This month people all over the world are being encouraged to tackle their plastic-use head-on by pledging to go plastic-free in July.
Plastic Free July is a global movement which is dedicated to encouraging people to cut down their plastic consumption, refuse single-use and ultimately, live more sustainably.
So put down that Tesco bag, shun that disposable coffee cup and let’s make Sir David Attenborough proud.
We’ve all seen the images of sealife strangled in plastic, bottles on beaches and rivers of rubbish, and we’ve all heard the shocking stats. Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. Many of these are single-use.
If you want to boss a plastic-free July, the first step is to refuse single-use. Instead, opt for reusables such as tote bags, reusable coffee cups or metal water bottles and don’t be afraid to call people out.
An awesome way to cut down your plastic use is to shop local, so hit up your local butchers, bakers or plastic-free makers. These shops are usually free from pointless-packaging or unnecessarily wrapped fruit and veg.
Not only are local shops great for plastic-free items, but they’re also the pillars of local communities, so by shopping here you’ll be supporting your local high street.
Hit up your local zero waste shop
Here in Bristol, we’re spoilt. We have zero waste shops coming out of our ears – and we love it! Cut back on packaging by taking your own reusable containers and fill them up for awesome plastic-free alternatives to everyday items.
At zero waste shops you can pick up everything from plastic-free deodorant to unpackaged foods. Find your nearest zero waste shop here!
Get creative by trying your hand at making your own beauty products and cosmetics, such as face wash or exfoliator.
Our fave is mixing ½ cup of softened coconut oil with ¼ cup of granulated sugar to form a natural, plastic-free exfoliator which is awesome for your skin!
Get litter picking
If you want to take your plastic pledge one step further then how about taking part in an organised litter pick in your local area. Or if there isn’t one near you then get a group together and organise your own! Remember though, it’s worth checking with your council beforehand, just to be safe.
If you’re short on time, check out the guys at #2MinuteBeachClean for some speedy clean-up vibes.
Get in touch if you’ve taken the Plastic Free July pledge, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on!