Environmental · Veganism

Plastic Free July: Top Tips!

How the bloody hell is it July already!? It felt like Christmas 2 minutes ago, yet there’s less than 6 months until Christmas again.. 

Scary thought. 

You know what else is a scary thought? Plastic.. in our oceans! In our landfills! Killing wildlife! 

We all need to start making a conscious effort to reduce our use of plastic, especially single use plastics. And for those of you who don’t know why you need too, or where to start, Plastic Free July is here to guide you through. 

The Plastic Free July Foundation’s mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. Our vision is a world without plastic waste. Over 2 million people from 159 countries are choosing to be part of our annual Plastic Free July challenge, reducing their consumption of single-use plastics in July and beyond.

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Why July? Well.. why not July? In fact, why not from now on? The beauty of reducing your use of plastic is that you can start at any time. All you have to do is say no to a plastic straw, or remember to carry a reusable coffee cup in your bag. It’s that simple. 

It’s bizarre to think that the plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use are only used for a few minutes, but the material is designed to last forever.

Did you know… 

  • a-plastic-ocean-movie-poster-editedScientists have predicted that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish. Such a sad thought really. 
  • That plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the worlds fossil fuels, adding to our eco-footprint.
  • In the first 10 years of this century alone the world economy produced more plastic than in the entire 1900’s. 
  • In one week we go through 10 billion plastic bags worldwide. That just seems so unnecessary, where’s ya tote bags at!?
  • Every piece of plastic ever produced still exists on the earth somewhere today. 

See, scary right?

It’s difficult to avoid plastic altogether, but there are a few ways you can easily eliminate all single use plastics out of your life.

Here are my top 8 tips for living with less plastic: 

  1. Keep a reusable shopping bag/tote bag in your car, handbag or jacket pocket. Anywhere that you can access easily if you pop to the shops. 
  2. Invest in a reusable water bottle and take it with you everywhere. The majority of cafes/restaurants will fill them up for you for free, so not only does it save you a few pennies but saves the environment too. Win win. 
  3. Buy a reusable coffee cup and if you’re a serial coffee drinker, carry it with you at all times. Reusable coffee cups, I think, can be such a cute accessory. There are so many designs and styles to suit everyone, made from different materials such as bamboo, glass, steel or rice husk. 
  4. If you take a packed lunch to work or school, then remember to pack it in a reusable food container. Or take it to the shops/cafes with you and request they put your order in your own container, instead of a single use plastic one. 
  5. Refuse the straw. And all plastic cutlery for that matter. A lot of restaurant’s/bars have started to use paper straws instead of plastic ones, which is tremendous! If you are unsure what they use, you can always ask or just say no to be on the safe side. 
  6. Buy shampoo/soap bars instead of liquids in plastic bottles. If you live close to a Lush store, then pop in and have a chat with them about how to make the change. They are very knowledgeable and can help you find the perfect replacement bar. 
  7. Invest in a stainless steel razor. They may cost more than your average razor, but they last forever and when you think about how much you spend on disposable razors in a year, it’s easy to justify. 
  8. Buy a bamboo toothbrush. Not only are they better for the environment, but they are antimicrobial! Which means that you wont have to worry about any bacteria growing on your handle. 

 Every small change of habit, accumulated over time, adds up to a big difference. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

Peace & Love, Sian  

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