How To Be Part Of The Solution: Join The Plastic Free July Movement

How To Be Part Of The Solution: Join The Plastic Free July Movement

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages people to be part of the solution to the still-growing world problem, plastic pollution. The main concept of this plastic-free movement is simple: participants are challenged to reduce their plastic waste and consumption for up to 30 days in July (and even take it up from there and carry on the plastic-free habit/lifestyle). 

Plastic Free July aims for the environment to have cleaner streets, cleaner oceans, and beautiful communities by encouraging the participants and all the people to refuse single use-plastics in their daily lives; whether it be from home, workplace, schools, universities or other places where they are out and about.

So, do you want to be part of this solution? Do you want to help us along with 100+ million other participants across the globe? 

Take on this challenge with us. Let’s have a no-plastic July, and work towards a world free from plastic.

And you don’t have to worry because the Plastic Free July website provides resources and plastic-free ideas that can help you reduce single-use plastic waste every day, and wherever you are.

And to add to that, here are also some tips and ideas on how to be plastic free for Plastic-free July:

Plastic Free July tips and ideas

First, let’s understand which items are considered single-use plastics.

Items like plastic bags, water bottles, coffee stirrers, plastic cups, straws, and most food packaging: these are items that are single-use plastics, meaning they are only for one use and are put to waste after, ending up in landfills, and unfortunately, our oceans.

This month, we encourage you to steer clear from these items so you can have a plastic-free July.

Here are several ways you can help reduce single-use plastic.

  1. Start at home.

Usually, kitchens and bathrooms are the areas in your home that generate the most plastic waste. For example:

  • Plastic packaging from store-bought food like produce, dried foods, pasta, rice, crackers, snacks, etc. And don’t even get me started on the plastic bags that the store provides! 
  • Cleaning products
  • Personal care products like shampoo, soaps, deodorants, etc.
  • Toiletries

So instead of using these items that are generating an insufferable amount of plastic waste, consider looking for alternatives that are more eco-friendly. For example:

  • Instead of buying food that is individually packaged in plastic, try buying in bulk, look for refills, and bring your own bag for carrying.
  • Look for personal care products that are eco-friendly or plastic free like Pack & Leaf shampoo and conditioner bars that come in aluminum tins, natural and plastic-free deodorants that come in compostable cardboard tubes. You can also consider buying your products in bigger sizes that you can use for longer periods of time. 

  1. Say NO to plastic straws!

If you didn’t know, billions of plastic straws end up in landfills. They are lightweight, so once dropped and discarded, they get easily blown away to great distances and possibly into waterways, and eventually into the oceans. Once they reach the oceans, plastic straws become dangers to marine wildlife.

It doesn’t hurt to refuse plastic straws when buying a drink, or when you’re dining in at a restaurant. A simple “No, thanks” would do, and it will do greatly for the environment.

Or if you really can’t stay away from straws, you can try plastic-free and eco-friendly alternatives. That way, if you build this habit, Plastic Free July can go beyond just a month.

  1. Shop wisely.

When you go grocery shopping, you can eliminate single-use plastics in your cart by:

  1. Bringing your own reusable bag. Tote bags, large eco shopping bags, net bags, etc.
  2. Choose items that have little to zero plastic packaging. Sadly most foods are packed in plastics. And even worse, they are individually wrapped! 
  3. Consider your local markets. Unlike grocery stores where almost everything is packed ready to be picked, you can refuse the plastic packaging in local markets. Just make sure to bring your own container/ reusable bags.
  4. Buy in bulk. Choose food or items that can last for a long period of time.

  1. Bring your own lunch/ coffee to work.

One of the easier ways to reduce plastic for this Plastic Free July challenge is making a habit of bringing your own lunch/ coffee to work, school, universities, etc. 

  • Bring your lunch box. Complete with reusable utensils.
  • Bring your own coffee. If you don’t have time to make your own before you go, you can just bring your own reusable coffee mug. Some cafes even offer eco-friendly cups, so you can go look for those as well.

  1. Take action.

While Plastic Free July is about reducing plastic waste for the month by eliminating single-use plastics, it also goes beyond just that. There are more ways to help apart from eliminating single-use plastics in your daily life. They include:

  • Volunteering for clean-up programs.
  • Simply pick up plastic (or any) litter you come across.
  • Join/ participate in environmental organizations that help raise awareness.
  • Commit.

  1. Set an example.

Plastic-free July is not just a plastic-free month. It is the perfect time to spread awareness and encourage and inspire others to help make a change. 

The more of us coming together to make a change this Plastic Free July and in the months to come, the better for the world. One effort is great but combined efforts are even greater.

Let’s start to influence our friends, family, and community to make a change in their lives. 

So let’s get started this July. Let’s get started by participating in this Plastic Free July movement!