Join us for this month of education, engagement, action and prayer as we examine the crisis that plastics are creating for our environment. Every day in July, we invite you to join us in an action–either a short educational piece or an activity to complete. You won’t need more than five minutes for each, and we hope it will inspire deeper ecological awareness and conversion.
We will be posting about the daily calls to action on our social media accounts and using the hashtag #PlasticFreeJuly. Some of our daily posts will feature videos of sisters and associates who have made changes in their plastic consumption. If you use Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, you can help this online campaign reach more people by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.
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🎞️ Watch the video Open Your Eyes 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
Jeff Bridges and the Plastic Pollution Coalition open our eyes to the immensity of the plastic crisis.
🎞️ Watch the video Breathe This Air 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
In this video from the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Sharon LaVigne of Rise St. James highlights the intersections of racism and plastic pollution.
📰 Read the report Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
This report examines each of these stages of the plastic lifecycle, major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, sources of uncounted emissions and uncertainties that likely lead to underestimation of plastic’s climate impacts.
✍️ Take the Plastic Pollution Pledge
The Plastic Pollution Coalition invites you to take the 4 Rs Pledge to refuse, reuse, reduce, and recycle.
📰 Watch the video The Story of Plastic: Where Your Recycled Plastic Ends Up 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
Where does your plastic recycling go after you toss it in the bin? You might be surprised!
🛒 Review our Eco-Product List
What action can I take today to reduce my consumption of single-use plastic? Look through our list of products compiled by our sisters that can help you reduce your usage of plastic in the first place, and see if you see a change you’d like to make.
Check these resources out for a more in-depth look at our plastics problem. As You Sow has produced a webinar and an extensive report that highlights the oversupply of plastic production capacity over the global need, important new studies about plastics and biodegradable plastics and the perspective from communities organizing to stop plants from locating or expanding in their area, including information about Formosa Plastics.
🎞️ Watch the video The Story of Plastic (Animated Short) 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
This four-minute animated documentary from The Story of Stuff takes a sweeping look at the human-made crisis of plastic pollution and its impact on the health of our planet.
🎞️ Watch the video Plastic Soup: The biggest soup in the world! 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
This humorous one-minute video highlights how much plastic we are consuming.
91% of plastic is never recycled. If you are concerned about plastic pollution, then click here to contact your Congressional leaders and urge them to co-sponsor and support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021. An additional option is to send a letter to your local newspaper, urging your community to support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act.
🎞️ Watch the video How microplastics affect your health 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
This video from the United Nations Environment Programme shows why we should gain back control over plastic in our lives.
✍️ Sign the petition No, Coca-Cola, Consumers Do NOT Want Plastic Bottles.
Sign a petition to tell Coca-Cola to sell their products in sustainable containers.
📰 Read the article Does your personal ecological conversion make a difference to the planet?
Spoiler alert! Writer Barbara Fraser argues in EarthBeat that individual actions do make a difference.
📱 Download the app My Little Plastic Footprint
This app helps you reduce your plastic footprint by going on a plastic diet with sustainable alternatives.
📰 Read and contemplate a quote from Laudato Si
Use a quick tool to send an email to your representatives asking them to pass legislation to protect our water from microplastics.
🎞️ Watch the video #BrandAudit2020 Reveals this Year’s Top Plastic Polluters 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
This short video from Break Free From Plastic reveals the top corporate plastic polluters globally to help you make informed purchasing decisions.
💻 Visit the webpage #WeChooseReuse
This website page helps you learn about four ways we can replace single-use plastic with reusable systems.
📰 Read the report The Global Commitment 2020 Progress Report
This report updates us on the progress on the Global Commitment to be completed by 2025 made by more than 500 organizations to eliminate the plastic items we don’t need; innovate so all plastics we do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled or composted; and circulate everything we use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.
🎞️ Watch the video The Story of Plastic: Manila’s Zero Waste Neighborhoods 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
Zero-waste communities, like this effort in the Philippines, are emerging around the world. Many localities are banning plastic bags or plastic foam takeout containers. Activists are pressuring manufacturers to take responsibility for the waste their products generate and to build solutions into product designs.
✍️ Tell your representatives to co-sponsor the CLEAN Future Act
We face catastrophic consequences of climate change. Click here to urge your congressional representative to co-sponsor HR 1512, The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act. This bill offers a clear path to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
🎞️ Watch the video President-Elect Biden: Be a #PlasticFreePresident 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
Urge President Biden to be a plastic-free president.
🎞️ Watch the video #breakfreefromplastic: How to do a Brand Audit 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
How you can participate in holding corporations accountable for the plastic pollution they are creating?
🎞️ Watch Trash TV
For every view of this one-minute video, Free the Ocean will remove one piece of trash from the ocean surrounding Hawai’i.
❓Answer a trivia question at Free the Ocean
For every trivia question answered, they will remove one piece of plastic from the ocean. You don’t even have to be right!
🎞️ Watch the video Break Free From Plastic to Save Our Oceans 🇪🇸 🇯🇵
The #breakfreefromplastic movement is engaging people around the world in reducing plastic in their homes, schools and communities.
📱 Check out the Marine Debris Tracker
Learn how to download and use this National Geographic app that allows you to track plastics near our waterways.
📰 Read the article Health and Environmental Impacts of Single-Use Plastic
The Plastic Pollution Coalition provides a quick overview of the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans.
📰 Read the article The Production of Plastic
Take a few moments to reflect using this Meditation on Creation from the Catholic Climate Covenant.
✍️ Sign the petition Stop plastic pollution
Join the Greenpeace campaign to break free from plastic and send a tweet when you sign on.