An easy way to get started is to take the Plastic Free July challenge – and simply refuse to use single-use plastics during the month of July. You don’t have to be 100% plastic free to take part, just committed to reducing your plastic use.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. It’s a great way to kick start new habits and begin to understand just how much we rely on single-use plastic – often without even noticing.
An easy way to get started is to say no to the biggest single-use plastic offenders:
- Plastic bags
- Water bottles
- Takeaway coffee cups and lids
- Plastic straws
- Plastic drink stirrers
- Plastic cotton buds
- Plastic cutlery, cups and plates
- Plastic containers
You don’t have to commit to the whole of July to take part. Why not start with a week and see how you go. After all, every little helps.
6 ideas for alternatives to plastic.
- Reusable silicone or stainless-steel straws (carry them with you when you are out and about).
- Reusable coffee cups – many cafes now offer a discount on your drink if you take your own reusable cup.
- Stainless steel or glass water bottle.
- Reusable shopping bags – always keep one handy for those impulse buys and leave grocery bags in the car.
- Take your own lightweight reusable fruit and vegetable bags when you shop. They are now widely available – or you can make your own using netting.
- Collect glass jars for storage - use them for pantry items such as rice or pasta instead of plastic containers.