Plastic Free July inspires consumers around the world to reduce their use of single-use plastics, but it also encourages long-term change.

Victoria A.F. Camron, Digital content specialist

July 21, 2023

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The Plastic Free Foundation created Plastic Free July in 2011 as part of its mission to create a world free of plastic waste.

By reducing plastic waste, the world's streets, communities, oceans and lands will be cleaner, making the planet and its occupants healthier.

"Around the world, people are concerned about the growing plastic pollution problem and Plastic Free July is an opportunity for everyone to take action," Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, co-founder and managing director of Plastic Free Foundation, said in a statement released by Greenworlder.

"By sharing ideas and solutions we can take small steps together that can add up to make a big difference. Through this partnership we are delighted to connect our communities to build a community of changemakers taking action for a world without plastic waste."

During Plastic Free July in 2022, 140 million people committed to reducing their consumption of single-use plastics, with 86% of them creating habits to use less plastic.

Through One Step Closer, the natural products industry can collaborate to create compostable and renewable packaging options. It creased the Innovation Portal to support this systemic change.

Click through the gallery to find personal care products that will help your shoppers reduce their own consumption of single-use plastics.

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About the Author(s)

Victoria A.F. Camron

Digital content specialist, New Hope Network

Victoria A.F. Camron was a freelance writer and editor contracted with New Hope Network from 2015 until April 2022, when she was hired as New Hope Network's digital content specialist—otherwise known as the web editor.

As she continues the work she has done for years—covering the natural products industry for NewHope.com and Natural Foods Merchandiser; writing up earnings calls and other corporate news; and curating roundups of trends and information for the website—she is thrilled to be an official part of the New Hope team. (She doesn't mind having paid holidays and vacations again, though!) Victoria also compiled and edited newsletters, and served as interim content director for Delicious Living in 2016.

Before working as a freelancer, she spent 17 years in community newspapers in Longmont, Colorado, and St. Charles and Wheaton, Illinois. Victoria is a Colorado native and a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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