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. Plastic free food shop ideas

New Forest Wicker Trug Forage Basket
Plastic Free Food Shop

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. Love To Refill

For the rest of the items on your shopping list, check out your nearest zero-waste shop! These fantastic 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!

Our next-door neighbours, “Love to Refill” is a charming zero-waste shop, located next to us in Ringwood, in the New Forest National Park. Their fantastic range of products includes anything from cooking ingredients, pulses, beans, rice, pasta, peanut butter, fresh, plant-based milks and local raw honey 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. Eco-friendly gift hamper ideas

Instead of buying new pre-filled hampers, why not make your own hamper and fill it with it with your favourite eco-friendly delights? Here at The Basket Company we have a fantastic range of empty wicker hamper baskets, which make the perfect solution for thoughtful and practical gifts, especially as these beautiful trays can be used for storage afterwards! Simply choose your favourite basket from our collection, fill with recyclable paper shred and choose from our Kraft Congratulations Gift Tag, or our “Made With Love Gift Tag” to complete the perfect eco-gift! Now what to fill it with? A reusable bottle/coffee cup, skincare with a sustainable ethos and chocolate in recyclable packaging, all sound like thoughtful and useful gifts for the one who loves protecting the environment!

New Forest Inspired Gift Hampers

4. Plastic free snack ideas 

Speaking of recyclable packaging, did you know you can now indulge in delicious crisps, without harming the environment?

 “Two Farmers Crisps” are the UK’s first crisp company to offer 100% recyclable crisp packets. Their revolutionary crisp packets are fully compostable, not to mention their crisps are absolutely delicious.

“We are producers of delicious hand-cooked crisps using potatoes that we grow, harvest, store, cook and pack using renewable energy that we generate on our farm in Herefordshire. Our crisps showcase some of the best flavours that Herefordshire has to offer”

Choose from a selection of flavours that are crunchy, flavoursome and divine. A personal favourite of ours is the “Woodland Mushroom & Wild Garlic” flavour. Try it – you won’t be disappointed.

Two Farmers Crisps

5. Plastic free storage inspiration

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!  

Check out our wide range of elegant wicker baskets here or why not keep in touch with us on social media. Tag us @thebasketcompany, we’d love to see what you get up to during Plastic Free July.

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