So , you may or may not have already heard about plastic free July. Although I had heard it mentioned over the last few months, I was reluctant to sign up – we have already reduced our waste, including plastic, a lot over the last year, but we are still very far from plastic free. Totally plastic free just sounded a little too scary. So I was relieved to see a post on Facebook referring to it being about the plastic you manage to avoid, not what you still use. That was just the bit of wriggle room I needed to get on board!
There is lots of information about plastic free July, and plastic free living in general over at plastic is rubbish.
We have already made changes to significantly reduce our plastic waste, some in the last year, others for longer. I have described some of these in previous posts including:
Now I need to think about what new swaps I can make for plastic free July, in the hope of getting the level of waste in our recycling bin down to the small level we now have in our landfill bin (thanks to our local authority taking almost all food packaging for recycling).
My initial tasks to reduce my own use of plastic here are to:
- Find plastic free alternatives to crisps/savoury snacks to help me avoid these for the month..
- Investigate local options for milk delivery ( we have used local milkman in the past but it was in plastic and they foten struggled to provide organic so more research needed here to see if there are alternatives).
If you are joining this challenge, I’d love to hear about any great plastic free finds.
I’ll be getting to grips with Instagram to share some of my plastic free swaps as I go along (@busygreenmum) as well as via the Twitter and Facebook links you can find at the top of the page.