Advertisement

International Movement Seeks to Combat Plastic Pollution

July 21, 2022

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, single-use plastics are the largest subset of plastics found in landfills and are among the most challenging to recycle. Plastic production accounts for more than 3% of total U.S. energy consumption and uses roughly the same amount of oil around the world as does the aviation industry. Yet, less than 10% of plastics are currently recycled, and most of those plastics are “downcycled,” or repurposed into low-value products.

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that uses the month of July to annually help millions of people take an active role in solving the problem of plastic pollution, with a special focus on eliminating single-use plastics.

A key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation, the event began in 2011 by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz in Western Australia. According to the Plastic Free July website, a 2021 IPSOS survey estimated that 140 million people from 190 countries took part in the award-winning campaign.

As a result of Plastic Free July, participants have reduced their waste yearly by 3.5% and 86% have made permanent positive changes in their habits and lifestyle regarding plastic waste.

“Ending plastic pollution has never been more of a focus,” said Prince-Ruiz, now the foundation’s executive director. “By focusing on avoidance, Plastic Free July offers everyone, wherever they live, a way to make a difference and stop plastic pollution from leaking into the environment and impacting communities. Together, we have already avoided 2.1 million tons of plastic waste, including millions of single-use drink bottles, coffee cups, packaging, straws, and plastic bags.”

As part of their 2022 challenge, Plastic Free July has launched new resources for individuals, schools, and businesses. These include a free school program to help school staff and facilitators get involved, and a corporate membership that, for a nominal fee, helps businesses fully participate through provided tools.

For more information about Plastic Free July and the Plastic Free Foundation, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org.

Latest Articles

A Win for Team Gladys
August 10, 2022 Amy W. Richardson

A Win for Team Gladys

August 8, 2022 Michael Wilson

Dealing With Inflation

August 5, 2022 Stephen P. Ashkin

Go Green at the ISSA Show in Chicago

Sponsored Articles

Molekule webinar video sponsored content
August 2, 2022

Webinar Video: How to Minimize Indoor Sources of Air Pollution: A Panel Discussion with Leading Researchers

July 25, 2022

Webinar Video: Roadmap to Grow Your Business: Say More “Yes” to Surface Preparation Success!

July 22, 2022

Video: The Inside Story: How Robotics and Automation Impacts Cleaning and Maintenance in the 21st Century

Recent News

Rear view of participants in workshop
August 11, 2022 CMM Daily News

ISSA Show North America 2022 Offers Several Certification Courses

August 11, 2022 CMM Daily News

Register to Learn How Your Restrooms Can Improve Your Facility’s Image

August 10, 2022 CMM Daily News

Register Soon to Learn How to Improve Indoor Air Quality at the GBAC Symposium 2022