The Plastic Free July Challenge

06 Jun 2019 The Plastic Free July Challenge

I'm drowning a little at the moment with a film on the way while I manage fair food forager, so this blog is pretty much being written live. So I'll just say one word...


Actually I can’t only say one. This thing, this substance, it’s a nightmare and I guess its also pretty amazing.

The long history of plastic dates back to the 1800’s with different forms of plastic being invented all through that century. Not until the hard Bakerlite form was it ready for production and early as 1907. Neoprene, nylon, polyester and polystyrene production gets going in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Though it was only 70 years ago that the idea of single-use plastic started to become a reality and many of the crazy things we see today were not common place until about 40 years ago. 

Bakerlite phone 1930's

I’d say about 20 years ago people started talking about it becoming a problem and I personally started noticing it everywhere approximately 15 years ago. 

The good news is that in the last 2-5 years the issue really has been growing in momentum and recently I feel like I'm hearing about either the issue or possible solutions almost everyday. 

So with Plastic Free July this year set to be the biggest one yet, I'd like to ask; what are your plans to reduce plastic use? Will you be tackling the common things that you think will be easy to eradicate for the month and forever or are you keen for a big test?

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Team Fair Food Forager and Peloton Against Plastic started thinking about what would be the really hard to avoid things? 

Veggies that come in plastic? No just buy loose and take your own bag

Straws? No just don’t use one or choose somewhere with reusable options

Chocolate and chips? No, paper options or no options

Single-use coffee cups? No, sit down, swap and go or bring your own

Plastic bottles? No, go for glass or avoid it all together

Shopping single-use plastic free is the best!

But what about the really hard ones?

  • Ordering something online and it come in plastic?
  • Buying furniture or appliances and all that packaging?
  • Cheese?
  • Pasta?
  • Toothpaste?
  • Nuts and dried fruit?

Its got to get easier surely, but I’m just wondering what is the thing that just does your head in when it comes to plastic packaging? Can we challenge ourselves to beat that thing this year?

Paul Hellier - Founder

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Pre book your tickets to the Peloton Against Plastic rounding out this Plastic Free July, set for release July 31 at cinemas everywhere.

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