These young people are all leading by example to eliminate single-use plastics. Here’s why you should follow them to start your plastic-free journey.
It’s only when you start trying to get away from plastic that you realise it’s literally everywhere.
Plastic in your fridge, plastic in your bathroom cabinet, plastic upon plastic tangled together in the shameful little cupboard you hide all those disposable bags in. This is a world of plastic now. We’re ruled by single-use packaging, and there’s nothing human beings can do to stop it.
Except, no! This is not the end!
Because while our everyday lives have been invaded by the slightly useful yet infinitely wasteful pollutant, there are people out there who are putting up a fight.
You can call them activists, influencers, or simply good citizens. They’re from all over the world, a band of like-minded young people who are not only leading by example on living life with less plastic, but who also happen to be quite good at social media too.
Which is pretty ideal combo — because this week, Global Citizen launched #MoveTheWorld Mondays, a campaign to drive people to take action to defeat poverty and defend the planet. And this Monday’s action was all about reducing plastic pollution.
It works like this: every Monday, we’ll be shouting about a different issue that we’d love for you to lend your voice to.
Right now, we’re asking you to take the “plastic-free pledge” to reduce your everyday consumption. The world currently produces around 300 million tonnes of plastic every year — and we want people to start making a dent in these colossal numbers.
There’s all sorts of ways you could get started, from making a decision to only buy plastic-free products to shopping at zero-waste stores. But enough from us — if you really want a revolution against our tyrannical plastic overlords, you should start where all the fun uprisings truly begin: TikTok!
Here’s the people we think you should be following to feel inspired to start your plastic-free journey, crowdsourced from staff at Global Citizen who spend way too much time online.