Today (Feb 21st) is worldwide Plastic-Free Day


Image source: Mother Nature Network

We’ve all seen images like this one; sometimes online and sometimes in person. We know plastics are a problem. What can we do about it? Well here’s an idea.

Did you know that February 21st (today) is Worldwide Plastic-Free Day? What would a day without plastic look like? The makers of this challenge are not suggesting you dump all those Legos and not use your smart phone. Afterall, I couldn’t even share this challenge and you couldn’t read it if we truly didn’t touch plastic today, since almost everything we use to access the internet has plastic in it.  But, what if you consciously abstained from bringing any more plastic into your life for this one day?

Here’s the challenge:

  • Don’t purchase ANYTHING made of plastic on this one day
  • Just say no ‘to single-use plastics’ like cups, stir-sticks, grocery bags, water bottles, etcetera.
  • Avoid using any products containing microplastics and plastic microfibers (this potentially includes bath beads , face scrubs containing microbeads and even fleece clothing)
  • Bring along replacements for single-use plastics: your own reusable coffee mug, water bottle, eating utensils and yes, your own straw! (You can get paper, reed or even metal straws these days)


Worldwide Plastic-Free Day is organized by Broadreach, an education-based company located in North Carolina, in the United States. Want to take the pledge today? Sign up here.

Perhaps you are just reading this post now and the day is half over. You could still take the challenge tomorrow or the day after that and experience what a day without new plastics would be like.

Source: Mother Nature Network website

During our Hague celebration of Earth Day 2018 (Saturday, April 21st, 2018), two Italian expats will be giving a workshop on how to move toward a waste-free lifestyle. Follow our blog for updates!



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