Here's to a Plastic Free July and Beyond!
Plastic Free July is a global movement that challenges people to ditch the single-use plastic in their daily lives. It aims to educate individuals about the impact of plastic on the earth and how we can change it. Reducing plastic use can make a small difference, and help inspire others to do the same.
The movement has inspired over 120 million participants in 177 countries. It helps develop the habits that let you go plastic-free long term!
In our interview with Anika Kozlowski, assistant professor at Ryerson University who teaches sustainability, pointed out the major solution to reducing single use plastic. “longevity is the key right now. Finding items that can be reused. The more we can just keep something in use, the better it is.”
“Reduce plastics as much as possible by bringing reusable containers with you instead of accepting takeout food containers. Examine where you can eliminate waste from your life. Shop at zero waste stores that don't have all of that excess packaging.”
Here are some ideas and tips on how to be plastic free this July - and beyond!
Bring a Reusable Bag
Take a reusable shopping bag or tote bag with you wherever you go. Life can be unpredictable and sometimes you can run in to a store without preparation. Taking a bag like this one that can be folded small and fit anywhere, is ideal for those situations. By having a reusable shopper with you, it’s also good practice for saying no to plastic bags for good.
BYOB - bring your own bottle
Bottled water is one of the most notorious plastic pollutants to this earth - and comes with way too many shocking facts. Just the amount of bottled water purchased every week in the U.S. alone can circle the earth five times…and it doesn’t help that it takes over 450 years to decompose. That’s why getting a reusable bottle is the perfect solution. They also come in many different shapes and styles so you can personalize it to your own taste.
SAY NO TO PLASTIC WRAPPED PRODUCE
At the grocery store, it’s hard to ignore the large amount of items that are covered in plastic. I mean, why are cucumbers covered in plastic? Plastic-wrapped produce can seem convenient for bunching items together or the plastic baggies are easy to carry loose items - but it still contributes to the plastic waste problem. For solutions? Bring a reusable produce bag, keep them loose in your basket or by taking it a step further as Anika pointed out - start shopping at zero waste stores.
brown bag your lunch
There are so many different areas in lunch, in which you can go plastic free. First of all bringing your own lunch is a great way to avoid all the plastic and take out containers that are typically involved with going out for lunch. Of course if going out is a must - you can bring your own container! There are a ton of innovative solutions that help you out with a plastic free lunch. A nice lunch bag that you use on the regular, reusable containers or beeswax wraps, silicone baggies, reusable cutlery and cups!
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