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Sustainability Tip: Commit to a plastic-free July with three easy steps

Stephen Beane
Walking Mountains Science Center
Last year, participants in more than 177 countries worked to reduce plastic use in the Plastic Free July challenge. Walking Mountains Science Center started its own plastic-free campaign in Eagle County.
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Did you know that there is a campaign that helps millions of people around the globe reduce plastic pollution? Plastic Free July is a campaign led by the Plastic Free Foundation, and each year, millions of people around the globe take the challenge and choose to refuse single-use plastics. In July 2018 alone, 120 million people in 177 countries took part in the challenge. Participants reduced their household waste on average by 76 kilograms per household per year (7.6%) and contributed to a total savings of 490 million kilograms of plastic waste each year.

Walking Mountains Science Center also began a Plastic Free July initiative specifically for Eagle County. More than six out of 10 of local participants are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding packaged fruit and vegetables, picking up other people’s litter and avoiding buying bottled water. All the little steps help us to #BeBetterTogether and meet our Climate Action Collaborative goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Eagle County 25% by 2025. 

Three ways to go green

Here are three ways that you can participate with Plastic Free July.

1. Take the Plastic Free July challenge by signing up online at http://www.plasticfreejuly.org.

2. Empower others by posting stories on social media of how you are reducing plastic pollution.

3. Read inspirational stories from participants reducing single-use plastic waste at home, at work and in their communities. Learn about the steps they took, the challenges they overcame and lessons they learned.

Take the pledge to commit to a plastic free July online at http://www.walking mountains.org/plasticfree.

Stephen Beane is an Actively Green intern at Walking Mountains Science Center. Contact him at stephenb@walkingmountains.org.