#PlasticFreeJuly – Tips for a month without plastic!
Welcome to Plastic Free July! Thank you for taking the pledge to avoid disposable plastic and to take action for a future without plastic pollution. If you took the pledge after July 1, you missed the first email with tips for avoiding plastic for an entire month. But fear not, we’ve archived that email for you below!
Ready to get started? Here are our top ten tips:
Do a waste audit.
Pay attention to the stuff you’re throwing away – or better yet, go through your trash and recycling to see what’s there! For each plastic item, think about how you could embrace an alternative that doesn’t create waste.
Start with the easy stuff.
Most people’s waste follows the 80/20 rule: 80% of your waste will be the same few common items and materials like plastic bags and bottles. A few small changes can have a big impact!
Buy less Stuff.
About 40% of household waste is packaging. Buy buying less Stuff, you’ll create less packaging waste – not to mention all the environmental benefits of having less Stuff to produce and dispose of.
Stock up on reusable alternatives to common disposable plastics: canvas bags, refillable water bottles, reusable utensils, and more. Keep your reusables in your bag or car so you always have them with you!
Avoid single servings.
Single-serving food items means more packaging. Buy a bulk size and portion out servings into reusable containers.
Say no to disposable plastic that you don’t need. Ask for no straw with your drink at the restaurant, or pass on that free sample in a plastic cup at the supermarket.
Phase out plastic items.
While you shouldn’t throw out plastic Stuff that still works, choose plastic free alternatives when you need to replace something in your home. Look for items made from organic or long-lasting materials like wood, glass, and metal for your kitchen, bathroom, and beyond.
Buy in bulk.
More stores offer bulk food and cleaning products are popping up every week, where shoppers can refill reusable containers without needing more plastic packaging. Search online to find a bulk food or packaging free store near you!
Borrow or buy used.
Sharing Stuff with your friends and neighbors and buying second-hand items both reduce the amount of new Stuff and its plastic packaging that you consume.
Stop buying plastic clothes.
Did you know that synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are made from plastic? Watch our latest movie The Story of Microfibers to learn more!