Plastic Free July


How to Have a Plastic Free July

Did you know that there is a campaign that helps millions of people around the globe reduce plastic pollution? Plastic Free July is a campaign led by the Plastic Free Foundation, and each year, millions of people around the globe take the challenge and choose to refuse single-use plastics.


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In July 2018 alone, 120 million people across the globe took part in the challenge across 177 countries. Participants reduced their household waste on average by 76kg per household per year (7.6%), and contributed to a total saving of 490 million kg of plastic waste each year. Walking Mountains Science Center also began a Plastic Free July initiative specifically for Eagle County. More than 6 out of 10 of local participants are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packaged fruit and vegetables, picking up other people's litter and avoiding buying bottled water. All the little steps we take together help us to #BeBetterTogether and meet our Climate Action Collaborative goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Eagle County 25% by 2025. 

Three ways that you can participate with Plastic Free July

  1. Take the Plastic Free July challenge by signing up at, or and start out small, or really challenge yourself with the tips provided.
  2. Empower others by posting stories of how you are reducing plastic pollution.
  3. Read inspirational stories from participants reducing single-use plastic waste at home, work, or in their community. Learn about the steps they took, the challenges they overcame and lessons learnt.

Committed to Plastic Free July?

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Stephen Beane

Author: Stephen Beane