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If you’ve been following our social media lately, you’ve probably noticed #PlasticFreeJuly- an initiative to refuse all single-use plastic products for the entire month of July. Millions of people around the world have taken the plastic-free pledge, and we want Burlington to join in as well!

It is now believed that there are “5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea” (source)

As individuals and a community, we have the power to say NO to plastic, creating positive change with far reaching impact.

Here are four things you can do RIGHT NOW to get started:

1. Say No to Single Use Plastic Bottled Water

Single use plastic bottled water is not the "healthy alternative" for you or for the planet. Bring your own reusable bottle every time you leave the house. The same goes for your morning coffee- if you bring a reusable mug to your local coffee shop, chances are you might even save a few cents for ditching the mug, which can certainly add up. Help the planet AND save some cash -  double the benefit!

2. Eat Local

Living in the Greenbelt means we have local access to a bounty of fresh, local fruits and produce. When we shop at the grocery store, our food is often packaged in plastic wrap or containers, which we can avoid if we pick our own or shop at local farmers’ markets, bringing along or returning reusable baskets and containers.

3. BYOB- Bring Your Own Bag

There’s a reason why stores charge 5 cents per plastic bag at the checkout- they’re trying to encourage the habit of bringing reusable shopping bags.  A single reusable bag can reduce hundreds of plastic bags that end up in the landfill per person per year. Unfortunately, if you look at any lineup in the store, you’ll see that the message isn’t getting through. So be sure to keep a supply of reusable bags in your car, your bike basket, your purse, or anywhere else you won’t forget to leave them behind. If you forget to bring them along, simply say "no thanks" and carry them with you if you can. Easy action. BIG impact!

4. Skip the Straw

Straws are one of the worst offenders of single-use waste, but do we honestly need them? How many times have you been given a straw without asking for it? How many times have you immediately picked out the straw and thrown it away? How many times was that straw encased in paper waste? If you really need one, there are  alternatives available, including metal straws or your reusable water bottle with a drinkable lid.

Click here for a helpful list of 100 ways to go plastic-free.

Click here to sign the pledge for a Plastic Free July.
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Single use plastic bottled water is not the "healthy alternative" for you or for the planet.

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