Day 93 - Plastic-Free July Starts Now!
I feel like the last 92 days have all been preparation for this month. I've been trying to become more aware of how much plastic I use every day, and to refuse single-use plastics whenever I can. But how much have I really cut back? If I added up all the plastic I've used in the last few months, I'd still probably be disappointed in the amount, especially after watching A Plastic Ocean and learning about how much of our plastic ends up in the ocean!
So this month, I'm going to actually tally it all up. I'm going to save every bit of plastic that I use, and see how much really accumulates over the next 31 days. I'm sorry to say, I've already made a bad start today. I was out shopping for a few things that I need for a wedding I'm attending tomorrow, and I missed two opportunities to refuse plastic bags. Plenty of room for improvement here.
Granted, living in India makes a zero waste lifestyle especially challenging, as it's often hard to make myself understood, and even when a language barrier isn't present, I find that most people don't understand why I don't want a plastic bag, or why I want to know how my apartment building recycles its dry waste, or why I don't want a straw in my drink.
Nevertheless, I'm going to do my best. I learned from watching A Plastic Ocean that the average person discards 300 pounds of plastic waste in a year. That's 25 pounds per month. How much plastic do you think I can divert from landfill in the month of July? Can I keep my plastic waste to under 5 pounds?
TAKE THE PLASTIC FREE JULY CHALLENGE
How about you? How much can you refuse? Can you keep your plastic waste to under 5 pounds for the whole month? To under 3 pounds? Can you actually manage not to discard any plastic at all?
If you're up for the challenge, here's what you do:
- Go to The Sudie Mae School's Facebook page, and leave me a comment letting me know that you're in. Give my page a like or a follow while you're there if you haven't already done so.
- Put a post on your own Facebook page telling your friends you're taking the Plastic Free July challenge, and saving all your plastic waste to see how low you can keep it. If you want, you can just re-post this one.
- Tag any friends you think might be up for the challenge too.
- Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter by using hashtag #plasticfreejuly.
- At the end of the month, weigh your plastic waste (including recyclables!), take a picture, and post it on The Sudie Mae School's Facebook page.
- Whoever creates the least plastic waste in the month of July will get a massive shoutout on the blog and on all social media platforms!
Remember, every piece of plastic we refuse is one less piece of plastic potentially ending up in our beautiful oceans! Let's do this!
My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I WANTED TO SCREAM. I wanted to cry. I wanted to stop every person I saw walking along the water and say "WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?!" at the top of my lungs.
Remember that this exercise is about awareness and gradual change, not overnight perfection.
It takes 660 gallons of water just to produce enough beef to make 1 burger.
Craig Leeson's film is a soul stirring, shocking, inspiring work, which I think everyone should see.
There are many ways in which going zero waste can lead to greater financial freedom, and adjusting our food choices to be less wasteful is one of the quickest and easiest ways to save money.
In a city that is quickly becoming more and more urbanized, it was refreshing to hear how these two women are standing up for children's need to play, and re-using existing materials in order to do it.
If you're like me and don't know the difference between sleep, hibernate, and shut down modes, let me help you out. It's pretty simple.
I'm angry about this. I'm sad. I'm incredulous that the leader of the free world could be so careless with the future of the next generation.