Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. For more information on the challenge visit https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
Here are 5 easy steps to help reduce your plastic consumption in July's Challenge (and beyond!)
When people take the time to consider the packaging of a product, its longevity, or its usefulness, they are likely going to buy less. Ask yourself:
- Do I really need this?
- Do I already have something that can do the job?
- Can I borrow it?
- Can I buy it second hand?
Creating a circular economy saves on the impact of creating new products.
SOAPS AND SHAMPOOS
Soap Bars are now created for various needs including face wash, shampoo & conditioner, body soap and shaving cream.
Soap bars can often be purchased with no packaging or cardboard packaging in bulk stores and eco friendly stores. Purchasing bars will reduce the purchase of water which is the main ingredient in all liquid soaps.
*We encourage you to research the ingredients of soaps and shampoos to ensure they don’t contain palm oil. For more information on the use of palm oil, see…
Did you know that plastic toothbrushes never decompose? And since they also can’t be recycled (gross), every tooth brush you ever used is sitting somewhere on earth.
Some good alternatives to plastic toothbrushes include:
Toothbrushes made of sustainable materials (like bamboo).The bristles are usually still made from plastic, so they need to be cut off before they are put in the compost. You can find some on our website here.
Toothbrushes with replaceable heads. Mechanical toothbrush heads are sometimes recyclable with the bristles removed, and if not, you are still reducing the amount of plastic compared to traditional brushes.
You can also purchase refillable and compostable dental floss packaged in glass. Check it out here
Decorating for a party is fun, but be careful not to use plastic products that get thrown away (like ballons). Consider borrowing items from family, friends or neighbors, when possible, or purchasing reusable (non-plastic) decorations.
Here are some fun alternative for your summer parties :
- swap glitter for confetti made from dried leaves
- choose paper bags to fill with candy from bulk stores
- opt for reusable cutlery, plates and cups
- use a big water dispenser instead of individual plastic water bottles
- offer paper straws instead of plastic straws
We hope these ideas will help support you in reducing your single-use plastic consumption throughout your Plastic Free July. We would love to celebrate your progress and creativity, so please tag us in your plastic-free posts!