Are you ready to go the extra step and put your plastic reduction commitment in writing and action? Show yourself and the world you are serious and ready to walk your talk. Inspire yourself. Inspire others. Take a pledge
Here's a quick overview of a few of the key pledges out there here...
Intrepid blogger extraordinaire, Beth Terry of the My Plastic-Free Life blog, challenges you to learn from your waste... Do you know your plastic footprint?What can we learn about our habits and lifestyles by examining our waste? And what changes can each of us make to leave the planet a little less trashy?
Join others from around the world. Collect your plastic waste (both recyclable and non) for one week or more. Then photograph, tally, and post it on the Plastic Trash Challenge page at Beth's site. Compare your results with folks from all over the world and put yourself on the map.
Take the Challenge here.
The Plastic Pollution Coalition asks you to Pledge to REFUSE single-use and disposable plastics. Disposable plastics are the greatest source of plastic pollution. Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. REFUSE disposable plastics today!
REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible. Choose items that are not packaged in plastic, and carry your own bags, containers and utensils. Say 'no straw, please.'
REDUCE your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don't buy it.
REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.
RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.
Take the Pledge here.
A promise for every ocean gyre on the planet... 5Gyres asks you to Promise to:
Bring your own water bottle, mug, utensils and reusable bag.
Say "No Plastic Straw Please" when you dine out.
Buy what’s in the least amount of plastic packaging.
Pick up 5 pieces of plastic pollution you see littered whenever you're out.
Engage family, businesses and co-workers to make this promise too.
Make the Promise here.
Surfrider Foundation asks you to rise above plastics by taking the following Pledge:
I commit to do my part to rise above plastics and protect the world's oceans, waves and beaches from plastic pollution. I will do this by:
- Using reusable bottles for my water and other drinks. By using just one reusable bottle, I will keep 167 single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment.
- Using cloth bags for groceries and other purchases. For each reusable bag I use, I will save approximately 400 plastics from being used.
- Recycling the plastic bags and bottles I already have. For every thirteen plastic bags I don't use, I will save enough petroleum to drive a car one mile.
Take the Pledge here.