Plastic Free July
This month we are celebrating Plastic Free July. This promotes sustainability and making better, greener choices.
Single use plastics are incredibly harmful to wildlife and accelerate pollution in the world as they are produced using fossil fuels and are disposed of in landfill and in the ocean. They are also an unnecessary evil – we use single use plastics like straws, plastics bags, plastics cups everyday out of convenience. These can easily be avoided by using reusable straws, bags and cups which are readily available as options at most stores.
One of the most prominent forms of single use plastic are plastic bags. The center for biological diversity says,
“Birds often mistake shredded plastic bags for food, filling their stomachs with toxic debris. For hungry sea turtles, it's nearly impossible to distinguish between jellyfish and floating plastic shopping bags. Fish eat thousands of tons of plastic a year, transferring it up the food chain to bigger fish and marine mammals. Microplastics are also consumed by people through food and in the air. It’s estimated that globally, people consume the equivalent of a credit card of plastic every week,1 and it’s expected that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.”
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. Plastic Free July promotes the rejection of the use of single use plastics to work towards a more sustainable future.
Check out https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ for more info on their cause and how to get involved.
Here at Electric Works, we try our best to stick by sustainable practices such as sourcing our milk and orange juice via Our Cow Molly, which is a local dairy which uses reusable glass bottles to deliver their milk. We also encourage our clients to turn off air conditioning as much as possible in order to save power, along with encouraging less use of dishwasher in kitchenettes in order to no waste water. We also use LED lights in our building in order to waste less energy as they are more efficient.
We are always looking for more ways to be sustainable as a team and Plastic Free Month is a cause that we want to promote.