everyone to avoid single-use plastics: restriction on travel meant many didn’t have the same choices available locally, and if you opted for an online shop it all arrived in plastic bags.

So, mindful of the strange year we’re experiencing, we’re asking you to set your own Plastic Challenge this July - with simple changes that start without having to leave the house. This could mean switching to just one new reusable item or pledging to avoid a certain type of single-use plastic item - like bagged up fruit and vegetables. If you’re feeling confident, you could even still attempt to give it all up!

Erin O’Neill, Plastic Challenge Coordinator said: “Every year, so many people join us and challenge themselves to going plastic-free for July. This is a huge undertaking, as plastic is so prolific in our everyday lives. This year, we hope that asking individuals to make their own Plastic Challenge will encourage more people to get involved and rethink their relationship to single-use plastic. The lockdown has made plastic even more difficult to avoid, but by pledging to cut out just one item of plastic from your everyday life, you can have a tangible impact on the health of our seas.”

If giving up is tricky, then why not find new ways you can reuse old single-use plastic items around the house? Finding online shopping delivered in plastic bags? Repurpose the bags as bin liners. Use a yoghurt pot to grow seeds or mustard and cress for those summer salads. Get creative - and if you can’t refuse – re-use! We’d love to hear the tips and tricks you discover throughout the month and how restrictions on what we can do can be good for the planet in a variety of ways.

Last year nearly 10,000 of you signed up to go plastic-free with us, we loved seeing you share your ideas with a growing community of like-minded challengers all over social media. It’s amazing how much our Plastic Challenge community has grown, and it’s vital we don’t let up on the fight against ocean plastic. By reducing the amount of plastic reaching our oceans we’ll be helping to save marine life from entanglement, suffocation and poisoning – it’s still as important as ever that we do what we can.

Join us in the fight against plastic this year! Remember to sign up on our website to get a weekly email in July with tips, recipes, advice and updates from some special guests.

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