Photo of Bali where plastic bags are now banned

5 inspiring Ted Talks for #PlasticfreeJuly

It’s PlasticfreeJuly and we’re all looking for inspiration and motivation to avoid single use plastics for an entire month.

Here are some Ted Talks that I find inspiring. None are more than 15 minutes long so it makes for easy watching:

The economic injustice of plastic | Van Jones

So topical and so powerful. If you only watch one Ted Talk from this list, WATCH THIS ONE. Van Jones talks about the intersection of environmental protection and social justice. You will learn so much more than just about plastic waste.

Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijsen

An amazing story about passion and persistence. Melati and Isabel were only 12 and 10 years old when they started their campaign to make Bali plastic bag free. They achieved their goal and started a movement along the way.

Kicking the plastic habit | Laura Young | TEDxGlasgow

I’ve been following Laura’s journey for a couple of years now and it’s amazing what she has achieved. She started her zero waste Instagram account while studying at Glasgow university and has since racked up over 35k followers! And I love that her accent is stronger than mine… 😉

Cleaning Our Oceans: A Big Plan For A Big Problem | HAAZIQ KAZI | TEDxGateway

Absolutely amazing to see a 13-year old kid face a huge audience to share his vision for how to clean up the oceans. Chapeau!

Two adults, two kids, zero waste | Bea Johnson | TEDxFoggyBottom

No zero waste Ted Talk collection can ever be complete without the Godmother of the movement – Bea Johnson. It’s clean, it’s polished, it’s passionate – and unachievable. Join me watching in awe but don’t give up. She’s the poster child so that we don’t have to be.

What’s your favorite inspirational Ted Talk? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers!

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