5 Easy Ways To Go Plastic-Free This July
Plastic. The vital and revolutionary invention that has played a huge part in our lives for decades.
We are surrounded by plastic. From plastic bottles to our hand-held mobile devices and materials used in hospitals, the convenience of plastic has adopted our general way of life in a positive way. However, it’s what happens to plastic afterwards that’s causing an increasing direct effect on marine life, our land and ourselves.
Some information about plastic you should be aware of
“Cheap and disposable plastic has been a symbol of our throwaway culture and as a result, vast quantities pollute our world. Much of it flows into the oceans, turning them into a plastic soup. A truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute and UK supermarkets produce 800,000 tonnes every year. With production increasing, that’s set to rise” – Greenpeace
Did you know?
It can take just one plastic bottle up to 1,000 years before it eventually breaks down into micro plastics.
The micro plastics that end up in the sea and buried into the earth are eaten by fish and animals which could then end up on our dinner plates. The results of the fragmenting and micro plastics which enter the human body directly can potentially be cancerous and lead to an array of other health problems.
Choose to reuse!
This month we challenge you to take on “Plastic Free July” an opportunity to be part of the solution, to reduce single use plastics where ever you can. This includes single use straws, plastic lids, cups, bags and food wrapping! We know this maybe a challenge for some, as the convenience of plastic has provided us with a simpler way of life, however we guarantee that you will be surprised at just how much plastic you go through a week and how simple it is to avoid it. We are not suggesting that you throw away the current plastic items you have currently of course, instead reuse what you currently have and choose some new and exciting alternatives.
Not sure where to start? We have some great suggestions to be able to help you!
1. Buy your groceries from a local market
By avoiding doing your weekly shop in the supermarket, not only will you be helping the environment by saving amount of single use plastic from the packaging but you will also avoid excessive food waste as well.
This month support your local food & farm market/stall and buy locally sourced meat and veg instead. By using this method of shopping, you can rest assured knowing that the produce is fresh, good for you and straight from farm to plate without any potential nasty pesticides and micro plastics. Simply freeze all your leftovers for next time! If the supermarket is your only option, try to buy loose groceries instead of plastic-wrapped groceries.
2. Find your nearest zero-waste shop
For the rest of the items on your shopping list, check out your nearest zero-waste shop! These fantastic new stores offer reasonably-priced every day household products and the best part? You refill everything yourself, all you need to do is bring your own container!
The Naked Pantry is a charming zero-waste shop located in New Milton, local to us here in The New Forest. Their fantastic range of products includes anything from cooking ingredients, pulses, beans, rice, pasta, peanut butter and fresh, plant-based milks to environmentally friendly household necessities such as cleaning products, toilet paper, cosmetic products and so much more. Who knew you could make a huge difference by simply doing your weekly shop?
3. Swap shampoo/conditioner bottles for bars instead
Try natural shampoo bars that leave hair nourished and healthy. Ensure to find ones that are naturally handmade as your hair deserves nothing but the best treatment for shine and quality as opposed to bottled shampoos that have sulphates & chemicals in them. Cruelty-free, environmentally friendly and healthy for the hair and skin.
4. Make your own condiments!
Did you know how easy it is to make ketchup? There are plenty of easy recipe options that you can look up however our favourite is the “Homemade Ketchup recipe” by BBC Goodfood. The DIY option is much healthier as you can control the sugar and salt content unlike the ketchup you buy in the shops. Plus, the kids will love it! Once you’ve made your batch, keep it in jars or why not reuse your old ketchup bottles?
5. Rustic wicker storage
Finally, adorn your home with stunning, rustic interior pieces instead of plain bulky plastic storage. Our sustainable, timeless and elegant wicker baskets transform your home and enhance your interior space. All of our durable wicker baskets are made from a variety of natural materials, such as willow, water hyacinth, rattan and seagrass to provide only superb quality baskets. Healthy earth, stylish home… happy life!
There are so many options that you can do to help start your plastic-free journey! From researching on how to make your own cleaning products to trading in any old toothbrushes for wooden ones.
Just remember to keep and reuse all the plastic you currently have and choose a different alternative the next time you shop in July!
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