For those of you who read my recent post 'Could You Live Plastic-Free?' you will know that I am seriously considering going plastic-free in 2016. I am often undertaking environmental challenges to test my eco values. I figure; if I can't implement changes in my own life, how can I expect anyone else to? We have to be the change we wish to see in the world, right?
When I discussed this with my fiance Ben (who wasn't keen to do it for the sheer volume of work involved) he was able to convince me that the idea was insane and there was no real reason to attempt it as we already live pretty sustainably: growing our own food, reducing our consumption and living off-the-grid.
But then last week on Facebook, my friend Megan tagged me in on the Plastic-Free July challenge and I thought it was the perfect time to broach the subject with Ben again. A 31 day challenge? Surely this would be an easy-sell.
In fact, it was easier than easy. I even had the "I'll do all the shopping if you want" card up my sleeve if I needed to use it. But I didn't have to.
Ben was all in.
Just like October's 'Buy Nothing New' campaign raises awareness of mindless consumption and it's impact on the environment, The Plastic-Free July campaign raises awareness of how single-use disposable plastic dominates our lives and why this is bad for the planet.
The point of this challenge is to become more conscious of our plastic consumption, facilitate discussions and put the idea into practice. By signing up, you are opting to do something about our plastic problem.
So... why not be an awesome human being and sign up to the challenge and join us (and many other thousands of people in 70 countries across the world)?
Worried that you can't commit to refusing ALL single-use plastics?
You can opt in for the challenge of refusing just the top four: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.
Worried that you can't commit to the entire month of July?
You have the option of signing up for a day or a week.
Worried that it's too late to sign up because it's July 2?
No stress. You can start today. Every day you refuse disposable plastics is a win for Mother Nature. If you need more reasons to start, why not read this article I wrote about how we're destroying the planet.
For more information about the Plastic-Free July challenge head to the website: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org
Now your turn: Have you already joined? How are you finding the challenge? For those of you who haven't signed up - what's stopping you? Please feel free to leave a comment below.