This month is…24 July, 2020
…Plastic Free July!
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.
Plastic is everywhere. We use it everyday in every facet of our lives. However, plastic alternatives offer creative and fashionable options that are re-usable or biodegradable to help reduce plastic waste in our personal lives and in the office.
The Plastic Free July website encourages everyone to take on the challenge and has hundreds of great hints and tips for reducing plastic waste. Now July is coming to an end, it’s important to remember that Plastic Free July is a fun and noble challenge, but working towards a plastic-free year, decade and world is the real goal.
- Coffee cups and water bottles– such a small change, but carrying a reusable alternative with you can reduce plastic waste and save you money as many coffee shops offer discounts to those with there own cup.
- Hand washing – whether you’re washing your hands along to Happy Birthday, Beyonce or Eminem, consider washing with a bar of soap instead of plastic soap dispensers.
- Plastic-free celebrations – birthday parties or office celebrations often include single-use plastics. Swap balloons for bunting and ribbon for paper chains to do your bit to save the planet.
- Lunchtime purchases – instead of buying plastic-wrapped sandwiches, salads or pasta, bring a packed lunch in a reusable lunch box or shop at local plastic-free deli’s.
- Shopping – shopping bags cost 10p and destroy the planet. Canvas bags are stylish, strong and reliable. You can also reduce plastic waste by shopping in greengrocers, that offer veggies and fruit without the plastic wrap while supporting the local high street.
- Single-use plastics – pens, toothbrushes and straws are just some examples of single-use plastics that might not immediately come to mind. They all have alternatives that reduce the impact on the environment.
- Making a cuppa? – teabags and espresso machines can contain plastics, and both are avoidable by choosing brands that don’t use single-use plastics so you can go about your day with a guilt-free brew.
- Attend clean-ups – make a change by attending beach, park and town cleanups to prevent plastic waste and litter from affecting wildlife.
For more information and advice on reducing your plastic footprint, visit the Plastic Free July website.