What is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is a global movement that takes place every year and helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Working towards cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities, and helping to look after our wonderful planet.
Many different environment and plastic pollution related groups and organisations, including Plastic Free Communities run events and campaigns during Plastic Free July to help get everyone started on their journey to ditching single-use plastic. As a movement of nearly 1,500 organisations from all over the world, we have the power to let our communities, cities, and countries know that we can say no to single-use plastic!
Who are Plastic Free Clevedon?
Plastic Free Clevedon is a group of local volunteers working to free where we live from single-use plastic and help reduce the impact that our community has on the environment. Founded in March 2019, they are part of the The Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community Campaign which focuses on freeing where we live from single-use plastic. Together they are tackling avoidable, throw-away plastic, from our beaches, rivers and green spaces all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it. It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives, it’s about kicking our addiction to single-use plastic and changing the system that produces it. Being a Plastic Free Community does not mean there is no plastic – it means we are starting work to turn the tide on plastic pollution. By pulling together different aspects of our community; collaborating and including everyone they hope to bring about the culture change we need to see.
From Kerry Sheahan, Community Leader for Plastic Free Clevedon:
“We are really excited to be bringing Plastic Free July to Clevedon! Its going to look a bit different this year, we had hoped to have a town wide month of all things Plastic-free; but we haven’t let Covid19 stop us, we have moved it all online! We’ve got some great activities for all the family! Going plastic free can be really hard, but reducing our plastic use is easy, there are some great easy and quick wins which can have a huge impact; and we hope that by building a community to help support each other we can make a big dent in single-use plastic in Clevedon and get lots of people started on their plastic free journeys!”
How To Get Involved With Plastic Free July
Plastic Free Clevedon have got a whole range of initiatives, campaigns and tips and advice to help everyone ditch single-use plastic this July.
Whether you are passionate about cutting down your daily plastic use; are a small local business or part of a community group and want help on your journey to ditching single use plastic; maybe you are wanting to say no to one single-use item this month; or go plastic-free(ish) in your whole home; for those of you new to the plastic free journey, and those who are old hat but looking for a fun community to help give you that added boost, they’ve got you covered!
Head on over to thePlastic Free July 2020 Page to find out about all the great things they have planned.
● Take the Plastic Free July Pledge, and write on the Pledge Wall telling us all about what you plan to do for Plastic Free July, and why. Share it on social media, with family and friends, get the word out there!
● Visit the brand new individual action resources to get you started on your journey to saying no to single-use plastic;
● Follow Lizzie their brilliant beach clean coordinator on her Plastic Free July Journey;
● Win a bundle of plastic free goodies! A competition for the kiddies to make their
favourite sea creature from single-use plastic that they find at home!
● Join in and surf the #WavesOfOptimism – Where we turn our windows into the
biggest art installation Surfers Against Sewage have ever coordinated!
● Plus links to what other groups and organisations are doing, and much more as the
month goes on!
For more information, click through to the Plastic Free Clevedon website for resources and ways to get involved.