Plastic-Free Tuesday: One day a week no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.
On Plastic-Free Tuesday we don’t buy anything that is made of plastic or contains plastic. We also don’t use anything made of plastic that we have to throw away after using it. So no bananas wrapped in plastic, no plastic bags, no take-away coffee in plastic cups, and so on.
Plastic can cause harm in many ways. It clogs our oceans, injures and kills birds and marine mammals, causes air pollution when burnt, poisons our food when entering the food chain through fish, and endangers our health when we enjoy food and our environment.
Disposable plastic products are a big chunk of our household waste stream. It cost a lot of money to manage and process the waste from our daily take away coffee or the plastic bags that we use for our veggies at the grocery store. The world would be a much better place if we would spend that money on other services such as health care and education.
Alternatives to plastic are plenty. There are so many wonderful non-plastic materials out there: cotton, linen, glass, steel, wood, hemp fiber, and many more! Especially when re-used, these alternatives contribute to a healthy planet, healthy people, and healthy animals.
The benefits of having a Plastic-Free Tuesday are countless and go beyond a healthy planet. Refusing to buy or discard plastic opens your eyes to stores, products, materials, and even people that you have never seen before.
What can YOU do?
* Try to live without plastic on Tuesdays. If you find this too intimidating, simply pick one or two plastic products to avoid. Start with Tuesdays and once you get used to this new habit, add other plastic-free alternatives.
* Follow and like Plastic-Free Tuesday on social media
* Use the hashtag #PlasticFreeTuesday to share what you’re doing!
* Download one of our posters and hang it at your office, school, library, or other public space (and send us a photo!)
* Join the Plastic-Free Tuesday team! Get in touch.
You are also welcome to visit our Dutch website www.plasticminimalism.blogspot.nl.
Don’t feed the plastic monster!