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 our 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. We are most active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The larger the number of social media followers, the bigger our impact can be. Sharing is caring!
Also, please share your Plastic-Free Tuesday on social media using #PlasticFreeTuesday.
To help us spread awareness about plastic pollution, please consider hanging one of our posters at your office, school, hospital, library, or other public space. Posters are available for downloading here. If you do this, we would love to hear from you. It would be awesome if you would take a picture of it and share it with us.
We are always looking for new ideas and ambassadors to help Plastic-Free Tuesday grow. At this moment, we are looking for a Facebook manager (more information here), but we are also in need of a Pinterest manager, a Youtube manager, a graphic designer, and bloggers. We are an international team of volunteers, based in cities around the world. If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact us.
You are also welcome to visit our Dutch website www.plasticminimalism.blogspot.nl.
Don’t feed the plastic monster!