Plastic Free July
8 simple ways to go plastic-free this July
We all know we should ditch takeaway cups and refuse single-use plastics such as straws. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, try some of these suggestions.
1 - Buy less
Avoiding disposable products and packaging has a huge impact. Thinking about potential alternatives can include choosing the item with the least amount of packaging or switching from plastic to paper packaging. For reusable products it’s better to purchase something that’s designed to last forever rather than buying something that will need replacing regularly. Before making a purchase, ask ‘Do I really need this? Could I borrow from someone else?
2 - Try bulk food shopping
Avoid pre-packaged foods by choosing bulk or loose food. Keep a shopping list and visit your local bulk food store just once a month, to stock up on items such as flour, nuts, dishwashing liquid and more.
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3 - Invest in a traditional razor
Swap disposable razors for reusable alternatives, such as a stainless-steel razor – they last forever and have replaceable blades. While they may be more expensive than disposable razors from the outset, in the long run they can end up saving you money.
4 - Switch to bar soap
Making the switch from shower gel to bars of soap is an easy way to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. Bar soaps come in different blends to suit body washing, face wash, shampoo and shaving, so your line-up of bottles may become a line-up of bars.
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5 - Try reusable sanitary items
Choose to refuse single-use sanitary items, and opt for a ‘moon cup’, period underwear such as Modibodi, or washable pads and liners.
6 - Invest in plastic-free dental care
You can go plastic-free with your dental care, by finding more sustainable alternatives to toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.
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7 - Have plastic-free parties and celebrations
With a little bit of creativity, you can easily plan a party that’s free from balloons and other harmful single-use plastics. Popular decorations that can be reused time and time again, include bunting, tassels, tissue pom poms, lanterns, fresh plants, and more.
8 - Ditch tea bags in favor of loose-leaf tea
Going for loose leaf tea is the obvious winner when it comes to avoiding the plastic that is in many tea bags. You can bring your own container to a local bulk food store, or make sure you buy loose leaf tea without the extra plastic-packaging.
Did you know?
The average person consumes 5g of microplastic each week, around the size of a credit card.
Thanks for keeping our oceans clean and forests green!
Pure Planet Club Team