Each year the City promotes PLASTIC FREE JULY – an international campaign to raise awareness about the abundance of single use plastic in our every day lives and to challenge individuals to make small changes to reduce their use of single use plastics.
Challenge yourself to make a few changes for the month of July and consider continuing the habit after the month is over!
2. Learn more! Visit the Downtown Library and pick up a book on low waste living, reducing plastic use, and a wide variety of other environmental topics. Look for the table display or search the catalogue!
3. Go the next steps! Are you already using reusable straws, cups, and bags? Want to learn more about plastic pollution and individual actions that can help? Join the Office of Sustainability and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for a webinar!
Beyond the Bag: Next Steps to Reduce Plastic Waste
4. Learn about the safety of reusable items and COVID-19. These days we are all more cautious than usual in ways we may be vulnerable to spreading disease. Single use items are not always the answer! Reusable masks can be used safely and reusable items, if properly washed and limited contact, can be used just as safely as disposable products. Do what makes you most comfortable, but according to health experts in a statement released in early July, both disposable and reusable items share a similar and low risk for disease transmission. When using reusable items precautions can be taken to make them as or more safe than disposables such as making sure they are properly washed and instituting no-touch practices for reusable items being brought in from the outside. Read the full statement.