Plastic Free July: How To Reduce Your Plastic Consumption
The detrimental impact of plastic on our environment has become an ever-pressing issue over the past decade. With figures showing that by 2050, there might be more plastic in the ocean than fish, it has never been more important to change our habits and reduce our plastic consumption, which is where Plastic Free July comes in.
Plastic Free July is an initiative created by the Plastic Free Foundation, which provides resources and ideas to help you to reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home – starting with the challenge of one month plastic-free.
To help you get started with the Plastic Free July challenge, we have put together six ways to reduce plastic consumption in your home.
1. Shop at your local farmers market
Instead of buying pre-packaged fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, visit your local farmers market or wholefoods store, and buy fresh fruit and vegetables without the unnecessary plastic wrapper. Take your own reusable bags with you to carry home your produce.
2. Replace plastic straws with glass or metal ones
Plastic straws are single-use plastic which take around 200 years to decompose. Once you have used all of the plastic straws in your home, invest in some glass or metal straws with a cleaning brush – these can be used again and again, and can even be put through the dishwasher.
3. Ditch single-use plastic bottles
More and more people are carrying around reusable water bottles with them, and it’s a great place to start. If you’re somebody who’s hesitant to make this step beacuse you who love the taste of filtered water, then you can still enjoy the delicious and refreshing taste with by investing in a water filter for their home (such as our filters and specialist taps) instead of buying single use plastic bottles of water.
4. Invest in recyclable containers
Plastic tupperware is not only bad for the environment, but it may be bad for your health to reuse them. Invest in some recyclable containers, made from materials such as glass or bamboo. These will keep your food fresh and help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
5. Buy a reusable coffee cup
Disposable coffee cups are terrible for the environment, but they can be purchased everyday by commuters and students. Instead of accepting a plastic cup, buy a reusable coffee cup and take it with you to work or school each day. You can sometimes even get a discount for bringing your own cup, so it’s a win-win for you and the environment!
6. Switch to natural shampoo bars
Shampoo and conditioner are both essential to our daily lives, and you may not release how often you are purchasing them. Instead, you could try a natural shampoo bar or conditioner bar, which is handmade and comes without any plastic packaging or harmful chemicals. They’re great for travelling as there’s no worry about leaking bottles and they last for ages, so they’re good for both your hair and the environment.