July 3, 2023
Join us in Plastic Free July!
One of the pressing issues we face today is plastic pollution, which poses a significant threat to our environment and wildlife. In support of this cause, we encourage everyone to participate in Plastic-Free July, a global movement that aims to raise awareness about the impact of single-use plastics and inspire sustainable alternatives. By taking part in this initiative, we can make a positive change for our planet and the future of our national parks.
Our commitment to plastic pollution extends beyond Plastic-Free July. We are proud supporters of the volunteer beach cleanup program at Biscayne National Park, which takes place from December through April each year. This program plays a crucial role in preserving the park’s pristine shoreline. By joining us in these efforts, we collectively remove tons of plastic from the beaches annually. Without our dedicated volunteers, this plastic would inevitably find its way back into the ocean, posing severe threats to marine life, our food systems, and the overall health of our ecosystems.
10 Ways to Participate in Plastic-Free July:
- Carry a Reusable Water Bottle: Ditch single-use plastic bottles and opt for a reusable water bottle made from stainless steel or glass. Refill it whenever needed and stay hydrated on the go.
- Say No to Plastic Bags: Bring your own cloth bags when shopping to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags. Keep a stash of reusable bags in your car or backpack for convenience.
- Do a Waste Audit: Collect your trash for a full week and see what single-use items you are using the most. Afterwards, Try and find reusable alternatives!
- Choose Sustainable Straws: Skip the plastic straws altogether or switch to reusable alternatives like stainless steel, bamboo, or glass straws. If needed, use compostable paper straws.
- BYOC: Bring Your Own Cutlery: Keep a set of reusable cutlery (fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks) in your bag or car. This way, you can avoid using plastic utensils when dining out or ordering takeout.
- Opt for Plastic-Free Toiletries: Look for personal care products packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials. Swap plastic toothbrushes for bamboo alternatives and choose bar soap over plastic bottles.
- Pack a Waste-Free Lunch: Use reusable containers and beeswax wraps to pack your meals and snacks. Avoid individually wrapped items to reduce plastic waste in your lunchbox.
- Embrace the Bulk Section: Purchase food items like grains, nuts, and spices from bulk bins using your own reusable containers or bags. This helps eliminate unnecessary packaging waste.
- Rethink Food Storage: Replace plastic food storage containers with glass jars or stainless steel containers. They are more durable, eco-friendly, and can be easily recycled.
- Spread Awareness: Share your plastic-free journey on social media or with friends and family. Encourage others to join the cause by explaining the detrimental effects of plastic pollution and suggesting alternatives.