Plastic FREE July

As the calendar flips to July, it’s time to don our eco-warrior capes and celebrate Plastic-Free July. This global movement invites us to step back and reflect on our plastic consumption, encouraging us to make conscious choices for a greener and more sustainable future. Join us on this exciting journey as we explore practical tips and tricks for living a plastic-free life. Let’s make a positive impact on our children and generations to come!

  1. Rethinking Our Relationship with Plastic: Plastic is undoubtedly a convenient material, but its impact on our environment is undeniable. By embracing a plastic-free lifestyle, we can show our children the importance of preserving our planet. Start by educating them about the consequences of plastic pollution and the significance of reducing our plastic footprint. Say Goodbye to Plastic is a great read.
  2. Shopping Smartly: Opt for loose produce instead of pre-packaged items when grocery shopping. Visit your local farmers’ market or seek out bulk stores where you can bring your own reusable containers. Investing in sturdy cloth bags for groceries and produce, and avoiding single-use plastic bags, can make a big difference. Have you visited Art of Zero Living in Greenwich Market?
  3. Ditching Single-Use Plastics: Single-use plastics are one of the biggest culprits in our throwaway culture. Swap out disposable cutlery, plates, and straws for reusable alternatives made from bamboo, stainless steel, or glass. Carry a reusable water bottle and a travel mug for coffee or tea when you’re on the go. These small changes can lead to a significant reduction in plastic waste.
  4. Introducing Reusable Food Storage: Bid farewell to plastic sandwich bags and cling film. Embrace reusable food storage options like beeswax wraps, silicone food pouches, or glass containers. They are not only eco-friendly but also safer for storing food. Encourage your children to participate by using reusable lunch boxes and water bottles for school.
  5. Saying No to Plastic Packaging: When purchasing items like toiletries, cleaning products, or personal care items, choose brands prioritising sustainable packaging. Look for products packaged in glass, aluminium, or paper containers. Additionally, explore DIY alternatives for household cleaners using simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.
  6. Discovering Alternatives: We often don’t realise the extent to which plastic sneaks into our lives. Look for plastic-free alternatives, such as toothbrushes with bamboo handles, biodegradable dental floss, and natural fibre clothes instead of synthetic fabrics. Encourage creativity and engage your children in finding innovative solutions that reduce plastic usage.
  7. Hosting Plastic-Free Gatherings: Special occasions can be fabulous without contributing to plastic waste. Organise parties and gatherings with reusable plates, cups, and cutlery. Decorate with natural materials, such as fresh flowers or reusable bunting from fabric scraps. By doing so, you’ll inspire others and demonstrate that sustainability can be both chic and fun!
  8. Sharing the Journey: Living a plastic-free life can sometimes feel overwhelming, but remember, you’re not alone. Connect with like-minded individuals and join local or online communities to share tips, challenges, and successes. Engage your children in discussions about reducing plastic waste, encouraging them to become ambassadors for positive change.

Plastic-Free July offers us an incredible opportunity to adopt a mindful approach to plastic consumption. We can significantly impact our environment by embracing small changes in our daily lives and involving our children. Let’s celebrate this month as a stepping stone to a plastic-free future, inspiring a generation of conscious consumers who will cherish and protect our planet. Together, we can make a difference!

Happy Plastic-Free July!