July is upon us, and as the temperatures rise, so does our global awareness with the advent of Plastic Free July. This worldwide initiative encourages us to look at our daily habits, confront our dependency on single-use plastic, and adopt more eco-friendly practices. Here are some simple and accessible ideas to help you participate.1. Invest in Reusable Alternatives
Start by replacing everyday single-use plastic items with reusable alternatives. Consider purchasing a sturdy reusable water bottle, bringing your own coffee cup, and opting for cloth bags for groceries. Items like metal straws, beeswax wraps, and glass storage containers can also replace their single-use counterparts.2. Choose Plastic-Free Personal Care Products
Plastic pollution isn't just about packaging; it's also about the products we use. Opt for shampoo and conditioner bars, soap bars, or zero-waste floss. Many companies now offer deodorant cream and lotion bars in biodegradable or refillable containers. Remember to also look for cruelty-free products.3. Shop at Local Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are a fantastic way to support local businesses and reduce plastic waste. Produce at these markets typically uses less packaging than supermarket equivalents. Bring your reusable bags and containers for a zero-waste shopping experience.4. Start Composting
Kitchen scraps make up a significant portion of household waste. By composting fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells, you reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills. You'll also create nutrient-rich compost for your plants.5. Plastic-Free Cleaning
Swap out your synthetic sponges, paper towels and cleaning brushes for sustainable alternatives. There are plenty of plastic-free options, such as wooden dish brushes made from bamboo and natural bristle, natural loofahs, and dishcloths made from biodegradable materials.6. Be Mindful of Your Clothing
Many people don't realize that synthetic clothing is a source of plastic. Where possible, choose clothes made from natural fibers like cotton, hemp, or wool. When washing synthetic clothes, consider using a microfiber-catching laundry bag to prevent plastic fibers from entering waterways.7. Make Your Own
Whether it's food, cleaning products, or personal care items, making your own can be a satisfying way to reduce plastic waste. There are countless online resources and recipes to help you get started.8. Advocate for Change
While individual actions are crucial, we can amplify our impact by advocating for broader change. Support businesses that are reducing their plastic footprint, and encourage others to join the plastic-free movement. Check our low-waste, plastic-free and vegan products here.
Participating in Plastic Free July doesn't mean you have to eliminate all plastic overnight. It's about making a start, taking it one step at a time, and making more sustainable choices where possible. Every small change contributes to a global impact, making our planet a cleaner and healthier place. So, let's embrace the challenge and make this Plastic Free July a stepping stone towards a sustainable future.