Will you have a plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside. In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.   

Why refuse plastics? Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – this plastic is detrimental to our land and marine ecosystems. It is estimated that since its introduction, around 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced worldwide only 9% of the plastic ever produced has been recycled – with almost all of it still in existence today. 

What can you do? It can seem overwhelming at first, and difficult to know where to start (once you realise that plastic items are everywhere!), but there are a lot of small changes you can make to reduce your reliance on plastic. Here are our 5 most important tips: 

  1. Invest in a reusable bottle and carry it with you everywhere you go! A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute – don’t let yours be one of them.
  2. Use a reusable shopping bag – with plastic bags costing you 5p and costing the planet every time you use one, it’s a no brainer! So no to single use plastic bags when you shop.
  3. Use a reusable a coffee cup to avoid disposable coffee cups which have a plastic film lining which prevents them from being recycled. Most coffee retailers now offer a discount when you bring your reusable cup so you can save money and do your bit for the planet! Click here to see where you can get the best discounts.
  4. Buy loose fruit and veg and other food items – buying your food loose and not in packaging will avoid single use plastic wrappers and save you money on your food shop, as big bags of fruit and veg cost you money when they inevitably go off before you can use them. Buying less, outside of plastic packets it cheaper and better for the planet.
  5. Carry around Tupperware boxes and reusable cutlery, which will allow you to be waste free while you eat on the go! Single use takeaway items such as plastic cutlery and takeaway containers can’t be recycled, and so every time you use them you add more waste to landfill or to our marine and land ecosystems. 

Reward your staff for reducing plastic use 

Our Jump programmes reward employees for their positive environmentally sustainable actions, such as reducing their plastic use. By using gamification, team and individual prizes and an innovative online platform and web app, Jump successfully creates mass engagement in environmental and wellbeing issues. At Swansea University Jump has helped employees save over £9,000 by using reusable cups, with over 36,000 disposable cups avoided!

For more information or to request a case study get in touch at info@teamjump.co.uk

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.


Lawrence Mitchell

Change Management

Lawrence Mitchell

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

Mark Lance

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

PR & Marketing

Rob Metcalfe

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work.