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State pushes Plastic Free July initiative

Morgan Aguilar
July 16, 2018 06:57 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Starbucks isn’t the only business working to eliminate plastic. Last week the coffee giant announced they are going to phase out plastic straws, which is becoming a trend.

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There is a global push to encourage everyone to reduce their use of plastic this month called “Plastic Free July.” In its monthly newsletter, the New Mexico Tourism Department included a link to the initiative. It started in Australia in 2011, and now millions of people in more than 150 countries participate including the United States and in New Mexico.

“This is one small step that we can do here in New Mexico to make a difference in keeping New Mexico true,” said Rebecca Latham, New Mexico Tourism Department Secretary.

Accepting the challenge means choosing to refuse single-use plastic for at least one day in July. They’re encouraging everyone to help avoid landfill waste, protect the oceans and preserve the places they love, like the land of enchantment.

“This land is a gift from our ancestors and it's really up to us to protect it and to pass it on to future generations,” said Latham. “So by encouraging New Mexicans to participate in initiatives like Plastic Free July, we're just making them more aware of things that they can do in their everyday life to protect and preserve New Mexico.”

Some of the examples they provide are more common and obvious, like carrying a reusable water bottle and bringing a reusable bag to the grocery store. Others may take some planning ahead such as getting a compostable bags to clean up after pets and choosing cleaning and cosmetic products that come in glass or cardboard instead of plastic.

Anyone up for the challenge can find more help going plastic-free here: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/  

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