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How to prepare for plastic free July? 如何准备过一个没有塑料的7月?
The Plastic-Free Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has the mission to create a cleaner world reducing plastic waste. Through annual social media challenges, it definitely challenges participants to help to sustain the world.
The Foundation was built in Western Australia in 2011 and has grown from a few challenges’ participants to millions of participants across more than 170 countries worldwide.
This year #choosetorefuse challenge consists of giving up single-use plastic in July, are you up to it?
Let’s check how to join Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge step by step: 让我们一步一步来了解如何加入“7月零塑料挑战”：
Step 1: Sign up to the official website https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/register.html. The Foundation will email you with recipes and tips throughout July.
Step 2: Take the Pesky Plastics Quiz. It will help you understand your current situation (you can actually take the quiz twice before starting the challenge and after to see how you improved!).
步骤二：参加讨厌的塑料测试：Pesky Plastics Quiz. 它将帮助你了解你目前的情况（实际上，你可以在开始挑战之前和之后做两次测试，看看你的进步如何!）
Step 3: Take action! In this section called Action Picker, you have the opportunity to mark what you want to be different during your challenge and of course after it. For example, if you think you can avoid pre-packed veggies, mark it! You can start step by step marking a few of them or all of them and going completely plastic free. This is your choice.
步骤三：采取行动！在这个名为Action Picker的部分中，你有机会选择在挑战的过程中，当然还有之后，你想要挑战的部分。例如，如果你认为你可以避免购买预包装蔬菜，标记它! 你可以一步一步地标记其中的一些或者全部，一直到完全不使用塑料。这是你的选择。
Source: 2019 Plastic Free Foundation Limited/ 图片来源：2019 免塑基金会有限公司
Step 4: Explore their Toolbox Tab that consists of creating word of mouth: chat with other participants, ask for new environmental policies and so on.
Step 5: In today digital world, social media has a leading role. It is important to show your progress online tag @PlasticFreeJuly and use the #PlasticFreeJuly and #ChooseToRefuse hashtags. It will make other people interested or curious and you will influence positively others to join this challenge.
Now that you know how to register
START THE CHALLENGE!
Lets’ check some tips that will help you to better prepare for this amazing and environmental-friendly challenge (no need to wait July to start it!).
1. Choose No Pre-packed Veggies and Fruits/不要选择预先包装好的蔬菜和水果
Bring your own reusable shopping bag when you go to the supermarket and always prefer loose veggies and fruits that are not prepacked in plastic films.
2. Say No To Plastic Bottles/ 对塑料瓶说不
Instead of plastic bottles that produce a huge amount of waste choose reusable bottles that you can refill. Especially if you work in office that usually provides water dispensers or before going to the gym just refill it with water/juice and take it with you.
3. Reduce/Avoid Waimai / 减少或避免外卖
We all know that it is very convenient to order food at home while we are lying on our couch. But let’s not forget all the waste that the single-plastic food packaging produces. My personal suggestion is to try your best to cook at home (it is healthier and environmental friendly). If you really cannot bear the idea of cooking every day just try to reduce the frequency of the orders and prefer restaurants that provide food with simple and environmental friendly packaging.
A small tip for Elema App users: before proceeding with the payment, click on the option not need cutlery-选无需餐具so they will not deliver the single-use cutlery and you can use your own ones. As you can probably expect, there are some restaurants that do not really care and still deliver them so you can write no need to provide cutlery, thanks-请不用提供餐具 谢谢in the comment section, IT WORKS!
Source: Elema app/ 图片来源：饿了么
4. Avoid Plastic Wraps / 避免塑料包装
If you have leftover food to be wrapped or need to take sandwiches to a picnic, just simply use your lunch-box. I suggest you buy the one with cutlery already included that are also extremely convenient if you are planning to eat outside. Lunch-boxes are actually safer for eventually leaking of water or oil.
Source: Taobao/ 图片来源：淘宝
As wrap alternative, you can buy beeswax one that can be reused several times.
5. Say No To Take-Away Coffee/ Milk tea Cups / 对外卖咖啡和奶茶杯说不
When you go to Starbucks to drink your favorite soymilk cappuccino (I am sorry, I just love it!) you can actually ask if they can put it in your reusable coffee-cup. There is a lot on the market, you can buy and take it in your bag. If you forget to bring it with you but plan to stay in Starbucks for the whole afternoon, ask directly for a mug and not the take-way cup.
These are some tips that will help you to prepare for Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge but you can find out more after registering to the challenge!
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Source: 2019 Plastic Free Foundation Limited/图片来源: 2019免塑基金会有限公司