• Sammy Melnick

Plastic Free July – Be Part of the Solution

The zero-waste movement goes on every day — but if there's any time to get started, it's now. For the entire month of July, people all over the world will take part in Plastic Free July, a global challenge to reduce personal consumption of single-use plastic.  It's meant to show that Plastic Free July isn't about perfection (and neither is the zero-waste movement), so don't let the fear of not being perfect hold you back from trying. Instead, it's all about reducing plastic in a way that works for your lifestyle... consider ways to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use plastics.

The global initiative has grown significantly over the years. Among its targets are stopping the waste of plastic single-use drink bottles, cups, packaging items, straws and plastic bags. The campaign encourages users to replace them with reusable objects.

Here are some of the ways to go plastic-free in July—and after:

  • Take reusable water bottles to stay hydrated when leaving home.

  • Bring reusable bags to the market.

  • Reuse plastic bags to pick up pet waste or take plastic bags to recycling drop-off points.

  • When ordering delivery or take-out, refuse single-use flatware and reuse containers.

Join our global movement to reduce plastic pollution. Discover solutions and ideas to help you reduce plastic waste in your home and community.

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Planet First Foundation is an environmental nonprofit  charity that is committed to reducing reliance on single-use plastics in increasing recycling to reduce our footprint.

Founded in the United States in 2019 by Samuel Melnick, Planet First Foundation is focused on becoming one of the most effective organizations targeting a reduction of the excess creation of non-recyclable waste.  Scientists have long recognized that plastics biodegrade slowly, if at all, and pose multiple threats to wildlife on land and in oceans through entanglement and consumption.  More recent reports highlight dangers posed by absorption of toxic chemicals in the water and by plastic odors that mimic some species’ natural food.


Our task is not an easy one ... Between 1989 and 1994 the beverage industry spent $14 million to defeat the National Bottle Bill.  But plastic ends up buried underneath tons of trash.  Its harmful toxic chemicals  leach into the ground and into groundwater potentially contaminating drinking water supplies, rivers, streams, and eventually the ocean.

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