Plastic-Free Tuesday goes Arabic!

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I am so happy and thankful that so many of you are helping to spread Plastic-Free Tuesday to places all across the world by sharing your experience and engaging in the conversations we have here on the website and on social media. But judging from the amounts of plastic I still see in shops and on the street (even on a Tuesday!), not everyone is aware yet of the damage plastic consumption and waste does to our health and our planet. To reach those people who still buy and throw away plastic on a Tuesday, our graphic designer has developed an awesome series of posters. And today we are launching the newest editions, in Arabic!

Not only is Arabic one of the most spoken languages in the world, it is also spoken in a region that is plagued with plastic pollution. In fact, according to a study published in Science this month, Egypt is ranked number 7 of countries with mismanaged plastic waste. Trying to do something about this, our partner Bernadette started the project Don’t Mess With Dahab when she moved to the coastal town Dahab in Egypt. Online, she shares practical tips how to live with less plastic and offline she cleans up the beaches in her town.

Face this global problem, act local!

Just last week, Bernadette collected three plastic bags full with plastic from a 200-meter stretch in a wadi near Dahab. All the trash she collected was plastic bags. There was even a KFC bag, while there is no KFC in town. Plastic travels! It ends up in waterways and oceans. Once there, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic, but it will never disappear. Plastic is becoming part of our environment. It pollutes beaches. Animals are eating it and dying from it.

Thankfully we can all easily do something about this global problem. The solution is local and starts with you and me. We can make a real difference. It all starts by not buying and thus not throwing away any plastic on Tuesday. If you want to go beyond changing your own behavior, please help us spread the word about Plastic-Free Tuesday by putting up one of our posters in your classroom, library, or grocery store.

The posters come in ten different languages. Click here to see all of them. You can easily download a pdf of the poster by right clicking on the image and selecting “save as”. They are great in A4 of A3 sizes. Below you find our newest editions. The left one is in Modern Standard Arabic and the right one in Egyptian Arabic.

Read our tips for plastic-free glue and how and where best to spread the posters. 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.

PFT Poster Arabic Modern Standard A3      PFT Poster Egyptian Arabic A3

Do you want to have the Plastic-Free Tuesday poster in your language too? Please leave a message below or find us on social media and help us translate the message! Let’s continue to work together to #StopThePlasticWasteStream. Don’t feed the Plastic Monster!

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Annemieke

In 2013, after reading yet another article about plastic soup, Annemieke started her Dutch blog Plasticminimalism where she documented her small steps towards life with less plastic. To create more awareness about the adverse impacts of our plastic consumption, she launched Plastic-Free Tuesday in spring 2014. She strongly believes that building a better world starts by changing our own behavior. Annemieke is an environmental scientist by training. She alternates living in the Netherlands, Sweden, the US, and China.

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