If you haven’t heard by now, there is a movement this month around the world also known as “Plastic Free July”. Millions of people will be doing their part in reducing their plastic waste, to help our planet be a more greener place.
Challenge your friends, family and even yourself to reduce single use plastic waste when your at work, home, school, super market or even your local coffee shop. Every person makes a difference, and collectively we can make a huge impact on our way to having cleaner beaches, oceans, and communities.
Getting started and taking the challenge is the first step, we will try our best to offer some tips and suggestions on how you can reduce plastic waste. Encourage others to join you, anyone can get involved and there is no minimum on what you have to achieve. Here’s a list of some ideas to get you started!
- Plastic Shopping Bags - Next time you get groceries, opt for your own reusable bags or ask if paper bags are available as it is becoming a more common option.
- Plastic Straws - It is standard for drinks at many bars or restaurants to have a plastic straw included. Next time ask for drinks to come without a plastic straw and bring your own metal or bamboo straw.
- Plastic Water Bottles - When your out for the day it’s an easy option to buy drinks made with single use plastics. Bring a reusable water bottle to avoid purchasing plastic water bottles.
- Plastic Packed Fruit - Avoid fruits and vegetables that are packaged with plastic. Instead look for loose options in the store and try your local grocery store or farmers market.
- Plastic Toothbrushes - There are many options available today to replace harmful plastic toothbrushes, such as bamboo.
- Plastic Cotton Buds - Like toothbrushes, many alternative options are now available to help reduce plastic waste in the bathroom.
- Soap/Shampoo - Swap liquid soap and shampoo in plastic bottles for soap and shampoo bars in Eco friendly packaging.
- Plastic Razors - Avoid buying single use razors for more environmentally options such as metal or wood shavers.
- Plastic Cutlery - Either getting take out food or eating outdoors, bring along reusable cutlery to avoid getting setting use plastic cutlery wrapped in plastic packaging.
These are just of a few things to get you started for a plastic free July and hopefully beyond. We live in a world consumed by plastics that are part of our everyday lives. The main problem is that most plastic products are designed to be used once, but will be around for all of our lives. All single use plastic products you’ve ever used are still somewhere on this planet today. Some plastics may be able to be recycled, but most end up in our landfills and oceans. It’s no secret that plastic products have had a major impact on marine life, making its way into the stomachs of fish, birds, and other sea animals. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish! That’s an absolutely crazy statement, but hopefully it will highlight and encourage others to think about their plastic consumption. This is how the Plastic Free July movement was born, in hopes that it will teach more people how to reduce plastic consumption and live a more sustainable lifestyle. We know going plastic free isn’t easy, so encourage your family, friends, coworkers, and classmates to join you, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up. If we are going to greatly reduce our dependence on plastic products, then this challenge is a great way to start. There were over 326 million people that took part in the challenge last year and we hope that even more will participate this year! Here is the link to the official site for more great tips and ideas!