Plastic Free July
This July marked the strat of a world camping, #plasticfreejuly. As the disasterous effects of plastics pierce past out little, sustainability ecospheres and into mainstream media, several brands, social advocates and companies have come onboard to reduce the contribution to the plastic epidemic. So, as the first week of plastic free July let’s do a quick check list of some of the quick fixes that you can incorporate to reduce your plastic waste. Let us know on instagram or in the comments below how many of the plastic free alternatives you already incorporate into your everyday life! Even if you didn’t get fully involved in plastic free July, it is never too late to incorporate some changes into your lifestyle. This website gives you cool tips on how to get started and innovative ways to tackle plastic at home, work, in your local community or at event, check it out by clicking here - the website.
Having been interested in sustainability for some time now, I have found that it is easy to pick the low hanging fruit (not that these low hanging fruit aren’t important, they are!), that’s why we are trying to look at sustainability in a different way by diving into some of our favourite books that give us a different perspective into plastic use. Check out our list below and let us know if you have read any of these books and if so, what were your thoughts on them.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and Recycling Women of the Gamia’ by Miranda Paul
The true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle plastic bags that were polluting her local community.
‘The Plastic Magician’ by Charlie N Holmberg
Join functional protagonist Alvie Breichenacher on her move to London where she begins her training in poly-making, the magical discipline of be-spelling plastic.
‘Plastic Free - How I Kicked The Plastic Habit and You Can Too’ by Beth Terry
Beth Terry was skeptical of yeh difference that one person could have on the environment but whilst on bed rest post-surgery, she read an article on the plastic pollution in oceans and decided it was time to re-assess her relationship with plastic and the role it plays in her life.
‘Stuff Matters - Exploring the Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Made-Made World’ by Mark Miodownik
In Miodownik’s book he explores all the materials that he examines the materials that he encounters in everyday life, from concrete to foam and of course plastic. The chapter that explores the history of plastics and how we have come to be so co-dependent on them is funnily written in the context of screen play that you cat help but enjoy.