Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement to reduce single-use plastic consumption by going plastic free in July started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz in 2011. Here at Clean Ocean Access, we have created our own Plastic Free July campaign to help raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and work towards eliminating marine debris. This website will include all of the information you will need to get involved with Plastic Free July, so keep coming back to learn more about the campaign and for information on our weekly challenges and events! We hope you will join us on this journey!


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What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July is a global campaign to raise awareness for the issue of plastic pollution and work towards reducing single-use plastics during the month of July with the goal of creating life-long habits. Here are some facts about the campaign:

  • Plastic Free July is all about reducing our collective consumption of single-use plastics.

  • Plastic Free July is not about perfection! If everyone pledges to do something small, it can have a big impact! Try starting off with one switch, and take on more as you can.

  • Plastic Free July is also not about eliminating our use of all plastics, because not all plastic is bad! Plastic is crucial to many of our modern medical practices, as well as scientific research! However, most of our single-use plastic items such as water bottles, plastic bags, and straws, are unnecessary and harmful to the health of humans, animals, and the planet.

  • Plastic Free July is not just about individual steps you can take to reduce single-use plastics in your life, but also about pushing for political action to remove single-use plastics at the source.


Why should you take the pledge?

One of the biggest issues facing the health of our oceans and marine life is plastic pollution. Here are some facts about ocean plastics:

  • Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.

  • Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined.

  • 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.

  • Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied

  • Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited, tropical islands nowhere is safe.

Facts provided by Surfers Against Sewage (https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/plastic-pollution/plastic-pollution-facts-figures/)

Need some ideas on how you can go plastic free this July?

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