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July 2, 2019

The Plastic-Free Guidebook we All Need this July. ~ Kate Nelson


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This month we vote with our dollars.

Think of the message we are sending this month to product manufacturers, when we leave their plastic on the shelves.

Imagine the economic impact, when not one of us buys plastic wrappers, bottles, or packaging.

Plastic is ubiquitous because we were told that it makes our life easier, more convenient. It packages our food to keep it “fresh” and our products because it’s lightweight.

This was true at first. And, in many applications it still certainly makes things easier—in the short-term. But, we now know that this convenience is catching up with us.

In more ways than one.

We’ve all seen the horrifying plastic pollution plaguing our planet.

We are realising that recycling plastics never worked.

Gradually evidence is coming out that show how plastics leach and contaminate our food and products, and slowly poison our bodies.

How do we stop this at the root of the problem?

>> We demand better packaging.
>> We demand systems that allow us to bring reusables.
>> We demand stores that offer refills.
>> We vote against single-use plastics when we do not buy it.
>> We vote for the better option with our dollars.
>> One whole month of us supporting local makers, naked foods, regenerative farmers, or just saying “no thanks” on plastics for this month.

So that’s your pep talk!

Let us make our boycott on plastics be felt. Recruit your friends, set up an accountability team, and set a prize for who makes it the entire month.

If you want to win my prize, follow me on Instagram here for updates on how to win.

Quitting plastics isn’t always completely doable if you don’t have access to bulk food or farmer’s markets. Or if you’ve got a big fam or little time.

Please share your version in the comments. Telling your authentic story is important for us to have an inclusive, wide perspective on this issue and it allows us to tighten our community through supporting each other!

Do your best and be sure to comment where you need help.

Good Luck!


Be sure to download my free Plastic-Free July Guidebook!

author: Kate Nelson

Image: plasticfreemermaid / Instagram

Image: plasticfreemermaid / Instagram

Editor: Julie Balsiger

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Kate Nelson

Kate is an avid water woman, magical mermaid, and yogi goddess inspiring activism online as Plastic-Free Mermaid. She has been disposable plastic free for 10 years and teaches her lifestyle, environmental activism, and deep ecology via courses, social channels, and mermaid retreats. You can connect with her on Instagram.