Find your tribe
Being a part of a group of like-minded people can be a great way to stay motivated throughout the Plastic Free July challenge. You can also share solutions and ideas!
What you can do
Join (or create) a group of like-minded people in your community during Plastic Free July.
How you can do it
Finding your tribe can really help you to stay motivated to avoid single-use plastic. It’s great to have like-minded people you can bounce ideas off, share challenges with, and discuss ways that you can continue to grow your impact!
Before you go hunting for a group to join, have a chat with your family, friends, and colleagues about Plastic Free July. You never know, there could be people already in your life who want to make changes to reduce plastic waste. Almost everyone wants to do the right thing for the environment. For some it’s about protecting marine life, others want to reduce litter, many want to reduce our eco-footprint or just waste less, and just about all of us need some ideas and motivation to get started.
You can also go beyond your immediate circle by doing a shout out on social media. It can be through a post, or by changing your profile picture to include our Plastic Free July frame, to show others that you’re participating in the challenge.
To find a group to join (either by yourself or with your newly-enlisted friends), check out local buy-nothing groups, bulk food stores, meetups and community gatherings. Many communities already have established groups, that most likely would be happy to have another member on board.
Taking the next steps
Finding your tribe is one thing, gathering them is another. To get the most out of a group, many people organise a hang out at a park, local cafe, community centre, or wherever works for you. Together, you can discuss ideas for reducing plastic at home and in your community.
Engaging with your local government, shops, school or community groups is a great way of sparking change. You’ll be more effective when you share solutions to reducing plastic waste and can show that a group of like-minded individuals are adopting these ideas.
- Connecting with like-minded people can help turn an idea from inception to action, and make refusing single-use plastic easier to do and easier to inspire with others.