Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July is a global movement that was started by The Plastic Free Foundation in 2017, to help millions of people get involved and contribute to being a part of the solution to end plastic pollution.
Who doesn’t want to live in a world with cleaner streets, pristine oceans and beautiful local communities?
Plastic Free July aims to change the planet for the better and encourages households around the world to take up the challenge, and try going plastic-free for the month of July!
In the 2018 challenge, 120 million people across the globe took part in this challenge, spanning over 177 countries!!
An IPOS survey it was revealed that 29% of the people surveyed worldwide were aware of the Plastic Free July Challenge and almost half of those people chose to participate, that’s pretty amazing!!
Great news for us and the planet!
Plastic Free July 2018 participants achieved the following goals:
- Reduction in their household waste on average by 76ks per household per year (7.6%).
- cut their use of recyclables (disposable packaging) on average by 28ks per household (5.6%).
- contributing to a total saving of 490 million kg of plastic waste each year.
That’s a phenomenal impact!
Would you like to be part of Plastic Free July this year by choosing to refuse and ending your household’s single-use plastic intake?
Here are some tips, and ideas for you to implement throughout the month of July – perhaps even forever:
- Avoid takeaway food in plastic containers, you could take your own to your favourite takeaway place
- Avoid buying bottled water, and take your own refillable water bottle with you
- Source cleaning products from bulk suppliers, rather than buy bottled in plastic
- Refuse plastic straws with drinks, instead, take your own reusable straws
- Buy dried food items (ie. nuts, grains and rice) from a bulk food supplier
- Choose alternatives or avoid plastic bottles of milk and juice
- Choose bar soaps and shampoos in place of liquid soaps and shampoos
- Shop at Farmers Markets or small, independent retailers to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging
- Keep leftovers in containers and other reusables, rather than plastic wrap
- Pick up any litter in public places and beaches
- Use alternatives to plastic wrap in lunch boxes (ie. wax wraps)
- Use biodegradable dog waste bags
- Take your own reusable shopping bags
- Use a reusable keep cup for take-away coffee
- Switch to a bamboo toothbrush
These are just some of the ideas you can try for Plastic Free July, of course, there are many, many other ways of avoiding and refusing to use plastic!
There are some easy wins in the above list, for example, single-use plastic bottles can be eliminated with almost no effort, simply by taking your own reusable bottle.
As is the case with reusable straws, they are lightweight and easily fit in your bag!
These swaps become habitual after a little while, and the benefit to the planet far outweighs and perceived convenience, in fact, most of the swaps you make will prove to be much easier, and you’ll find yourself wondering why you didn’t implement them into your routine earlier!
I’m hoping that Plastic Free July is even bigger and better this year than it was in 2018, and I’d love for everyone to get involved and take part!
So we’ve made this fun 30 Day Challenge Calendar to help inspire you.
Print it out and stick it on the fridge and see how many changes you can make to your routine to help save the planet (click the link below to download).
Good luck everyone and please feel free to comment and let me know how you are going!
I’d love to hear what you are doing, and what wins you’ve made in your journey toward plastic freedom!