Plastic Free July is the perfect time to challenge yourself to not use any single-use plastic – or to try to eliminate it from your daily life completely.
It’s an enlightening experience that makes you realise how pervasive (single use) plastics are in our society.
- Leading an an entirely plastic free life is not possible but it does not stop us from trying. Lots of single use plastic is necessary due to health, safety and hygiene precautions.
- Some of these do not eliminate plastic or waste entirely, but they do reduce the amount of plastic you consume.
- There may be some overlap.
1. Bar soap instead of bottles soap
2. Bar shampoo instead of bottled shampoo
3. Powder or bar deodorant instead of typical deodorants
4. Bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic toothbrush
5. Beeswax wrap instead of plastic wrap
6. Plastic razor for stainless steel safety razor
7. Wooden or bamboo cotton buds instead of plastic ones
8. Reusable reusable cotton rounds instead of disposable ones packaged in plastic
9. Toilet paper in recyclable materials rather than toilet paper in plastic
10. Natural loofah instead of a plastic one
11. Toothpaste tabs or powder instead of tubed toothpaste
12. Loose leaf tea instead of tea bags
13. Fountain pen or refillable pens instead of disposable plastic pens
Bring Your Own
15. Reusable bag
16. Food container
17. Mesh produce bags to weigh your fruit and veggies in (If you’re purchasing a lot). Old pillow cases work too.
18. Cutlery – These can be some from home
19. Mason jar to buy bulk produce like rice, pasta, oats, seeds or even oil. For this you can reuse old jars instead of buying brand new mason jars.
Things To Avoid
See our list of items we stopped buying here.
20. Skip the straw or if you must: use a reusable straw
21. Say no to takeaway coffee cups. Relax, take it slow and sip your mug in house. If you must, get a reusable coffee cup – like a Keepcup.
22. Say no to balloon releases – maybe plant trees instead!
23. Avoid fruits and veggies in plastic packaging
Places to Go
24. Check out your local bulk store (if you have one) to see what you can buy plastic and package free.
- UK readers, click here to find your closest bulk store. If you’re anywhere else, check out here.
- If you’re new to buying in bulk with mason jars, here‘s a step by step guide on what to do.
25. A farmer’s market for some local and seasonal produce.
26. The closest farm – surely they sell their own produce directly to customers as well.
27. Check out Plastic Free July’s website here.
28. Watch some environmental documentaries for some further motivation to get started on this challenge. Here‘s our list of eight must watch environmental documentaries to watch.
29. Donate to an environmental NGO, not-for-profit organisation or network. Here are a few tackling plastic:
- UK based Plastic Oceans
- US based 5 Gyres
- Australia based Clean Up
- International Union for Conservation of Nature or World Wildlife Fund
If you know of any organisations tackling plastic pollution and encouraging the consumption of sustainable alternatives to single use plastic, please comment below.
30. Read up on your county or country’s environmental regulations
31. Read Bea Johnson’s ‘Zero Waste Home‘
For further reference, see our lists of: