It's Plastic Free July and we could not be more excited!
Choosing to be plastic-free means you’ll often be choosing the least convenient choice. We know it's tough but don't be too hard on yourself every time you fall off the wagon! We've been there! Learn from experience and ALWAYS start again.
We've compiled 10 EASY tips to take this plastic-free, minimal waste momentum to the next level. We encourage our followers to start small, take your time and build on your good habits one-by-one. Together we can all make a difference!
1. Own Up to Your Plastic Footprint
The best way to avoid single use plastic is to know where you use it most and give yourself an alternative. You may want to conduct your audit for a few days or a week. Track the plastic trash you generate!
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To eliminate your plastic, you have to learn to say no often. Refuse the big offenders and build up your reusable arsenal! Say no to single-use plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws. Replace these items with shopping bags made of natural fibers; metal or glass water bottles; and a ceramic mug or metal thermos; a stainless steel or a bamboo straw (or simply ditch the straws altogether! #stopsucking).
(Seed and Sprout Deluxe Eco Set)
3. Avoid Products Wrapped in Plastic
If plastic packaging was eliminated, there would be a lot less plastic pollution and waste in the world, and people would be a lot healthier. Avoiding these things also forces you to eat more fresh foods and be more creative in your food preparation, both of which contribute to a healthy, fulfilling life. I mean really, why does a banana need any more packaging than what nature has already provided?
4. Eco Swaps
The truth is there are easy and affordable swaps you can make. It is not difficult or expensive to be eco friendly. Read about our Bathroom Eco Swaps here.
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5. Grow Your Own
Fresh herbs and salad leaves almost always come wrapped in plastic at the supermarket. Try growing your own herbs and salad leaves at home to enjoy fresh greens when you want!
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6. Make Your Own (and make it in bulk)
A wise friend once told us, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your body! Did you know that you can create your own, natural beauty regime from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard?
7. Upcycle or Donate
Upcycling is taking something that’s considered waste and repurposing it. The upcycled item often becomes more functional or beautiful than what it previously was. That’s why it’s called upcycling, because the value of the item is increased! If you don't think you're crafty, donate them instead!
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8. Ditch Disposable Plates
Encourage a zero plastic gathering where even a piece of plastic packaging is not allowed. Treat guests to reusable items instead of disposable plates, cups, and cutlery.
9. Wear Your Conviction
Fast-fashion is full of plastic! From the production process to the microfibres in textiles, to the plastic packaging, you may be surprised how much plastic it takes to make one piece of clothing.
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10. Reward Yourself
Even if you only manage to reduce your plastic consumption by a small amount this July, adopting any of these habits is a fantastic step towards shifting your mindset towards plastic consumption. Reward yourself for your efforts.