10 ideas to help make your July as plastic free as you can!

10 ideas to help make your July as plastic free as you can!

July 01, 2017 1 Comment

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year. We are big fans of course and we have put a list of tips together that will make this Plastic Free July easy.


1. SHOPPING BAGS

When you're out of the house, you sometimes make a spontaneous trip to the supermarket without bringing a grocery bag. Here's what you do! Always have a bag in your work bag, car, or other vehicle you drive. Maybe also leave a few at the office! This way you don't end up buying another bag.


2. WATER BOTTLES
Plastic bottle floating ocean
Let’s start with some scary facts: 53 billion gallons of bottled water are consumed globally. Only 1 out of 5 bottles is recycled. 40% of all bottled water is taken from municipal water sources. Bottled water costs up to 10.000 times more than tap water. Not convinced yet? Carrying around your own water bottle is very trendy these days! These are some of the brands we love; Mizu,  Klean Kantene and Dopper.
3. STRAWS

In case you're running a restaurant, first have a look at alternatives like PLA straws. Maybe don't give out straws at all. For consumers: ask the waiter to serve your drink without a straw. It's that easy! In case you really like a straw here are some cool ones; glas straws from Simply straw and paper straws from Aardvark straws.

4. COFFEE CUPS

Coffee cups are hard to recycle. Bring your own coffee cup, some baristas may even give you a little discount. And please take your cup like you most enjoy your sunbathing: topless. Do you really need that plastic lid?

5. GROCERY SHOPPING

Špeceraj, Zero Waste shop in Croatia

A lot of cities now have zero waste stores. But there are other alternatives to 'regular' supermarkets that use plastic packaging for almost all of their products:
a. Choose bread sold in a paper bag or no bag at all. Or get one these cool bags from Bag Again.
b. Return fruit and veggie containers to the store to be reused.
c. Bring your own containers to the store.

6. CHEWING GUM
Did you know almost all chewing gum is made from plastic? That’s right. When you’re chewing gum, you’re chewing on plastic.
7. RAZORS
Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.
8. LIGHTERS

Plastic lighters are made from heavy plastic and can travel around the world for years and years. Go back to matches or buy an oldschool lighter that you can pass on to the next generation.
 
9. PLASTIC WRAP

Beeswrap; a great alternative for the plastic wrap.
Who doesn't love homemade, unprocessed food? So why cover it in a plastic wrap?! Especially when you know the chemicals from the plastic can end up in your food. Using glass storage containers is the way to go here. Or check out Bee's Wrap sustainable food storage.

10. CLOTHING

So many new products are made from synthetic materials: polyester, acrylic, lycra, spandex, nylon. In other words, plastic. Please check before you buy; there are so many cool brands that care about the stuff they use. And maybe you can buy a little less as well.


Congrats you made it to the end of the page. Enjoy this plastic free July and here is a bonus tip: Plastic toothbrush replace with a bamboo one ;-)

What are your tips for Plastic Free July? Let us know in the comments below.
 
 
 


1 Response

Francoise
Francoise

July 02, 2017

Thanks so much! Great tips.

Leave a comment

Free ebook 10 ideas to reduce plastic.

Sign up for our newsletter and we promise we only bother you when we have news to share or tips to use! Join now and receive our ebook with 10 ideas to help make your life as plastic free as you can!