As of 2015, more than 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste has been generated (National Geographic).
More than 40% of plastic is used only once, then it is tossed (National Geographic).
91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).
Since most plastic doesn’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, all of the plastic waste we have produced and continue to produce will exist for hundreds or even thousands of years (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).
One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans (Eco Watch).
In short, our plastic obsession is a horrendous problem. But what can we do? Living sustainability and plastic free in today’s world can be overwhelming and daunting. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of not ever doing enough, but what if we broke it down into achievable steps we can all start taking today to make a change? In the words of Hillel the Elder, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
Starting July 1st, here at Natracare we’re taking the Plastic Free July challenge: a four-week challenge to explore how each of us can take small but mighty steps towards a more plastic free lifestyle by slowly adding more plastic free habits into our daily lives. Throughout this month journey we will explore what we can do better together as well as highlighting purpose driven brands and organizations leading the movement while giving away plastic free kits to participants each week.
To join our Plastic Free by Natracare journey, leave a comment below and pledge to join us in taking the first step towards a more plastic free lifestyle.
In the coming weeks, take a extra moment to see how prevalent plastic is in our lives — maybe spark some inspiration to start today.
Don’t forget to follow Natracare on all the social media platforms, where we will be sharing how you can participating and enter the giveaways for the plastic free kits on social media. And mark your calendars for July 1st to start the journey with us towards a more plastic free lifestyle!
A special shout out and thank you to all the organizations and brands partnering with us for Plastic Free July: 5 Gyres, Turning Green, Plastic Pollution Coalition, U-Konserve, and Chico Bag!