While searching for ways to become plastic free, I came across Plastic Free July, an Australian challenge to refuse single use plastics for July. There are three main tiers:
- avoid single-use plastic packaging
- target takeaway items (top 4: bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)
- go completely plastic free
While we're not ready to go completely plastic-free yet, there are some changes we will make from today:
- Avoid lightweight plastic bags, by always carrying reusable shopping bags in the front of the changing bag
- Avoid skincare products containing microbeads, by looking out for polyethylene, polypropylene, polymethylmethacrylate, PET, PTFE and PMMA.
- Avoid buying new cleaning product bottles, either by refilling at a local shop that offers refills or by making our own cleaners where possible.
- Avoid using takeaway plastic straws, by opting not to use a straw or bringing a reusable straw with us.
- Avoid using takeaway coffee cups, by bringing a reusable cup or sitting down and drinking from a real cup in the cafe
- Avoid using takeaway utensils and containers, by ordering less takeaway food, bringing our own containers or dining in
- Avoid using one-use plastic bottles, by no longer buying soft drinks and carrying a reusable water bottle
- Avoid using plastic food wrap, by storing leftovers in containers and making my own beeswax wraps
- Avoid buying plastic toys, by opting for sustainable wooden toys
- Avoid using plastic cotton buds, by buying cotton buds with cardboard tubes
These might seem like some of the smaller changes, I suppose, but they're the easiest to make without a complete lifestyle change. Going plastic free, or as close as possible, is a change I want to make, but it is a change that has to be gradual for us.
Are you planning on going plastic free? What changes will you make first?