Welcome To Plastic Free JulyMaddy Slade | 15 Jul 2022
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.
We're always trying to do what we can to be more sustainable and look after the planet. According to the National Geographic, more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are already floating in our oceans and less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally.
Despite these statistics, there are small steps we can all take to reduce plastic pollution, and together we can make a big difference.
With that in mind, we've put together some small things we can all do to reduce our plastic consumption and be part of the solution to plastic solution...
Carry A Reusable Water Bottle
Carry your own reusable water bottle that you can refill with tap water at home, work, or at the gym. Many people buy plastic water bottles when they're out and about and discard them after a single use. Being prepared and always having your reusable water bottle handy will help you avoid being caught out and reaching for single-use plastic.
Carry A Reusable Shopping Bag
Plastic bags are incredibly damaging for our wildlife and our environment. Since England introduced the plastic bag charge there's been an incredible 85% drop in their use according to GreenPeace. Keep a stash of reusable bags in the boot of your car or by your front door so you remember them.
Opt For Plastic Free Fruit & Veg Alternatives
So much fruit and veg in supermarkets comes in unnecessary plastic packaging. Where you can, always try to look for loose items that don't come with the plastic packaging, or, even better, head to your local farmers market and get that veg fresh!
Use A Reusable Coffee Cup
Most coffee cups aren't recycled, in fact, according to WWF, every year, around 2.5 billion coffee cups are discarded in the UK — that’s seven million a day and less than 1% of these can be recycled. By bringing your own reusable coffee cup you can make a difference. There's so many options on the market - we love KeepCups. Keep your cup in your bag or on your desk; wherever works for you so you remember to use it!
Separate Your Plastics
If you do have to use plastic then make sure you recycle it properly. So much plastic doesn’t get recycled when it should – instead, it goes to landfills or ends up scattered around the landscape. It is also often burned, releasing fossil fuels and creating air pollution. Always read the label and if in doubt, simply google it!
Carry A Reusable Straw
So many bars and cafes put plastic straws in every drink. You can make a difference and reduce plastic waste by asking for your drink without a plastic straw and bringing your own reusable alternative.
The common theme here is preparation. If you're ready with your reusable bags, cups and whatever else, you won't have to purchase single-use plastic and you really can make a difference!
If you want to learn more about Plastic Free July and how you can take part, head on over to their website here: