5 OF THE BEST PLASTIC FREE JULY SWAPS
If you missed our last post, this month is Plastic Free July – a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.
This year, the Plastic Free July® challenge is calling on people to choose to refuse single-use plastic in a bid to help exceed last year’s worldwide efforts and hit the global target of 1 billion kilos of waste avoidance.
The Plastic Free July challenge helps millions of people take small, daily actions to reduce plastic consumption. Last year, the efforts of the challenge reduced each participant’s household waste and recycling by an average of 5% (23kg).
You can take part by:
– Refusing single use plastic
– Picking up any plastic you see littered
– BYO water bottles and food containers
– Getting your friends involved!
If you have already made the pledge, we’d love to hear how you are doing and what kind of changes you have already made in your day-to-day routine.
If you are just starting out, we wanted to share some of the easiest and cheapest ways that you can make a few swaps in your life which will make a huge difference to the amount of waste you create and reduce your plastic usage.
ZERO WASTE SWAPS FOR PLASTIC FREE JULY:
Reuse your shopping bags
Somewhere between five billion and one trillion plastic bags are used each year around the world, so get yourself some pretty reusable bags to take on your weekly supermarket trip. These are usually more attractive, bigger and last longer too. Plus there’s so many get options of bags which fold up really small so you can always keep one in your handbag, just in case.
BYO reusable drinks bottles and coffee cups
Plastic bottles are the quickest thing to sink to the bottom of the ocean, and although coffee cups are made from card they are then coated in plastic. Plastic particles from bottles are also slowly eroding in to your water so on a whole they are bad for the environment, and bad for your health! Grab yourself a BPA Free, stainless steel or glass water bottle and refillable coffee cup and keep these on hand. Most places will happily refill them for you and if you do ever find yourself without your coffee cup and in desperate need of a cuppa, always ask for no lid.
Swap tea-bags for tea leaves
If you’re anything like us and average upwards of 5 cups of tea each per day, every day then over the course of a year you’ll be sending over 2,000 tea bags to landfills. The numbers are shocking when you think about it! To reduce this swap your tea bags for tea leaves in a metal strainer instead. The tea leaves are often better quality too, so it’s a win-win.
Disposable items like razors may seem small, but over a lifetime that’s going to add up to a lot of plastic being chucked in the bin. Switch to safety razors which you can change the blades of. Plus they look much nicer on your bathroom shelf.
Avoid wrapped fruit and veg
One of the easiest things you can do is to not choose the pre-wrapped fruit and veg in the supermarket. Instead of buying those plastic wrapped, on a plastic tray packs of 6 apples, pick your own from the loose section and either bring your own bag or put them straight in your basket. They’re often cheaper too!
How is your Plastic Free July pledge going? Let us know in the comments!