Choose to Refuse: Celebrating Plastic Free July in Your Business
Imagine a world without plastic! The first day of July is the beginning of the #PlasticFreeJuly campaign led by the Plastic Free Foundation. Each year, millions of people around the globe take the challenge by choosing to refuse single-use plastics.
Plastic Free July is an exciting opportunity to consciously eliminate the use of plastic from your business and daily life for an entire month. You can pick one disposable item to avoid ie. water bottles or eliminate the use of plastic all together. The choice is yours. Plasticfreejuly.org is a wonderful resource that lists many helpful tips to get you started.
So what exactly can you do to reduce single-use plastic in your business?
• Refuse single-use plastic products and packaging in your business.
• Move away from single use plastic cutlery, straws, cups, water bottles, etc.
• Create signage and regular communication to help staff and customers avoid single-use plastics.
Le Lagoto Resort and Spa is a successful example of a completely single-use plastic-free business. Located in the Pacific Island nation of Samoa on the big island of Savai’i. The call to action came in this tropical environment to stray away from plastic was when the Samoan government addressed the growing issue of plastic pollution and enforced a ban on single-use plastics including plastic bags and straws creating a plastic free paradise.