January 

 Plastic Free Month 

In today’s world it is almost impossible to go a day without touching plastic. It seems everything is made of plastic, from single use water bottles to your phone case, it all contains plastic. While there are some reusable plastics, most plastic pollution comes from single use, challenge yourself to reduce your plastic use and join us during “Plastic Pollution Month” at “Dear Earth,”

January

 WEEK 1: 

Record how many times you touch a piece of plastic. Share on social media at the end of the week the day you touched the least amount of plastic! Use this chart to help you record everything. 

 WEEK 2: 

Now that you know how much plastic you touch a day, lets see how much you can reduce that! 

  • Buy a bamboo toothbrush (bamboo is more sustainable that plastic)

    • "Bamboo is a highly renewable, natural material that has antibacterial, antifungal properties and is biodegradable as opposed to plastic. Plastic can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade and is the leading cause of mass pollution all over the world" Why We Should Use Bamboo Instead of Plastic | Household Wonders

 WEEK 3: 

When going shopping bring a reusable bag with you, plastic bags are the most dangerous plastic that is polluted in the ocean, and has killed over 80 species. If a reusable bag is not easily accessible, simply asking to use paper bags instead of plastic is far better than using the plastic option. 

 WEEK 4: 

We know its hard not to use plastic, so what if you do use plastic? Here are some ways you can properly dispose of plastic

  • Learn what plastic is recyclable 

  • Reuse plastic bags and containers

    • If you have to use plastic try and reuse it! You can reuse plastic ice cream containers or cottage cheese containers for food storage​​​ and plastic bags can be used to pick up dog waste, or even act as recycling bins.

 Tag us in your posts @dearearthteam when participating in the challenges!