July starts starts soon and do you know what that means? #Plasticfreejuly!!!
What is Plastic Free July?
Plastic Free July is a challenge about “Choosing to Refuse” single use plastic during July. Their mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling worldwide. They started from a handful of people in a Western Australia in 2011 and now have millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today which is amazing!
Their vision (which I completely love) is a world without plastic waste.
To find out more about Plastic Free July visit their website here
Also make sure to check out their instagram for heaps of useful tips!
10 Easy Changes You Can Make To Help The Environment
I’ll be participating in Plastic Free July and I’m feeling really inspired atm so I thought I would share 10 easy plastic swaps you can make to help the environment.
1.Reusable Produce Bags
Regular plastic produce bags we get at the supermarket are not environmentally friendly as we use them for less than an hour and they go straight into the bin where they won’t break down for hundreds of years.
Onya have these awesome produce bags that come with 8 reusable bags in a handy little bag with a clip. Their produce bags are made out of Recycled PET Drinking Bottles.
Click here to view the Onya Produce Bags
2. Bring your own shopping bags
Plastic shopping bags are another item that we use for a little amount of time and throw out and spend hundreds of years breaking down. I have a boot full of reusable shopping bags but the amount of times I have forgotten to use them outweighs the amount of times I’ve actually remembered to use them! So I’m not the best example but I can sympathise with everyone that forgets too!
Australian consumers currently use 3.92 billion plastic bags each year!!!! Which is insane!!! Reusable shopping bags are super affordable and are available basically everywhere! You can find them at your local supermarket and shopping centre and through various online store!
Here are some links for some enviro friendly shopping bags:
3. Bring Your Own Water Bottle
Australians buy more then 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year. Even if we reuse the plastic water bottles we buy, they will still take up to 1000 years to break down (I KNOW WTF).
It’s so easy to bring your own bottle! If you’re super forgetful like myself, I leave them everywhere so I don’t forget. I leave one in my car, 3 large 2.2L bottles in my room and one in my handbag/workbag. You can buy them in all different sizes to suit your lifestyle or needs as well.
Here are some links to some cool reusable water bottles:
4. Refuse plastic straws!
Plastic straws are another big offender that we use for a short amount of time and go right into the bin. We go through hundreds of thousands of plastic straws every year. It’s super easy to ask for no straw or bring your own! I keep two reusable straws in my bag ready for any occasion.
Here are some links for reusable straws:
Green + Kind Stainless Steel Smoothie Bent Straws (these are great for smoothie drinkers as they are thicker than normal!)
6. Ditch the daily coffee cup!
I’m not a coffee drinker but I know how many coffee cups we go through everyday to get our caffeine fix. Reusable coffee cups are not only great for the environment but can also get you a discount on your morning coffee at heaps of cafes!
Here are some links for reusable coffee cups:
7. Bin bags!
I only learnt recently that compostable bin liners and bin bags are a thing which is super awesome. Plastic bin bags are crappy for the environment! You can buy compostable bin liners or try using no bag and just wash your bin out. Also make sure to seperate your recyclables from your regular rubbish.
Here are some links for enviro friendly bin liners:
8. Cling Wrap/Plastic Wrap
I feel like this is one we don’t really realise how much we use, I didn’t until I started paying attention. I use to use plastic wrap to wrap all my bath bombs etc and I would never reuse the same wrap twice (so bad I know!) I’ve stopped doing that with my bath bombs and food too. I’ve currently opted for reusable containers but will purchase reusable wraps soon!
Here are some links for reusable plastic wrap and covers:
9. Doggie Bags
My dogs get walked once-twice a day and dogs poop alot! The usual dog poop bags are nasty plastic that won’t break down for years. I only recently saw that you can get compostable dog waste bags and I honestly think thats amazing!
Here is a link for doggie bags:
10. Paper towel and Cleaning Products
You probably read this and were like “Savannah, paper towel isn’t plastic” and yes you would be correct but it does come in plastic packaging when we buy it! I’ve put paper towels and cleaning products together for number 10 because I feel like they go hand in hand. I’ve recently branched into enviro friendly cleaning products are I’m obsessed! I am yet to convert everything over as I’m still using up some stuff but everything I’ve tried so far is affordable and works great!
Here are some links for reusable cleaning products:
So there are my 10 tips and easy changes you can make to help the environment and reduce your plastic waste. I’m a super lazy person so if I can do these, so can you!
Thanks for reading!
Let me know what you think of this blog post and any tips you have?!
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