This year, I have decided to take the Plastic Free July challenge, where I am aiming to go plastic free for the entire month of July. After doing a bit of research today and preparing for the month ahead, I started to realise how hard this month will be (I guess they don’t call it a challenge for nothing).
Plastic Free July is a challenge that encourages people to become aware of plastic use, to create a cleaner earth for the next generations. It all started in Western Australia in 2011, and now has million participants from 150 countries!
While preparing for how I’m going to take on this challenge, I started to think about the things that I’ll need to sacrifice this month or things that I’ll start making myself. For example, my usual breakfast consists of museli with some milk and yoghurt. The museli isn’t a problem because I’ll just buy it from my local bulk food store, but the yoghurt is something that I’m going to be giving up this month unless I can find it somewhere in glass jar. It’s little things like that which are making me realise I’m going to be spending a lot more time at my local bulk food store than I usually do!
I am aiming to avoid buying items with plastic packaging because I still own a lot of things that have plastic packaging, such as moisturisers and food items, that I simply haven’t used up yet so I figured I’m just not going to buy anymore, but still use the ones that I own, because to me it seems wasteful to throw out something that could still be used.
So here are a list of things that are ESSENTIAL when preparing for #PlasticFreeJuly
- Reusable drink bottle
- Cutlery (keep it in my bag just in case)
- Keep cup
- Reusable shopping and produce bags
- Bamboo toothbrush
- Jars for bulk food stores
- Reusable spray bottle for cleaning
- Soap and shampoo bars
- Reusable containers (for packing lunch or taking to deli)
- Wax instead of shaving or get a reusable safety razor
- Beeswax wrap
I think the most important thing for me is to remember why I am doing this for the times where I am feeling lazy or loose motivation. I have found a quote that I can look at whenever I’m feeling unmotivated.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
I’m doing this to prove to myself that I can live without plastic, and I want to show you that you can do it too, and how simple it can be if you put the effort in.
If you feel like you can take on Plastic free July, then sign up at the website here. Their website includes so many helpful resources, such as recipes to make things that would generally contain plastic packaging if you were to buy it at the shops. You don’t have to give plastic up entirely, you can choose to avoid plastic packaging or even just give up the big 4 (bottles, coffee cups, straws and bags). It’s the little things that will lead to a brighter future, so challenge yourself and give it ago! You’ll be surprised how easy it can be when you’re prepared!
I’ll be dedicating every Wednesday for Waste Free Wednesday by doing a weekly wrap up style post to keep you updated with my progress throughout the month!