Plastic Free July is about being part of the solution to reducing plastic waste in our communities.
Every piece of plastic that’s been created still exists somewhere in the world. Single-use plastic is made to last forever, yet we often discard it within minutes. Unfortunately, only about 9% of plastic is actually recycled and 79% ends up in landfills or our oceans and waterways—injuring and killing wildlife.
Many people around the world have already made steps to reduce dependence on single-use plastics from their every-day habits. The truth is that getting rid of old habits or implementing new choices to our lives can be hard. Luckily when it comes to plastics, there are many ways to make new habits to easily fit our lifestyles.
Say it out loud. Taking a public pledge like the Plastic Free July Challenge this month helps us commit to getting rid of old habits and creating new ones.
Get creative and make it fun. Who said reducing our waste needs to be tedious and hard? Swapping single-use plastics in our daily lives is about getting creative and inventing new ways of doing the same thing.
Take it one step at a time. Reducing our plastic waste is about making small changes to our lifestyle. While some of us choose to go cold-turkey on things we wish to refuse, sometimes it's best to adopt one new habit at a time to make this action more sustainable.
Here at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens we’ve taken small steps on our plastic-free journey:
Looking for a small change to make today? Our conservation team has put together a list of actions that can curve your plastic use for good.
Everyday more people are making the choice to minimize their consumption of single-use plastics to drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste in their communities and landfills. These small changes help keep our communities beautiful, our water clean, and our wildlife safe.
Looking to see different ways people around the world have curved their plastic use?
Want to see how people around the world have curved their plastic use and start your own journey?