People all around the world are giving up plastic. The plasticfree movement is everywhere and is growing! People are increasingly standing up against plastic.
Just this weekend I stumbled upon this blog post by Lisa from Sweden. She decided to start plastbanta, literally: plastic dieting. I love how she has made a three step plan to phase out the plastics from her home. Like her, I also recently discovered the Swedish Facebook group called plastbanta. It has almost 3,000 members! The place is thriving with new comments and questions. It’s fantastic to see how many people actively choose to consume and waste less plastic and on their journey help others to find plastic-free alternatives too!
While a plasticfree diet is fantastic, it is ambitious. To make things a little less daunting, we would love to introduce more people to Plastic-Free Tuesday. It’s a no-strings-attached one-day challenge. Nonetheless, it might be a life changing one.
By not consuming or wasting plastic for a day you quickly get an idea of the omnipresence of plastic. What’s more, trying to find plastic-free alternatives opens a whole new world. When I first started to take tallies of the plastic waste in our household and step by step banned plastic from my life, it got me thinking about things I had never thought about before.
I wondered how food, personal care, and other products are made and learned how to bake my own bread (even Swedish knäckebröd, made of sourdough!), cook my own beans (instead of buying in cans), and ferment my own pickles. Besides gaining various cooking skills, I also discovered some new local shops, met new people, learned about healthy foods, and saved some money here and there. And yes, on the way I also help save several environmental problems, including plastic soup, lack of resources, climate change, pollution, sick animals, and many more.
And it all started with some news articles about plastic. I and the rest of the PFT team hope that more people will test a plasticfree life for a day. It surely adds a whole new dimension to your carrots, tea, and toothpaste.
Swedes and Spanish speaking world: Here we come!
To reach even more people, our designer has produced a Swedish and a Spanish edition of the Plastic-Free Tuesday campaign poster. Please help us spread the word! Plastic-Free Tuesday can be a global movement with YOUR help. Please download (right click and save) and print one or more posters (they are great in A3 and A4) and hang them in your library, university, shop, classroom, hospital waiting room, window, and on the streets like Gerda did. You can find her tips on where and how (use plasticfree glue!) to put the posters up here. The posters are also available in English, Dutch, German, and Romanian.
If you put up a poster, please take a picture and share it with us. Leave a comment or share your poster experience on social media, using #PlasticFreeTuesday. Together we can make a difference. One day at a time.
Help us design more posters!
We would love to receive YOUR input regarding text in your language. It doesn’t need to be a literal translation of the English or Dutch editions. Most important is that it fits local culture and habits, and that the posters really get people thinking about their plastic consumption. Leave a comment below or send us an email through info at the_name_of_our_website dot com.