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July 2019

Join Plastic Free July: Green Living July 2019

By Meredith Keet of The Zero Shop

Join the millions of individuals and families worldwide in cutting your plastic use for Plastic Free July!  This campaign, started by the non-profit, Plastic Free Foundation, has become a global movement that is both decreasing plastic use as well as increasing awareness around plastic pollution.  What can you do?  Challenge yourself, your family, friends and coworkers to use as little plastic as possible for the month of July.  

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Get started by taking a look at where most of your plastic use come from, then brainstorm ways you might be able to avoid producing that waste.  Choose unpackaged fruits and veggies at the grocery store, refuse a plastic bag at the checkout counter, skip the plastic water bottle and bring your own reusable.  Consider packing your own lunch to take to work, bringing your own takeout container to the restaurant, dine in the next time you’re in the mood for an iced coffee and keep your reusable straw on hand so you can refuse the straw.      

Do you have to go plastic free for the whole month?  No!  Choose a day- or week-long challenge and see how you do.  Who knows, maybe you’ll want to keep going plastic free for even longer!  

Do you have to be perfect?  No!  Just do your best, share your journey with others, talk about the challenges, the successes, tips and tricks you learn along the way.  

Go to for more information or to sign up for the challenge.  

Good luck!


Going plastic free in July? Share with us on Instagram @thezeroshopsc  

Come visit us at The Zero Shop in Capitola Village for more plastic-free resources.

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