I am going plastic free for July – could you?

I am going plastic free for July – could you?

This year I have been experimenting a lot with making my own food instead of blindly buying it from a store. One example was when I made my own jam and clotted cream for mothers day. Following along a similar thought I have also been looking into ways to create a more environment friendly garden, mainly by encouraging bees by concentrating on flowers that are bee friendly (I will write a post about this at some point).  The most recent changes I have made is volunteering for a local organisation to clear local beaches, it only takes a couple of hours out of your day, and can feel really rewarding!

This has all led me to my current thought; how much waste is my household producing, and how easy would it be to cut out one use plastic in todays world?

The reality is that there is a lot of things being sold to the general public, that we accept without evening questioning. Deforestation due to the palm oil industry, and over use of plastic packaging is just two things that are really starting to gain a voice.  But I am not here to lecture! So I will say no more.. it is just something that I am interested in learning more about.

While researching the idea of reducing unnecessary waste , I have stumbled across a number of companies and stores that I had never realised existed until now. The more I look the more i realise, this is a growing industry – and it is one I really want to get behind!

I have become an ambassador for SandCloud – a beachtowel and clothing company based in America that have made it their mission to #savethefishies. It was through looking into this that I decided to start volunteering, it is all well and good supporting something in America, but I wanted to help something closer to home as well!

taken from @oysterworldwide (Instagram)

I have also seen that like most movements, there is something called ‘Plastic Free July‘ A campaign to encourage people to try and go plastic free for one month! Who doesn’t like a challenge! I have a couple of days to prepare, and now i’m looking into going plastic free I am really starting to struggle to find things in supermarkets that would qualify! So I have been trying to find places local that I can look into shopping at.

To begin with, I have made a list of things that I use on a weekly basis that I would need to find an alternative for. See below;

  • Milk
  • Rubbish bins
  • Fruit and Veg
  • Meat
  • Bread
  • Lunch boxes / Sandwich Bags
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Body wash
  • Cotton Buds
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing detergent / fabric softener

Once I have worked out things that I use regularly, my next step is to find an alternative to that. Either re using something I already own (such as containers and reusable plastic) or by seeing if there is a more eco friendly version that I can swap to.

I have already decided to swap shop bought milk, with the milkmans’ glass bottle equivalent, and after looking at them for years, I am finally going to try solid shampoo, conditioner and deodorant bars.

The things I am not so sure about is things like our razors, washing detergent and Meat – the last being due to most butchers and delis wrapping items in a thin plastic for “hygiene reasons”.

All in all I am really looking forward to this, I’m sure it will be more challenging then I realise, but I am going to be really interested in discovering all the alternatives out there – WISH ME LUCK!

Thats all from me for now, I will keep you updated on how I do!

If you are interested in going plastic free, below are some of the websites I have found along my educational travels:

Guide to living a plastic free life

Pfree

ZeroHabits

Zero Waste living UK

6 Plastic Free Alternatives for shampoo and conditioner

Anything But Plastic

There Fill Pantry

The Bulk Market

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