Want to go plastic free?
If you’re wanting to take on the Plastic Free challenge in July, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, the Founder and Executive Director of the Plastic Free Foundation has shared some popular ideas and solutions for people wanting to get started.
Firstly, Rebecca suggests taking a look around you: “Look at the plastics in your life; check your fridge, your pantry, and even in the bin. Choose one or two items to reduce first.”
You can also make other small changes around your home. “Switch from liquid soaps to solid bar soap, and even solid bar shampoo and conditioner,” Rebecca says. Many of these items are now readily available in your supermarket, but you can also find them at other specialty and bulk food stores.
“Make sure you remember your reusable items for when you leave the house, such as reusable bags and water bottles. Keep them somewhere handy so you don’t forget them.”
This year for Plastic Free July, Rebecca says their efforts are particularly focused on helping people avoid the single-use coffee cup. “Recent estimates put our national takeaway coffee cup consumption at 1.84 billion cups per year — making them the most used single use plastic item in the country,” she says. “It’s not just the lids that are plastic but even paper cups are lined with plastic and most end up in landfill or are littered.”
“Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives: BYO reusable cup, borrow from the growing number of cup share schemes or sit down for ten minutes and enjoy your daily brew for a less wasteful coffee.”
Want to learn more about how to cut out single-use plastics or take on the Plastic Free July Challenge? Head to the Plastic Free Foundation website where you can take the Pesky Plastics Quiz and find resources and ideas to help get you started on your plastic free journey.