Plastic Free July Challenge 3: Plastic-Free Grocery Shopping

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Plastic Free July Challenge 3: Plastic-Free Grocery Shopping

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In Weeks 1 and 2 of Plastic Free July, we learned about plastics and plastic waste. This week, we’ll focus on learning how to reduce our plastic footprint and take our sustainable waste management a step beyond recycling.

From here out, we’ll be focusing on the other “Rs” of sustainability– Rethinking, Reducing, Refusing, Replacing, and Reusing!

Our challenge for you this week is to try to avoid plastics at the grocery store. See how many of the sustainable “Rs” you can deploy while you shop to prepare a meal. Try to make this shopping trip as plastic free as possible, and let us know: Was it easier or more challenging than you thought? Which plastics were you able to avoid? Were there any plastics that were unavoidable, and why? And finally, What did you make? Be sure to share & tag us in your pictures on social media! 

 

Tip: We get it –– sometimes avoiding all plastics can be tricky. In these instances, we like to apply a “least harms” evaluation of our options: Not all plastics are created equal, so we’ll work to educate ourselves and others about which plastics are particularly harmful to the environment. We’ve created this guide to help inform your plastic consumption– if you can’t avoid it, at least you can try to minimize the most wasteful forms of plastic. Click here to download the Plastics Guide.


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Where Does Our Plastic Waste Go?

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Have you ever wondered where your plastic waste goes once it gets picked up on curbside collection day? We were curious too! For this week’s Plastic Free July discussion, we did some research to create this local guide that tracks plastic waste from our homes and businesses in Carson City on their journey. Browse the infographic below!

Where Does The Waste Go?


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DIY Presence of Plastics Audit

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Week Two of greenUP!’s Plastic Free July is centered on sources of plastic in our own lives. To aid in this weekly discussion, we have put together an at-home or at-work Plastics Audit that anyone can conduct to observe plastics in the wild!

 

Download this PDF to play along:  Presence of Plastics Audit

Don’t forget to tag us on social media with your results! @greenUPNV


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Plastic Free July

greenUP! is proud to announce our participation in Plastic Free July, an international awareness month focused on the environmental and health impacts of plastic pollution. We, the greenUP! staff, will be taking on plastic-free challenges and reflecting upon what it means to reduce plastic consumption in our lives–– We invite you to join us!

Each Wednesday in July we will be posting a greenUP! challenge to our social media pages. Play along while we learn more about the plastics dilemma, gain insight to our local plastics recycling process, and challenge ourselves with ways to reduce our plastic footprint.

Week One: Learning About Plastics

Week Two: Plastics in Our Own Lives

Week Three: Identifying and Avoiding Different Types of Plastic 

Week Four: Plastic-Free Swaps 

We are tired of seeing single use plastic pollution scattered throughout our cities, neighborhoods, and outdoor spaces. We are learning about the ways in which we contribute to the global plastic problem, and we are eager to practice and get inspired with plastic solutions. We’re using Plastic Free July as a way to challenge ourselves as individuals to reduce our personal plastic footprint, and we’re also using it as a way to recharge and energize the environmental work we do with businesses in our community. Together, we can make Nevada a cleaner and greener place. Let’s get going!

Stay tuned on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter: @greenUPNV