Go Plastic Free In July

Are you ready to go plastic free this July and beyond? Refusing single-use plastic is a great way to challenge yourself to live more sustainably and help the planet along the way.

Good on you ( www.goodonyou.eco) have got some tips to help you kick that plastic.

The problem

We live in a plastic world. Plastic is present in every part of our day. The problem is that much of it is designed to be used briefly but last forever. It’s disturbing to realise that every toothbrush you have ever owned and every disposable coffee lid you’ve ever sipped from still exists somewhere.

While some plastic can be recycled, most ends up in landfill or in the ocean, where it takes hundreds of years to break down. 

The challenge

The best way to reduce plastic pollution is to refuse, rethink, and reduce what we consume. Taking part in Plastic Free July is an easy way to learn the skills to reduce and avoid the use of plastic. When you sign up for Plastic Free July, you can opt to:

  • Avoid single-use packaging
  • Quit the top-4 takeaways (plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic bags, and straws)
  • Go completely plastic free

Trying to  go plastic free isn't easy, but if we are going to curb plastic pollution, this challenge is a great way to start—it allows us to reflect on our habits as consumers and look for alternatives.

 7 tips for avoiding plastic

  1. Use reusable cups & bottles

Avoiding plastic is not the same as avoiding coffee, there’s no need to kick your caffeine habit or dehydrate to avoid plastic. Reusable cups and bottles can simultaneously serve as trendy accessories and get you a discount at your favourite café. Check out the reusables at Simply Weigh including foldaway travel mugs.

  1. Ditch the plastic bag when you shop

The reusable bag should be our best friend! Many supermarkets and grocery stores now encourage shoppers to bring their own bags. A great way to make sure you’re never caught out is to always keep some compact bags tucked in your handbag or pocket.

  1. DIY your beauty routine

Almost every beauty product we use comes in plastic packaging, not to mention those pesky mircobeads  that hide in so many body and face scrubs. But did you know that you can create your own natural beauty regime from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard? Lush also offers a range of plastic-free haircare and skincare. Here at Simply Weigh have some available too.

  1. Wrap your food in fabric

Use or make your own beeswax fabric food wrapping to replace cling wrap. You can try cheap and easy DIY beeswax wraps (including vegan wraps, you can purchase some from Simply Weigh.

  1. Brush better

Toothbrushes are one of life’s necessities. But being committed to your dental hygiene doesn’t mean you need to contribute to plastic pollution. By investing in a biodegradable bamboo or wooden toothbrush, you’ll be looking after yourself and the planet.

  1. Say ‘no, no, no!’

Make ‘no’ your favourite word this July. You might be surprised how often we accept plastic packaging when we’re out shopping without even realising it. Be ready to tell every shop attendant ‘no, thanks’ before they hand you your plastic bag, and make sure your bartender knows you want your cocktail with no straw. If straws are a must for you, no problem, get yourself a bamboo one. Shop at stores like Simply Weigh where you can bring your own containers and fill up on the amount you need.

  1. Be prepared

The best way to avoid single-use plastic is to know where you use it most and give yourself an alternative. Too rushed before work to make your coffee? Have your reusable coffee cup ready and waiting next to your bag each morning. Always buying plastic-wrapped snacks on the go? Spend a few minutes extra at the end of each day to prep some snacks and pop them in reusable containers. Find local places that can offer snacks in paper.

We’re all in this together

Even if you only manage to reduce your plastic consumption by a small amount this July, adopting any of these habits in your day-to-day is an excellent step towards shifting your mindset around plastic consumption. And remember not to be too hard on yourself if you slip up! Plastic infiltrates so much of our lives, and sometimes it’s completely unavoidable like in the case of medicine where a widespread, sustainable alternative is yet to exist.

There is now so much plastic in the ocean that it is creating massive garbage patches. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch“ spans an area three times the size of France, containing 1.8 trillion pieces of mostly plastic debris”, and it continues to grow.

Plastic has a terrible impact on marine life. It finds its way into the stomachs of fish and birds, and now even humans who eat seafood are ingesting small amounts of plastic as a result. But it’s not all gloom and doom, there’s a growing movement to solve our plastic problem in Plastic Free July and you can be a part of it.

Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans? It’s disturbing to think about, but it encourages many people to rethink their plastic consumption.

Plastic Free July was born in 2011 from a simple idea—to refuse single-use plastic during July.

326 million people took part in last year's Plastic Free July around the world. Here’s hoping this year will be even bigger!


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