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Why do we focus on plastic and what is the Plastic Free Challenge?

Plastic never bio-degrades and disrupts our endocrine system, and is suspected to cause cancer, infertility, and many other diseases. The Plastic Free Challenge is designed to raise awareness and promote solutions. The campaign is fueled by creative contributions and your participation. We endorse sustainability by publicly posting selfies and other clever and inspiring images to our social media feeds and inviting others to do the same. We use the hash tag #PlasticFreeChallenge to tie our community together. We lead by example and influence our circle of friends.   

WHAT?

Challenge yourself to avoid using single-use plastics during our social media campaigns and ongoing. And document your process  by posting on social media to spread the word! #PlasticFreeChallenege 

WHEN?

The initial PFC social media campaign launched on Earth Day on April 22nd, 2016. We now promote different mini-challenges throughout the year. 

HOW?

Document your creative solutions to living without single-use plastic and post them on social media using the tag #plasticfreechallenge. If you are a musician, artist, or other creative type you can show off your skills by creating a piece that highlights the mission of the Plastic Free Challenge and send it to us or tag us on social media. Learn more about Musician and Artist Challenges.

#plasticfreechallenge
@TWIOOS

WHO?

Everyone is encouraged to take the Plastic Free Challenge and to participate in our social media campaigns. We also hope to get artists, musicians, other creatives and social influencers to take the challenge to help spread the word to their followers. We share and curate original artwork, photos, memes, videos, writings and original music that can increase web traffic and inspire people towards sustainability.  

WHY?

Plastic never bio-degrades so every piece ever made lasts forever! Massive quantities of disposable plastic pose a serious threat to our health and future generations, but we can make a huge difference if we come together and act now.

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems we face as a species. Petroleum based plastics pollute the air, water, and food that we need to survive. The Plastic Free Challenge is an effort to demonstrate to the world that we do not need to rely on disposable plastics. Take the challenge by refusing single-use plastics knowing that you are acting as a positive role model and influence on others.

We ask you to document and share your personal experience of refusing single-use plastics and your use of eco-friendly alternatives. These experiences, documented with photos, videos, art and music and other creative means, can be shared on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages.

If you are a Musician or Artist and want to create content specifically for our campaign for us to promote, please review the Green Musicians and Artists page challenges or email us at plasticfreechallenge@gmail.com. 

Thank you for standing with us. Let’s lead by example and show the world what sustainable living looks like.

Once I made the choice and the effort to start avoiding single-use plastic, I became hyper aware of how much I was using. It was shocking for me. Now, with every plastic bag or spoon that I refuse, I open up conversations with people and explain why I’m choosing not to use disposable plastic. Through these efforts made by me and many others, the message has been spreading!  It is my belief that by challenging thousands of people to avoid single-use plastic, we can raise awareness, introduce bio-friendly alternatives and put pressure on politicians to legislate for a  more sustainable future.

If you want to read about what prompted me to give up using single-use plastic visit the How the Plastic Free Challenge was Born page

-Way Papa Muse

Our annual water bottle selfie campaign is July and August!

Take fun photos with your reusable water bottle to lead by example and promote sustainability.  

Post your photo publicly on social media with your own bottle and also this suggested text:

I'm taking @thePlasticFreeChallenge [best if you use a link], how about you? Let's see your reusable bottle! Post a water bottle selfie to your own wall set to public (on Facebook) with the hashtag #PlasticFreeChallenge

Maija Cantori from Ithaca NY cooling down.

 

EASY ACTION MINI CHALLENGES to help direct traffic

.Looking to get involved but don't know how to get started? These Easy Action Mini Challenges will allow the whole Plastic Free Challenge community to act in solidarity.

 Snap a selfie holding your reusable water bottle & invite your friends to do the same & use #PlasticFreeChalleng  in your post.  Check out our gallery of fun #WaterBottleSelfies from 2016 for fun and creative ideas:    www.plasticfreechallenge.org/water-bottle-selfies-2016

Snap a selfie holding your reusable water bottle & invite your friends to do the same & use #PlasticFreeChalleng  in your post.

Check out our gallery of fun #WaterBottleSelfies from 2016 for fun and creative ideas: 

www.plasticfreechallenge.org/water-bottle-selfies-2016

 Like to draw or want to get your kids excited about ecology? Draw Twioos the Turtle, the eco-superhero, making an impact!

Like to draw or want to get your kids excited about ecology? Draw Twioos the Turtle, the eco-superhero, making an impact!

#NoStrawNovember and #DontSuckDecember

Does your restaurant or pub give out plastic straws? Straws by by request only campaign.

If you own or manage a restaurant or a pub or know someone who does, simply ask them to only supply customers with a plastic straw upon request. Very few people ask for them or miss them. And as a customer remember to say #NoStrawPlease.  

You can also download and print the posters and table tents shown below from the Plastic Free Challenge public Google folder

Just click on the blue text link above, download the images you want and send to your local print shop. Table tents are 4 on a page and designed on 11x17" paper (use cardstock), and you will want to cut them in half on the white line and fold them so they stand up.

Download Straw Poster FB post.jpg

Thanks to all the celebrated with us!

On Earth Day April 22nd we celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with the Earth Day Soiree 2018 concert in Austin Texas, a benefit for Texas Campaign for the Environment. We had performances by Papa Muse, Dan Goebel, Funkapotomus & Brandon Eidson.  Plus talks by environmental organizations and Austin mayoral candidates.