Take the ‘Plastic-Free Day’ Pledge on Feb. 21st!
By Ladye Jane Vickers, Broadreach HQ
Sign up here to take the Feb. 21 Plastic-Free Day pledge.
Last June we posted photo on Instagram in which we challenged our community to make five conscious decisions not to use plastic that day. If all of our Instagram followers at the time each made just five deliberate decisions not to use a piece of plastic they normally would have (like using a straw, getting a plastic bag at the grocery store, buying something with plastic packaging, etc.), that the one day would result in over 26,000 PIECES OF PLASTIC that wouldn’t make it’s way into our landfills, onto our beaches and into the stomachs of wildlife. Also putting it out to our Facebook community added the potential of another 234,000 PIECES OF PLASTIC not being used. Our community’s response and participation was fantastic, and we’re grateful for everyone that shared the message and took part!
But now, we need to go bigger than our own Broadreach community, who is already made up of eco-conscious individuals. From microplastics creeping their way into our food to the giant plastic and trash gyres in the oceans, we all have to be more proactive about raising awareness of our plastic usage and ways that we can reduce, or even eliminate, plastic consumption. This is where you come in! We are declaring Feb.21 as PLASTIC-FREE DAY, a day in which we will generate ZERO plastic waste. The Broadreach HQ is taking a #plasticfreeday pledge not to use and single-use plastics or purchase anything plastic that day, and we want you to join us. We also want your friends, family and online community to join us, too.
HOW TO HAVE A PLASTIC-FREE DAY ON FEB.21:
- Do not use any single-use plastics like straws, cups, grocery bags, product packaging, wrappers, etc.
- Don’t purchase anything made of plastic, obviously.
- Stay clear of products containing microplastics and plastic microfibers.
- Bring your own utensils with you if you’re planning to eat out somewhere without silverware.
- Carry a reusable water bottle and travel mug with you to avoid plastic bottles and coffee cup toppers, etc.
Let’s see how big we can make this, how many individuals and businesses we can get to participate and how many pieces of plastic we can keep out of circulation. In order for this to make an impact, we need you to not only participate, but to encourage as many others as possible to join you in doing so. UPDATE: A few people who have already pledged shared with us why Plastic-Free Day is important to them, and their answers are pretty inspiring.
HERE’S WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO:
- Take the pledge with us not to use plastic on Feb.21st!
- Sign up here to let us know you’re going plastic-free. We want to track where and how many people participate!
- SHARE THIS ARTICLE to help us get the word out about Plastic-Free Day. Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your mailman, tell that Facebook friend you went to high school with but haven’t seen in five years. The more people participating, the more plastic that isn’t used.
- Use #plasticfreeday when you share a plastic-free decision on social media Feb.21 so we can follow along on everyone’s day and share!
While one concentrated day of plastic-free decisions is a good step in raising consciousness and reducing the amount we use, here’s a good resource for ways to further eliminate the amount of plastic used in daily life. It’s our hope that one day of deliberate plastic-free choices will help lead to people making more conscious decisions to reduce plastic usage in the future. Even for those of us who are already very conscious of our plastic consumption, the symbolism and camaraderie in participating goes a long way in encouraging others to do so.
According to EcoWatch, the average American throws away 85 lbs. of plastic per year. NPR just put out a story about how plastic pollution is killing our coral reefs. Let’s do something about it.
So, who’s with us?
Ladye Jane Vickers is the Creative Director at Broadreach. If she’s not designing our brochures and gear, working on the website or doing our social media, she’s probably at the dog park with her retired racing greyhound, Shug.