How much plastic do you normally use in a month? One great way of finding out: trying not to use any at all. Plastic-Free July is a month-long challenge where you try to avoid single-use plastics: things like straws, bread wrappers and yoghurt pots that are intended to be used once before being thrown away.
The idea started in Australia, but it’s become popular in the UK too. Last year various members of Sustainable Witney decided to give it a go for the first time. We were encouraged to find that people from all over Oxfordshire were inspired by our blog posts to join in. The challenge was reported in the Witney Gazette and I was invited to give talks about it in East Oxford and at Oxford Brookes University (in the rather un-July-ish months of November 2013 and February 2014 respectively).
So are we doing it again this year? You bet we are! We’ll be blogging about our efforts throughout the month and hoping it will be as much of a community challenge as it was last year. We’ve already inspired people as far afield as Croydon to try it this year – see the Plastic-Free July in Croydon blog posts if you don’t believe me. (Sustainable Witney got a shout-out on the Plastic-Free July in Croydon website and on Croydon radio – fame at last!) So we’ll be keeping an eye on how people are doing in Croydon as well as reporting on our own efforts. Why not join us?