Plastic Free July

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Continuing with ways that we can strive to work towards a more Eco Church and in our own homes, another way that we can contribute is by joining in with Plastic Free July. 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. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, church and even at your local café.


The movement has inspired an estimated 326 million participants in 177 countries. You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities. You can choose to refuse single-use plastics in July (and beyond!). Best of all, being part of Plastic Free July will help you to find great alternatives that can become new habits forever. There are so many things in our everyday lives that include plastic, from the throw away plastic wrap on vegetables, fruit and meat and fish packages which can't be recycled, to bottles of condiments, drinks, shampoos and body washes. Always check the recycling information on the items before purchasing to ensure that they can be recycled as it is surprising how many can't be! Also keep the plastic caps on screwed on bottles, milk & fruit juice cartons etc when they go into the recycle bin otherwise they may not get recycled.


DID YOU KNOW?

It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million are recycled each day. This means there are on average 16 million plastic bottles a day not making their way into the recycling bin.


Visit https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ for more inspiration and ideas and take The Challenge!


Thank you to everyone that has been bringing in empty flat crisp packets, empty plastic bread bags and used blister packets of medicines for our Terracycle project supporting Burnham Care and Share. We received lots in, but there is always room for more! So don't forget to bring them and add to the boxes in the Church Porch.


We've had some great suggestions of ideas of how to make St Mary's a more environmentally friendly building, however there is still room for more ideas and initiatives, so please continue to email in to info@stmaryshitcham.org.uk, we would love to hear some ideas from our youth as well.