“Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution”
It is officially ‘Plastic Free July’ and there are many reasons why we all need to cut down on plastic and most of them revolve around looking after and saving the planet. Recycling plastic requires large amounts of water and energy and the production process is a main cause of carbon emissions contributing to global warming. Also, plastic ends up getting into our oceans and causing large amounts of damage to the sea life.
1. Reusable shopping bags
Buying a reusable shopping bag rather than buying a 5p plastic carrier bag every time you go to the supermarket is a great way to start. Reusable shopping bags come in a wide range of styles and colours and are available to buy at many stores. They help the environment and are much stronger and more stable and add a bit of sustainability to your grocery shop. However, whilst you find the shopping bag of your dreams, you can re-use a plastic bag multiple times until it is no longer useable. Just make sure to keep them in good condition and you will be able to get a lot of uses out of them. Saving the planet by not buying a new plastic bag each time you shop and saving yourself 5p.
2. Reusable Makeup Wipes
This one is for all the makeup lovers! Have you ever wondered how many makeup wipes you get through a year? It is probably hundreds and hundreds, and this is very bad for the planet. There has been lots of positivity around ‘reusable makeup pads’ recently as they are a much better alternative. You can buy a pack of 16 for £2.99 on Amazon and they are made of natural soft Bamboo fabric, which is great for all skin types. These makeup wipes are also very environmentally friendly as they are re-usable!
3. No more plastic straws!
Much like plastic carrier bags and makeup wipes, I wonder how many plastic straws you get though a year? Many bars and restaurants have adopted to using paper straws which many of us have a love hate relationship with. If you are one of those who do not like the paper soggy straws, then I have another idea for you! Metal Reusable Straws! These are very handy because you can put them in your bag and use them whenever you want, just make sure to give them a wash! This will especially save the ocean as plastic straws are NOT good for the sea life.
4. Carry a Reusable Bottle!
According to statistics, in the UK we use over 35 million plastic bottles every day and 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK and less than 1 in 400 are recycled. We can massively and rapidly reduce this number by purchasing a reusable water bottle and a reusable coffee cup. Just like the shopping bags, these bottles/cups come in many different shapes and designs so you can find one that is perfect for you.
There are 4 simple ways that you can cut down on plastic this month. Let me know if you can think of any other ways.