Plastic Free July: What Can You Do?
Plastic Free July challenges us all to reduce our plastic use and set in place lifestyle changes that will continue beyond July. The movement throws a spotlight on the planet’s colossal plastic consumption with the UK alone throwing away an estimated 295 billion pieces of plastic every year. The majority of this is single-use which consists of straws, water bottles, food packaging and plastic bags, the remainder is just not recycled. Plastic Free July began in 2011 and last year 326 million people joined in the effort towards a plastic-free world, so this month step away from plastic and join the cause.
Hobo & Hatch’s Tips to Reduce Plastic Consumption
- Charging for plastic bags may have slashed our usage but still pack your tote for your groceries, if you forget then your pockets will do.
- Avoid unnecessary packaging and buy loose fruits and vegetables.
- Stop buying single-use water bottles, top-up a reusable water bottle with tap water or buy a filter if you are fancy like that.
- This also applies to disposable cups as one coffee a day might not seem a lot but 365 days a year soon adds up. A reusable coffee cup will not only save the planet but also money as coffee shops across the country offer discounts of up to 50p a time!
It’s not all doom and gloom as British supermarkets have pledged to be plastic-free by the end of 2023. Luckily we are inundated with plastic-free alternatives, from period pants, shampoo bars to zero waste shops making July the perfect time to try new products and commit to the long term.
By Sarah Ridgway