Plastic Free July

plastic free july
July 1, 2020
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Choose to Refuse Single-Use Plastics

The human population is producing and discarding plastic items at an alarming rate. Microplastics, those tiny pieces of plastic such as small beads, small parts of a larger system or pieces that have broken off bigger plastic items, have been found in the world’s oceans, freshwater ecosystems, ice cores, soil and air. And once it’s out there, it will take anywhere from 10-1,000 years for that plastic to decompose depending on the environment it’s in. Luckily people have noticed that this is not the way to treat our environment.

Plastic Free July is aimed at reducing our creation of plastic waste, specifically in the arena of single-use plastics. It has grown significantly over the years and now has a global reach and has prevented the waste of millions of single-use drink bottles, coffee cups, packaging items, straws and plastic bags. The approach seeks to change our way of thinking from using disposable items by replacing them with reusable objects.

 

 

Here are some of the ways you can go plastic free this July:

  • Take a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated.
  • Bring your reusable bag with you to the market.
  • Talk to your office or place of business about switching from disposable cutlery and plates to real silverware and plates (one of your coworkers would probably be happy to donate to start a beautiful mismatched collection!).
  • Be mindful when shopping. Choose the refillable items when available.
  • Buy non-perishable items in bulk when possible.

 

Tips & Tricks to Reduce Single-use Plastics

You can Choose to Refuse single-use plastics this July. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for great prizes and easy tips and tricks to reduce single-use plastics in our environment.



8 comments on "Plastic Free July"

  1. Joel Teitelbaum says:

    We replaced most single-use Plastics bought/used in our household years ago. But, this video with a bouncy tune seems to ignore COVID-19 conundrum that markets do not allow us to use our own bags, insisting on filling single-use plastic bags with groceries and other items, and the 5 cent bag charge was suspended by County Government during Corona crisis. Green Montgomery needs to address the current situation much better and not used ‘canned’ promotions produced before it overtook our society, or at least suggest alternatives to single use for Now!
    Try Harder!

    1. Cat Lee says:

      Hi, thanks for reaching out and for replacing your single-use plastics! I understand that some markets do not allow the use of customer-owned reusable bags; it’s best to bring your reusable bags if you are not sure of the particular market’s requirements. And although the suspension of the 5 cent bag charge was introduced in County Council it did not pass. Lastly, our promotions are unique and recent and the call to action is ‘choose to refuse single-use plastics’ which can be accomplished at any time and on a daily basis. Follow us on social for great prizes and tips for single-use plastic reduction!

  2. Judy Smith says:

    Giant still allows me to use my own bags for shopping.
    Best thing I’ve done lately to eliminate single use plastic and paper utensils when eating and drinking out is the purchase of my little set of bamboo utensils and straw (and straw cleaning brush) all in its own canvas pouch with carabiner which I attach to my purse. Look on line but one brand is ToGo Ware. I give these as gifts and we sold them at the church bazaar last year. And a light weight bamboo cup with cover I keep in my purse, which I use for coffee instead of a disposable cup.

    1. Cat Lee says:

      Hi, thanks for reaching out and letting us know about your grocery store allowing use of customer-owned reusable bags! 🙂 And thank you even more for using reusable bamboo-based products. If you haven’t already done so, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag us in your plastic-free posts!

  3. AnneC says:

    If you like carbonated water, consider buying a SodaStream. You’ll be amazed at how many plastic bottles you WON’T use! You can make plain carbonated water or add flavors. What a great idea!

    1. Cat Lee says:

      Hi, thanks for the great idea!

  4. R. P. says:

    Hello, thank you for putting a spotlight on our problem with single-use plastic! I’m wondering if you could also share specific guidelines on how to work with take-out restaurants (in general and now during COVID) in order to have them provide their food in reusable containers, or letting us return the containers to them after use for sterilization and re-use. I completely agree with the concept and am a huge supporter of eliminating all the plastic with throw away, and think we need to supply both the businesses and consumers with actual logistics on how to implement. Thank you in advance for your guidance and also continuing to draw attention to this important problem with plastic every month, not only in July!

    1. Cat Lee says:

      Hi, thanks for reaching out. We do not allow restaurants to use #6 plastics as they are not recyclable in Montgomery County’s recyclable program and encourage residents to reuse or recycle used food containers.

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