Plastic Free July and the importance of recycling in Jamaica

Petchary's Blog

It’s Plastic Free July. This is a global initiative founded by the Plastic Free Foundation back in 2011, to rid the world of plastic waste.

In our own lives, we are trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use. You know, the old “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra. This is hard. We have taken some steps: we now use wooden toothbrushes and shampoo bars and regular soap, in the bathroom, instead of picking up yet another plastic bottle in the supermarket. That’s a small gesture as a consumer, but I wish there was more we could do, and there probably is. That’s the “reduce” part. We also reuse plastic that we know cannot be recycled if we throw it away – in particular packaging of all kinds. I get angry when I see a few vegetables “packaged” quite unnecessarily in supermarkets, on a styrofoam plate covered in plastic wrap. Why?

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