3 Ways to go Plastic Free this July
Join the Plastic Free July® challenge
Get excited! The global Plastic Free July® movement is kicking off soon and an estimated 326M people across 177 countries are galvanized to participate and be part of the solution.
As we’ve mentioned before, reducing single-use plastic and transitioning to a no waste lifestyle doesn't happen overnight, it’s a series of practical and convenient habits adopted over time. Small actions at home, school, the office and even the local coffee shop certainly accumulate. Remember, we all start somewhere, and sharing our practical eco-friendly tips and tricks is a powerful way to spread the message in our community.
- Eliminate single-use plastic
79% of all plastic clogs up the landfill, makes its way into the oceans and affects both humans and wildlife. In fact, plastic ends up in the seafood on our plates. Those statistics are jarring enough to warrant eliminating cups, straws, bottles and plastic bags from our lives forever, eh? Luckily, you’re in good company this July for the plastic free challenge. This commitment is an opportunity to get creative, learn which areas we can easily excel at formulating solid habits and spread the message.
One simple trick to maximize convenience is to create a “reusable kit” which includes a travel mug, cloth bags, tupperware or glass containers, reusable straws and utensils. This kit could live in the trunk of the car, in the foyer by the front door or anywhere that’s most convenient for you. Make life easy for yourself.
- Sweep the homefront
Since 1907 plastic has increasingly crept into our lives and now it can feel like we’re drowning in it. One tip to reduce plastic use is to put on your detective hat to examine the inventory of your home waste bin. If, for example, it’s predominantly food packaging, consider switching to our jar and bag program. We’ll pick up the jars to sanitize and clean them before delivering the goodies back to your door. No need to buy and manage a collection of mason jars, you can just borrow ours. Cupboards overflowing with plastic produce bags? Just put the produce—naked—in your cart or switch to reusable ones instead. Forget buying plastic cling wrap when you can invest in a few reusable containers to store food leftovers.
Getting a clear picture on where the plastic lives in your home is a practical way to maximize the effectiveness of your plastic free July challenge and set yourself up for continued success.
- Buy local and second hand
The pandemic certainly refocused our attention to our local communities and that’s a stellar way to reduce, reuse and recycle. Produce from local farmers markets, for example, means less distance traveled by truck, ergo less pollution. Plus, supporting our local businesses has a ripple effect on the community, uplifting everyone in the ecosystem. Facebook marketplace and craigslist are excellent options to buy gently used toys, clothing, sports gear and much more. If you’re looking for fun experiences this summer, maybe hit up a local thrift store for a picnic blanket and basket to bring to the beach or park. It’s an excuse to invite your friends out for a no waste picnic adventure or hike—you can handle the no waste snacks. Buy less, buy better, buy local.
Plastic free for you and me
For many folks, plastic-free isn’t quite affordable or accessible enough. That’s ok, beginners can start with making small practical changes and then advance to intermediate when it makes sense. Habits become habitual and the plastic free challenge this July is the perfect chance to give it a whirl.
Many of us are familiar with the ‘I don’t need a basket, I’m just grabbing a few things’ only to arrive at the cashier with arms overflowing. No? Just us? Ok, fine. Once you train yourself to pick up the basket at the front of the store anyways, grocery shopping is much more comfortable. This can be applied to going plastic free this summer—a few small adjustments can be convenient for you and have a profound impact on the planet and our community.
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