Plastic Free July: A Guide to Reducing Plastic Use in Everyday Life
Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages individuals and businesses to minimise their plastic consumption - and obviously, we're very onboard.
By making simple changes in our daily routines, we can collectively make a significant impact on reducing plastic waste and protecting the environment.
Last year, an estimated 140 million people took part in Plastic Free July. Join them this year and make a difference!
Keep reading below for practical tips and lists for reducing plastic use in various settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, while on the go, and for businesses.
Plastic-Free at Home:
- Use reusable shopping bags for your groceries and produce.
- Switch to reusable water bottles, coffee cups, and food containers.
- Choose fresh, loose produce without plastic packaging.
- Replace single-use plastic food wrap with beeswax wraps or reusable containers.
- Swap plastic toothbrushes with bamboo or compostable alternatives.
- Choose solid beauty and personal care products instead of plastic-packaged ones.
- Refill your household cleaning and personal products to reuse your plastic bottles.
Plastic-Free at School:
- Pack lunches in reusable containers and avoid single-use plastic wrappers.
- Encourage schools to provide water refill stations instead of plastic water bottles, then pack your reusable.
- Use refillable pens and highlighters instead of disposable ones. Or paper pens with recyclable ink cartridges.
- Promote digital or online resources rather than printing materials excessively.
Plastic-Free at Work:
- Encourage colleagues to bring reusable cups and utensils for office food and drinks.
- Request office supplies in bulk or choose items with minimal packaging.
- Implement paperless practices by using digital documents and reducing printing - and therefore the plastic wallets.
- Consider eco-friendly alternatives for cleaning products and bathroom supplies - promote refills!
- Participate in/organise office-wide initiatives such as recycling programs or plastic-free challenges.
- Carry a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, and utensils when traveling.
- Refuse plastic straws and opt for stainless steel or plastic-free alternatives.
- Choose snacks and food items with plastic-free packaging.
- Carry a cloth bag for impromptu shopping or unexpected purchases.
- Use a reusable tote or backpack instead of disposable plastic bags.
Plastic-Free for Businesses:
- Implement sustainable packaging options and reduce unnecessary plastic packaging.
- Offer refill stations for common household or personal care products.
- Encourage employees to use reusable containers for lunches and beverages.
- Provide information and resources about reducing plastic waste to employees and customers.
- Collaborate with suppliers and partners that prioritise environmentally-friendly practices.
Plastic Free July is a great time to adopt eco-friendly habits and commit to reducing plastic waste in our daily lives.
By incorporating the tips and practices above, we can collectively make a substantial difference in improving the plastic pollution problem.
Remember, every small action counts, and together, we can create a healthier, more sustainable future for our planet.