Plastic Free July is a global movement to reduce plastic pollution by helping us discover solutions which enable us to reduce plastic waste at home and in our communities.
As we’re nearing the end of July, you may have adopted new switches to cut out single-use plastic. Whether that’s carrying around a reusable water bottle or switching to plastic free toilet paper.
Our planet needs us more than ever and there are brilliant environmental charities taking action to tackle plastic pollution and climate change. Below are three charities campaigning to protect our planet, that your business can support by pledging donations and raising awareness.
Plastic Oceans UK
Whilst living in the paused world of COVID-19, we have an opportunity to reflect on our own lives and uses of plastic in daily lives. Take the time to make your own pledges for a more plastic-free life from now on.
Plastic Oceans UK is the charity behind the powerful documentary: A Plastic Ocean, dubbed “one of the most important films of our time” by Sir David Attenborough. By donating to Plastic Oceans through your business you’ll be contributing to their three key programmes:
Set up a donation to Plastic Oceans UK here.
Marine Conservation Society
One thing that the COVID pandemic is teaching us is that change is not only possible, but change can happen and fast. So now we know change is possible, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see companies commit to switching off the single-use plastic tap at source?
For over 30 years MCS has been the voice for the sea — for all the fascinating creatures that live beneath the waves, for our breathtaking coastal environment, for all those who make a sustainable living from the sea and for everyone who simply enjoys visiting the beach and our glorious coastline.
One of their current campaigns is a call for legislation that will see washing machine manufacturers fit microfibre filters in all new domestic and commercial machines, by law, by 2023. Clothes often contain microfibres which are made of plastic and washing synthetic clothes accounts for 35% of primary microplastics found in the environment. Filters would stop these microplastics reaching our seas.
By donating to MSC, you’ll also be contributing to their:
Set up a donation to Marine Conservation Society here.
Surfers Against Sewage
Huge plastic polluters are using the pandemic to roll back hard-won victories on plastic pollution. But we can resist their attempts to create another wave of avoidable plastic.
Surfers Against Sewage started as a response by the surfing community to the dreadful state of our beaches. Throwaway plastic pollution is the ‘new sewage’ so their priority now is to fight plastic pollution with a two-pronged approach:
Set up a donation to Surfers Against Sewage here.