Another year of the Plastic Free July Challenge has come to an end. I first want to thank everyone across Canada and the Great Lakes who participated in the challenge, your support means the world to us. We had a great time hosting the challenge and hope that everyone who participated enjoyed it as much as we did.
Thirty-one days of refusing, reducing and reusing. Thirty-one days of activities and action against plastic pollution in Canada.
Plastics are an important issue for us, as they have heavy impacts on the livelihood of the Great Lakes, the surrounding wildlife, and the health of human beings. Plastics are being found in every corner of nature around the world - and now even inside of us. Plastic pollution is a global crisis that needs action.
On July 8th, we joined other Canadian Environmental Groups in calling on Big Plastic companies to drop their lawsuit against the Canadian government. NOVA Chemicals, Dow Chemical and Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil are suing the federal government in an effort to stop the federal action plan to reduce plastic pollution. You can read our full statement here.
On July 27th, we, along with other Canadian Environmental Groups, hosted a Twitter Day of Action against Big Plastic. With over 10,000 tweets using the #PlasticFreeJuly hashtag, we trended on Twitter in Canada and made sure to let NOVA Chemicals, Dow Chemical and Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil how we felt about their #trashytactics.
We did a lot this Plastic Free July.
Whether you hosted a plastic free picnic, organized a community litter pick up event, or learned more about plastics through a book or movie - I hope you enjoyed the activities and learned something new. If you missed any of the activities — don’t worry! You can still access the calendar & all of its resources here.
But hey — just because Plastic Free July is over doesn’t mean that action against plastic stops here. Keep it going!
What can you do?
Stay up-to-date with plastic pollution action!
- Check out your municipal or county website to find out what they are doing. Make note of the issues you encountered in July and contact your municipal leaders to get them addressed!
- Follow us on social media: Facebook & Twitter
- Sign up for our Ozone newsletter to stay up to date with action and news in Ontario.