Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is challenging people to go single-use plastic free in the month of June for as long as possible, be it a day, days or the whole month.
Single-use plastics are among the most persistent synthetic materials in existence and are now a significant and extensive marine pollutant.
MCS’s month-long campaign, The Plastic Challenge, which runs throughout June aims to change people’s attitudes towards single-use plastics particularly, as well as act as a fundraising initiative to help “save our seas”.
More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in the world’s oceans and seas every year. The plastic is frequently mistaken for food by fish and birds, causing damage to life throughout the seas.
MCS said: “The Plastic Challenge isn’t all about living completely plastic free – in this day and age that would be pretty near impossible.
“We [MCS] are challenging people to give up their lifestyle of convenience, giving up their pre-packed sandwiches, their ready meals and their drinks on the go during the challenge. We want to change people’s attitudes towards single-use-plastics, and to encourage people to just buy what they need.
“People taking on the Plastic Challenge are often shocked to find out just how much single-use plastic is used every day.”
Anyone wanting to take part in The Plastic Challenge, can sign up for a fundraising pack via MCS’s website. The downloadable pack includes tips and ideas for living plastic free, as well as posters and tips for fundraising.
The Plastic Challenge is also a good resource for anyone wanting to share information on going single-use plastic free including where to find salad leaves that aren’t packaged in plastic.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com