During the month of July, we are urged to go plastic-free, or at least reduce our use of single-use plastics, by the Plastic Free July Foundation with its vision of ridding the world of plastic waste. The website has many suggestions for reducing the plastic you use and waste. There are success stories and many resources to use to keep yourself motivated and encourage others to become involved.
This video gives a brief introduction to Plastic Free July.
In addition to this larger movement, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a young boy with his own inspiring story about what he is doing to reduce plastic waste, including working to have plastic toothbrushes banned. His name is Ned Heaton, and you can hear him talk about his project in this video.
More about Ned
Ned Heaton is a kid on a mission to reduce ocean plastics. At the age of 11 he started his own
bamboo toothbrush business, The Turtle Tribe, which he won awards for, including
Changemaker of the Year in the Be the Change Awards, and Young Entrepreneur Award in
the Youth Business Magazine. Featured on radio and television in Australia and around the
world, Ned is the youngest CEO ever mentioned in CEO Magazine.
To inspire children, their teachers and their families to take action, Ned and his father wrote a picture book called Say No to Plastic, which is available for pre-order now.