So here we are two weeks in to Plastic Free July and what we know now to what we knew two weeks a go is astonishing. To start we are going to drop a few random facts.
- Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. That’s more than one million bags used every minute.
- 50 percent of plastic we use just once and throw away.
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
Those facts blew our minds but how did this all come about and how did we become aware of/get involved in Plastic Free July? Well funny you should ask! We first heard about Plastic Free July when a friend posted on his Facebook about his first day taking part in the challenge; and well… his swift and ugly defeat.
It was this post that spurred us to take on the challenge. Naive to what was in store but knowing as a mobile cafe there probably wasn’t much hope for us to succeed. What really intrigued us though was the chance to learn more, to identify what single use plastics were in our supply chain, what we could cut out, what we could reduce our reliance on and how we could better our operation.
So far we’ve learnt a lot, and in terms of single use plastic; It’s everywhere! We will be posting more details about this across the rest of July and looking to reach out to our suppliers where possible to help spread the awareness.
One very interesting fact we did come across is this existence of Redcycle, which turns soft plastics into outdoor furniture, signs and more. They have large red bins located at major supermarkets in cities across Australia. You may already be aware of their existence for recycling those plastic shopping bags. What most people don’t know is these bins can be used to recycle any single use soft plastic.
What is single use plastic?
In case you haven’t been following us or the whole plastic in July challenge a single use plastic is something that is only used once before being disposed of or recycled. Soft plastic makes up a large portion of single use plastic including plastic bags, food packaging, box liners and more.