Plastic Free July

One whole month that challenges others and brings awareness to the plastic epidemic around the world!!! Yes! Would you like to join the challenge? You can do as little or as much as you want during this challenge. Do what feels right to you. Do not try to compare yourself to others and feel like you are not doing enough because that other person seems to be doing more than you. By just avoiding one daily plastic use in your life for a month, you are doing SO MUCH. By challenging yourself for one month, then you can make a habit of it and continue this practice even after the month of July. Throughout the month, if you want to begin doing more, then do it. There is not right way to do Plastic Free July. 

Below, I am going to list some of my favorite plastic free tips. I will also be posting photos on my feed on Instagram and in my story for inspiration to keep you going throughout the month. 

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The BIG FOUR plastic polluters are:

1) Plastic Straws

2) Plastic Bags

3) Plastic Bottles

4) To-go Coffee Cups

If you are not sure where to begin, these are a great items to go plastic free. These are the top plastic polluters in our world. They are mostly all single use plastic items that have such easy alternatives to switch in your life.

Other great plastic items to quit are:

  • Single use plastic cutlery
  • Single use styrofoam plates
  • Plastic food packaging (when there is an alternative available)
  • Period products (tampons & pads) 
  • Plastic cups 
  • Tea bags 
  • Clothing with plastic
  • Toothpaste in plastic tubes
  • Microbeads in scrubs
  • Plastic shampoo & conditioner bottles
  • Plastic deodorant 
  • Plastic pens
  • Plastic toothbrushes
  • Plastic dental floss
  • Plastic dish brushes
  • Plastic dryer sheets

This is just to list a few. There are so many daily items that are made out of plastic that can be replaced with more sustainably made items. While the discovery of plastic has been great for so many other things in medicine and technology, the daily single use plastic items can be replaced for items made from sustainable materials. 

Did you know every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence on our Earth somewhere? No it does not just disappear when you toss it in the trash. That trash has to go somewhere, and the sad reality is it is overflowing from our landfills, ending up in our forests, parks and oceans. So seriously, every little bit helps reduce the overall amount of plastic waste. 

I challenge you to choose one or more items of plastic to cut from your life for Plastic Free July. Comment below if you are joining the challenge and/or if you have any questions about Plastic Free July.