Embracing Plastic Free July: Small Changes, Big Impact

As we enter July, it’s time to talk about a global movement that’s gaining momentum each year: Plastic Free July. This initiative challenges individuals, businesses, and communities to reduce their plastic waste for one month, with the hope of inspiring long-term changes in our consumption habits.

Why Plastic Free July?

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. From our oceans to our landfills, plastic waste is accumulating at an alarming rate, harming wildlife and ecosystems. Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness about this problem and empower people to be part of the solution.

Getting Started

The beauty of Plastic Free July is that anyone can participate, and every small action counts. Here are some simple ways to get involved:

1. Refuse single-use plastics: Say no to plastic bags, straws, cutlery, and bottles.

2. Bring your own: Carry reusable bags, water bottles, and coffee cups.

3. Shop smarter: Choose products with minimal or no plastic packaging.

4. DIY alternatives: Make your own cleaning products or toiletries to avoid plastic containers.

5. Spread the word: Share your journey on social media to inspire others.

Challenges and Solutions

Going plastic-free can be challenging in a world where plastic is ubiquitous. You might encounter obstacles, but don’t get discouraged. Remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here are some common challenges and potential solutions:

– Forgetting your reusables: Keep a set in your car or bag.
– Plastic-wrapped produce: Shop at farmers’ markets or choose loose items.
– Takeaway food packaging: Bring your own containers or dine in.

Beyond July

While the challenge is for one month, the goal is to create lasting habits. As you navigate Plastic Free July, you’ll likely discover new ways of doing things that you’ll want to continue. You might find that reducing plastic not only helps the environment but also simplifies your life and saves you money.

Community Impact

Plastic Free July is more than an individual effort; it’s a community movement. Engage with local groups, participate in clean-up events, or start conversations with friends and family. Your actions can inspire others and contribute to a wider cultural shift.

Every Bit Counts

Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. Even if you only manage to eliminate a few plastic items from your life, that’s still a positive impact. The key is to start somewhere and keep improving.

What we are doing at the Blakehay Theatre

  1. We try to minimise single use plastic as much as possible
  2. All of our bottles in our bar come in glass bottles that the theatre recycles
  3. No plastic straws
  4. No plastic single-use cups (we re-wash all of our cups)
  5. No plastic bottles behind our bar
  6. You can bring your own coffee cup for hot drinks and get money off!
  7. We buy cleaning products in bulk and refill containers to stop the use of small plastic bottles
  8. We try to use as many local products as possible.

This July, join millions around the world in reducing plastic waste. Together, we can create a cleaner, healthier planet for ourselves and future generations. Are you ready to take on the Plastic Free July challenge?