Do you know that the National Ordinance Prohibiting Products Harmful to the Environment (AB2019No.67) prohibits the use of single-use plastic? Find out more about this law that regulates which products are prohibited for import, the purchase, or giving away single-use plastic products.
For July, just like in previous years, the Directorate of Nature and Environment proposes a challenge for the use or purchase of plastic products. The platform
plasticfreejuly.org has the challenge to help those who want to change their daily habits of using plastic products. Advice is available on the platform on how to successfully achieve this change. It also helps you avoid using plastic products and you can choose for how long. It also includes an option where participants can set the level that they consider themselves at to take the next step. Participants can select the timeframe for which they want to be part of the challenge, either for a day, a week, or the entire month of July or even from now on. Share the link with your friends on your social media so that others can know about the challenge that you are participating in. You can consider the following tips to change or stop the use of plastic products:
- Party balloons or balloons used in fishing:
- These balloons ends up in the ocean and sea turtles and fish eats them. This is fatal for these species but also for humans as they enter into our food chain. Humans can eat seafood that contains microplastics. Research on a global level has already proven that our food already contains microplastics. It is recommended to use other types of decorations and to practice fishery more sustainably.
- Plastic soda, water, and juice bottles. Most people dispose of their empty plastic bottles after consumption. These can be reused by refilling them with tap water. Another option is also to purchase these products that come in glass bottles or carton tetra packs.
- Plastic flowers used for decorations or at a funeral. Please use fresh flowers or donate to a foundation.
- Plastic confetti also used for decoration is prohibited and can be replaced with paper confetti. Foam sheets are also plastic and can be replaced by textiles.
- Replace plastic cake boxes with cartons or re-useable boxes.
- Replace single-use face masks with reusable face masks.
- Personal hygiene products: Replace sanitary napkins with the menstrual cup. Instead of using disposable diapers, use reusable diapers, use Q-tips that have wooden or paper handles. Avoid buying plastic floss sticks and disposable shaving razors.
- Reject coffee cup lids, use your reusable coffee mug. Reject stirrers or plastic straws. There are wooden stirrers or bring your re-useable stirrer.
July is the month dedicated to creating awareness of the consumption of plastic products to help you take real action.
By accepting challenges like plasticfreejuly.org, you are helping reduce the amount of waste and pollution that will end up on the landfill at Parkietenbos and Sero Teishi.
The DNM is thanking those who have already made the change for a plastic-free world and that have accepted the challenge. Only together we can be the change and be part of the solution of reducing plastic pollution which causes serious damage to the environment and the world we live in.