Plastic Free July! Easy ways to reduce plastic waste.

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Jul 2, 2020

Plastic Free July is basically what it sounds like! Doing everything you can to reduce your plastic waste for the month of July (at least!). I wish everyone was trying to reduce their single use plastic waste, but I know, with any new habit or lifestyle, it takes baby steps. Which is why I love that “Plastic Free July” is a thing!

I wanted to give a few things that I do/did to start out reducing plastic waste in everyday life.

01. Ditch the single use plastic water bottles

This is one of the very first things I did. I would make sure to bring a reusable water bottle with me when I had shoots or running errands, working out, going to work at my part time job, volleyball games, softball games, when I go to BBQ’s or cookouts.

Use what you have! No need to buy a new one.

Now, these things I’m going to list, don’t seem like a “big deal” if you don’t make the swaps. I get it, but it’s not until you have created that habit does it actually open your eyes to understanding how much waste we create for such silly things.

It’s kinda like when you are car hunting. You decided you wanted a 2015 Ford Escape, well guess what you’re going to be seeing when you drive around…Ford Escapes! It’s the same thing with sustainability. Once your mind is opened to it, you’ll start noticing not only the waste, but ways you can swap things out for more sustainable options!

02. Plastic Straws? Don’t need ’em.

If you go out to eat…if it’s allowed right now in your area (thank you pandemic), then just say “no” to the straw! If you are uncomfortable drinking out of the glass, bring your own straw with you!

03. Cut out the To-Go containers.

While you’re out saying “no” to straws at a restaurant, bring some reusable containers from home to throw your leftovers in when you’re ready to leave!

04. Plastic bags from the grocery store.

I know that you can get a few uses out of plastic bags, but why keep getting more when you go shopping? I remember being at my parents’ house and they piled up! Even though we recycled them/saved them for bathroom trash bags, it’s still very wasteful!

You can cut out plastic bags by bringing your own! I just use the bags/totes I have lying around. OR you can bring your plastic bags back with you to use again!

Same goes for produce. There are many options of bags for produce, the majority made of cotton or a fabric. It’s the little things that make a huge impact.

05. Plastic cutlery.

It’s such an easy fix! Grab some silverware that you have in your kitchen drawer, wrap it up in a reusable napkin or container and keep it in the car or in your purse! That way, when you eat out, there will be less waste and you’ll still get to enjoy whatever it is you’re eating!


Products I use:

Water Bottles/Cups
they are also running a 40% off sale right now for Fourth of July!

Straws

Stainless Steel Containers

Reusable Bags

Produce Bags:

Plastic Cutlery

The Package Free Shop also has a section to shop the Plastic Free July products for simple swaps right here!


Other blogs you might find interesting:

Four of my favorite reusable items when I travel

Why I became more sustainable

What is sustainability?


Let me know if there’s anything else you want me to cover! I wanted to keep this one focused on those just starting out. Making small switches instead of overwhelming you with an abundance. Just know, you’re amazing for reading this. For taking time to understand or learn new things. For trying new things and wanting to make change. It takes each of us individually to make a change in this world, and I know we can do it.

Send me your pictures or ways you are cutting out plastic!
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