No Plastic Challenge: 15 eco-friendly actions to reduce plastic pollution

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The second edition of the No Plastic Challenge will begin on 22 May. Organised by the NGO No Plastic in my Sea, the event sets out to encourage members of the public to adopt 15 eco-friendly actions to reduce their consumption of plastic.

The fight against plastic pollution: a global challenge

According to the latest IPBES report, plastic pollution has increased tenfold since 1980. It is estimated that more than 8 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the ocean each year – equal to dumping a dustbin lorry of plastic a minute – and up to 80% of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic according to UN Environment. These alarming figures call for concrete solutions to reduce land-based sources of pollution by changing the conception of the waste lifecycle to  a more circular model, and by reducing the use of plastic, particularly single-use plastics. 

The No Plastic Challenge: a citizens’ initiative

No Plastic in my Sea, the NGO behind the No Plastic Challenge, aims to  fight against all types of single-use plastic and raise people’s awareness of their “plastic impact”. The concept behind the challenge is to encourage members of the public to reduce their consumption of packaging and plastic, particularly single-use plastics, for a two-week period. During this time, 15 eco-friendly actions and alternatives to plastic will be proposed to consumers, businesses, schools and sports clubs to help them reduce their plastic impact. Images and communication kits are available on the NGO’s website.

Almost 80,000 people took part in the 2018 edition of the challenge. No Plastic in my Sea hopes to see this figure increase tenfold in 2019. The NGO will report on the campaign’s success on 8 June, World Oceans Day.

Follow the #NoPlasticChallenge on social media from 22 May! For more information, go to No Plastic in my Sea’s Facebook page and website.

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