Plastic Free July 2022

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. The challenge is designed to support you, your community, or your school, in reducing single use plastics throughout  the month of July.

There are resources and ideas online to help you get involved, plus take the quiz to be part of their research.  Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Read more , get inspired and take action ! 

The power of art: Ice lollies highlight Taiwan’s contaminated waterways

How do you consider the role of art in transmitting powerful messages to the public?  These “Plastic popsicles” are a great example how the visual arts can engage a broader public in issues of water pollution.

Students from New Taipei City collected samples from urban rivers, creeks and ports which they then froze in moulds and preserved in resin. ‘We hope when more people see this they can change their lifestyles,’ they said.

Credits: theguardian.com
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Myths & Little-Known Truths About Recycling

Recycling can be complex: Some people are uncertain about how it helps the planet, while others consider it a waste of time, money and energy.

Nonetheless, things have changed in the last years. More and more industries are trying to reduce their wastes and consumer behavior has shifted. Greater emphasis is now on reducing, reusing, and recycling, as people are becoming more conscious of the world’s waste problem.

Yet still, misconceptions remain. This article sheds light on six popular myths.

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Breaking Boundaries: Take a Step for the planet

This user-friendly platform presents a series of concrete steps we can take to have a positive impact for the planet. The process is simple. You choose a step and the level of commitment that works for you. You give yourself a month to try it. Then you track your progress by adding “steps” to the course of this global effort to cut down our CO2 emissions.

https://breakingboundaries.count-us-in.com/steps

Plastic waste and recycling in the EU: facts and figures

Plastic production has grown exponentially in just a few decades and so did the amount of plastic waste. The EU is already taking measures to reduce plastic waste, but what happens to the waste that is generated despite all efforts? And how can recycling rates be increased? Sadly, less than a third of plastic waste in Europe is recycled.

Find out more facts and figures on plastic waste and its recycling in the EU in this infographic of the European Parliament. Read more.