Plastic Free July started out as a challenge between work colleagues in an office. Now millions of people around the world take part.
The aim is to make all purchases plastic free for the month of July (and beyond)
Whether you want to take the challenge head on and try to ditch all plastic, or you want to challenge yourself to make a few swaps there are loads of ways to make a start.
Here are just a few ideas.
Instead of picking up a plastic bottle of water, take a re-usable bottle with you from home.
Not only does this save you money in the long run, there are studies that
suggest that chemicals from plastic bottles leach into the water. Added to that it takes more water to make a plastic bottle than the bottle contains
and very few are actually recycled this is a swap that makes sense.
This bottle is insulated so it keeps your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot.
Ditch the aerosol or roll on deodorant for a plastic free option.
These deodorants come in a cardboard stick (roll on esq) or in a tin.
They smell great (unless you go unscented and then they don’t smell!) and a little goes a long way so they last ages.
In the UK we use around 1.2 Billion Meters of Clingfilm each year that’s about 745,000 miles – enough to go around the world 30x!!
Instead of clingfilm you can use BeeBee wraps, or Leaf Wraps – their vegan counterparts. Both are great for everything from wrapping sandwiches to leftovers, snacks to soaps. And they last around a year of consistent use and can be composted at end of life.
For something different you could try a Washing up bar, instead of washing up liquid. Still gets your dishes sparkly without the plastic bottle….
Of course there are soap bars a plenty, in all sorts of great scents. And because they are made in traditional ways they retain all of their natural glycerin so they don’t dry your skin.
As well as Shampoo Bars.
Different shampoo bars work for different folks, and there maybe a transition period to go through if you’re switching from commercial liquid shampoo.
If you live in a hard water area we recommend starting with These.
That’s not to mention there are options for plastic free cleaning and laundry
Many have multiple uses saving you storage space, money and reducing toxins in your home too!
And don’t forget
Toilet paper and tissues
Shaving and Mens care
In fact for almost every area of your life there are plastic free options out there!
Some areas may surprise you. Did you know that 4 sanitary pads contain as much plastic as a carrier bag?
In their menstruating lifetime the average person uses 11,000 sanitary products. That’s a lot of plastic!
Natracare sanitary products are plastic free. Or switching to a Mooncup can save you lots of money as well as plastic.
So, are you up for the challenge? How many swaps can you make this July…and beyond?
If you make swaps this Plastic Free July we’d love you to tag us on IG and FB to let us know @wikanikoltd