Plastic Free July is a challenge of using only zero waste products during the month of July. This event started in Western Australia in 2011 and is now attracting millions of participants across more than 170 countries.
Do you want to be a part of the zero waste lifestyle? Here are some effective ways to prepare for this event.
1. Get some ideas from a zero waste book
Do you wish to join Plastic Free July and get under way for a zero waste lifestyle but you don't know where to start? Several simple guides exist such as Zero Waste Home by Bea Johson, or Famille (presque) Zéro Déchet - Ze Guide by Jérémie Pichon and Bénédicte Moret. The authors will give you essential advice, useful insights and easy tips to start a more sustainable lifestyle, starting with the Plastic Free July challenge.
2. Bring your own cup or refillable bottle
Single-use plastic cups and bottles are one of the most frequently found items on European beaches and they can’t be recycled. If you are an avid coffee or tea lover, get yourself armed with a lovely plastic-free reusable cup - the ideal way to replace single use coffee cups.
If you are a loyal customer of a takeaway coffee shop, bring your own cup and ask them use yours. I’m sure you will be happy and get used to this soon. You can also replace single-use bottles by stylish and eco-friendly reusable water bottles with a natural activated charcoal filter that will do marvels to your body.
3. Say no to plastic straws
A plastic straw is used roughly a couple of minutes, but takes around 500 years to decompose. Thus, reducing plastic straw consumption is one of must-do things if you want to have a zero waste lifestyle. Healthier and better alternative exist, such as bamboo straws or stainless steel straws.
4. Bring your own shopping bag
Fabric reusable bags, such as the Tote bag are extremely useful not only for Plastic Free July, but in general too. They are more resistant, healthier and better looking than regular plastic bags. Besides using them for your groceries, you can use them on a daily basis as your all-purpose bag.
5. Use reusable containers
Glass or steel containers which are a much better alternative to your plastic lunch boxes. Besides being great to carry your sandwich to work, these can also serve as food containers for your fridge - they can be easily stacked and can be well sealed to keep your food fresh.
Let’s change your living habits by following the effective tips above. It is not just for the Plastic Free July challenge, it is for our planet.