Plastic in numbers & 5 Easy Swaps for #plasticfreejuly
Plastic Free July is a global yearly challenge where millions of people give up single use plastic during the month of July. The movement started in Australia in 2011, then went viral and last year hit 120 milion of people joining the challenge accross 177 countries. How can you join the challenge? Head to www.plasticfreejuly.org and sign up! The website is full of inspiration and examples how can you achieve your plastic free lifestyle goals.
How about few quick facts about single use plastic and 5 easy swaps? That's a great way to kick off your plastic free July.
1. Swap plastic straw with REUSABLE STRAW
Takes up to 200 years to decompose.
Plastic straws are the 11th most found ocean trash.
Each year 1 million seabirds and 100000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic.
2. Swap single use water bottle with REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute - which breaks down to 20,000 plastic bottles a second.
Bottled water is almost 2,000 times more energy intensive to produce than tap water.
Plastic bottles can take 450 years or more to break down and decompose.
3. Swap paper coffee cup with REUSABLE COFFEE MUG
Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world.
Globally, we consume nearly 300 million tonnes of paper each year; most made from virgin pulp.
Consumer waste has increased more than tenfold over the 20th century, from 40kg to 560kg of waste per person, per year.
4. Swap single use plastic bag with REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG AND PRODUCE BAGS
Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world.
A plastic bag is used for an average of 12 minutes.
If we joined all the plastic bags in the world together, they would circumnavigate the globe 4,200 times.
5. Swap single use cutlery with REUSABLE CUTLERY
Plastic utensils often can not be recycled or composted in municipal facilities.
It is estimated that close to 40 billion individual plastic utensils are produced each year.
In only U.S discarded plastics such as cutlery make up nearly 18 percent of all the garbage produced.
Join the global movement and add be a change you want to see.
Resources: get-green-bow.com, treehugger.com, www.padi.com, www.nationalgeographic.com, www.ecoffeecup.co.za