MCS UK Challenges People To Get Through July Without Using Single-use Plastic
For the sixth year running, the UK's Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is challenging the public to avoid single-use plastic during the month of July.
More than 9.000 people took part in the 2018 challenge and the MCS is hoping that even more will take up the Plastic Challenge in 2019 to raise awareness and help to combat the threat to our environment posed by plastic. At least half of the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into the world's oceans every year consists of single-use plastics. Bottles, bags and other such disposable items are regularly found in the stomachs of sea creatures including birds, turtles and whales, which in some cases have been killed by the plastic they have ingested.
'We know that it’s pretty much impossible to live completely plastic-free, but there are ways to reduce your plastic footprint and we hope that by throwing down this challenge it will focus minds on trying to ditch as much of the single-use stuff as possible,' said Erin O’Neill, MCS Digital Editor, who is coordinating the Plastic Challenge for the charity. 'So, it’s time to think about all types of single-use plastic, much of which we don’t even recognise anymore as it’s become just everyday "stuff".'
MCS says that people taking on the Plastic Challenge are often shocked to discover just how much single-use plastic they use on a daily basis, and for many people, the month has been the start of a lifestyle change. Among the hardest things people have found to replace are milk containers, dried goods such as pasta, rice and pulses, toilet paper and toothpaste, but Erin assures people that there is plenty of assistance available.
'Our website offers all sorts of tips and advice and during the month of July. You can follow our social media feeds to get tips from other Challengers, share your wins, however small, or just see what lengths people are going to when trying to cut down. However long you last – an hour, a day, a week or the whole month – we’d love to know you’re out there, giving it a go.'
For a detailed guide on eliminating plastic from your daily life, check out the MCS Book 'How To Live Plastic Free – a day in the life of a plastic detox', available to purchase from the MCS store or on Amazon. For more information visit www.mcsuk.org/news/MCS-Live-Plastic-Free-Book