Nearly 120 million people in 177 countries are participating in Plastic Free July, but what is it? Today we’re diving into what you need to know about PFJ and why should you care about this internet challenge. I’ll give you 3 different ways to participate and a big ol‘ note on medical waste I think everyone and their mother needs to hear. Plus, we’ll discuss the sustainable living basics for small space dwellers and how to make July a really rewarding month rather than a sacrifice.

Mentioned on the Show:

LP Totes: Use as a grocery bag or purse
Bamboo Joe Cup: Basically indestructible, always gets compliments
Straw Top Water Bottle: Insulated, straw tops never spill & you drink more
Stainless Lunch Containers: No Spills, 3 sizes
Glass Lunch Containers: For lunches or leftovers you heat up
Stasher Bags: Snackers rejoice, a reusable ziplock
Rags: Forget paper towels
Grocery Bag: Easily washable, super neutral

➜Interested in signing up for Plastic Free July and want to make it official? You can sign up here to get weekly emails with tips etc. to keep you accountable and part of a larger movement. Plastic Free Coalition also has great info.

➜This albatross was found with 12.2 ounces of plastic in his stomach, which starved him before ending his life. The photo of his belly overflowing with trash is pretty damning. (Photos from the Ocean area of the DC Natural History Museum.)

This photo, also from the DC Natural History Museum, is also worth sharing.

➜BBC piece on plastic in Wet Wipes– Did you know these wipes were causing such a huge sanitation issue? BBC also has a really good IGTV on the topic (but you can’t view IGTV on the computer, so head to their insta to see it).

➜The Pacific Garage Patch is hard to really imagine how huge it is. It is currently more than 2x’s the size of Texas, that’s about 1.6 million square kilometers in size — up to 16 times bigger than previous estimates.

Ps. Did you know you can listen on both iTunes & Spotify?

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