Plastic Free July begins this coming Sunday. I’m super excited to see how much we can still change, as a family, in our mission to reduce our carbon footprint.
Anyone can take part in plastic-free July and it can be small changes you make. Giving up using plastic straws, not using single-use carrier bags and taking your own. Stop buying drinks in plastic bottles. Taking a reusable cup when you go and get your morning coffee. All these little changes make a difference.
We’re charging at it head-on. We want to try and completely give up the use of single-use plastic for a month. I feel like it makes a huge difference and we all become far more aware of just how much we’re using.
We learnt so much last year, and, I feel the plastic-free movement has become even bigger this year after the airing of BBC’s Blue Planet. I haven’t actually watched it, but I do keep my eye on the plastic pollution scene. Not that it’s a scene, but you know what I mean… We learned to be bold in supermarkets, to act nonchalant whilst handing over our containers asking for them to decant our cheese into it. Like it’s the most natural thing in the World. The reality is that we live in a small town and people thought of us as being eccentric hippies. We survived though and now it’s becoming more normal, we’re not the only people doing it. Way to go!
There are things I know we’re going to struggle with, as a family. My daughter is addicted to water biscuits and they come in plastic, the crappy, evil single-use kind. Can’t be recycled, just chucked.
I eat a lot of fat-free yoghurt. The containers are recyclable but it’s not ideal. I’m not sure how I’m going to approach these problems yet. I could make my own yoghurt, but the starter sachets also come in single-use plastic. Meh, we’ll see.
Sharing Is Caring
During July, I’m going to be sharing with you the things I’ve learnt and ethical switches you can make. Hope you enjoy Plastic Free July as much as I do. I’ll be sharing lots on my Instagram so do make sure you follow me.
Thanks for reading.