Plastic FREE July is simply about reducing your ‘plastic use’ the best you can.
We are excited to take part in this initiative so why not give it a go yourself. Here is a staggering fact… In 1 week we go through 10 billion plastic bags worldwide and over 500 million straws are used daily!
Plastic Free July focuses on refusing, reducing and reusing. Recycling is important but it won’t be the solution. There are health impacts to plastic. With food and drink being stored and cooked in plastic. Common additives to plastic include BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates, both chemicals which have harmful effects on humans.
It also impacts our wildlife, with entanglement and ingestion. It is estimated that 80% of the oceans marine debris has come from the land (www.plasticfreejuly.org).
Here are some ways we reduce our plastic…
We have bought glass containers from IKEA to store our food in and use as containers throughout the week for our food/ meal prep.
Re-use fermented veggies containers for storing our tea leaves.
Make our own Shower Freshening Spray, Lavender Linen Spray, All-Purpose Cleaner, Natural Bleach & Toilet Air-Freshener with Essential oils- with only 4 ingredients. Find out more
We purchase the super-soft, 100% recycled toilet paper, from “Who Gives A Crap.” This company donates 50% of profits to build toilets in the developing world.
Instead of cling wrap we use the beeswax food wrap. We have only bought a few because we wash then re-use it. We buy from the Source Bulk Foods Miami.
Produce bags from ‘ONYA are handy too. We use these at the markets and when we go to the supermarket during the week.
Stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic. (Here at our Gold Coast Personal Training Gym we give our clients 20 burpees if they bring a plastic one) WE REALLY DO!
Use brown paper bags when we buy our bulk foods; i.e. buckwheat flour, chia seeds, oats, Himalayan salt, nuts etc. (These bags are already supplied at most bulk food shops.)
Re-fill our own bottles to fill with olive oil, tahini & honey. (You can always buy their bottles which will get you started but then you wash and re-use them when finished.)
We find it easier to be plastic free July at the markets as we do bring our own reusable netting bags and the big basket and we are set. Adopting this way of living will encourage you to be more mindful of your plastic consumption. Overall, the difference YOU will make on the environment has a huge impact. It may seem small but everything counts.
Time To Take Action
Let us know how you go & if you do some of these ideas; we would love to know.
To take the challenge, you can sign up online on their official website and commit to it. They will email you ideas and encourage you along the way. Check it out!