It’s the start of Plastic-Free July. Research shows that between one million and two million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans annually, harming marine life, ecosystems, and even finding its way into our food chain.

This July, let’s turn the tide together! Join the global movement – #PlasticFreeJuly – and make a conscious effort to reduce your single-use plastic consumption. Every small action counts.

Nature Connect is passionate about preserving South Africa’s natural heritage. Educating youth is core to achieving this. For example, our Green Skills programme’s current cohort of river wardens recently visited the Two Oceans Aquarium and learnt about the connection between rivers and oceans, and how pollution impacts our seas and its ecosystem.

Here’s how you can participate in the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge,

  • Ditch the disposables: Invest in a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Packing your own reusable shopping bags is another simple yet impactful step.
  • Become a savvy shopper: Many everyday products come wrapped in excessive plastic packaging. Become a mindful consumer – choose items with minimal or recyclable packaging whenever possible.
  • Get creative and reduce waste: Don’t throw away those old plastic containers! Upcycle them for storage or other uses. This not only reduces waste but can be a fun and sustainable alternative.
  • Spread the word: Share your plastic-free swaps on social media and encourage friends and colleagues to join the movement. Together, we can create a powerful ripple effect of positive change!

By participating in #PlasticFreeJuly, you’re not just making a personal commitment, but also aligning yourself with a global movement for a healthier planet. 

Let’s work together to protect our natural heritage by keeping plastic out of our rivers, oceans and landfills. This July, embrace the challenge, make a conscious effort to reduce your plastic footprint and inspire others to do the same!