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Make the difference during Plastic Free July

It is nearly July and that means that more than one million people from 130 countries will take the challenge of not using disposable plastic and using alternatives instead. Plastic Free July was started in Australia in 2011. Rebecca Prince-Ruiz started wondering why she had so many plastic items in her house and how she could change this. Her colleagues and friends joined in and a grassroots initiative was born.

The idea behind Plastic Free July is to take small steps that could have a large impact. The initiative targets people who are trying to make a difference in their own surroundings or at school and are able to encourage other people to follow their example. The website contains plenty of practical information for people who want to reduce their plastic pollution.

A good first step is to download an action picker on the Plastic Free July website. It gives practical tips for 18 categories of plastic products that can be avoided, such as plastic bags, straws and packaged vegetables and fruit. The website also has recipes for making your own shampoo and toothpaste.

If you are ready to take on the Plastic Free July challenge, Rebecca has a good tip: “You can quickly get very demotivated at first. That’s why I would not start with everything at the same time. Make a list of the plastic that you already have. You could start by looking at all the plastic in your rubbish bin and eliminating one or two of these. Small steps can already make a huge difference!”