The month of July will start in a few days and for many, that means the end of school and the beginning of the holidays. With the arrival of the summer season, it is normal to start planning outdoor activities, such as brunches or dinners at restaurants. It may also be common to relax on the beach with a smoothie or drink to-go.
In the next few weeks, beaches and public spaces will be filled with vacationers from all over the world.
Over the years, July has also become an opportunity to question ourselves about our consumption habits. #PlasticFreeJuly is a global movement that encourages people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution, this way we can have cleaner streets and oceans. It challenges people for one month, but the goal is to convert these little challenges as habits. This movement has become more and more popular, and a lot of people are taking the challenge of reducing their plastic consumption for one month.
When you join a movement like this, it brings motivation and it allows you to share with a community and measure the real impact of your actions. Therefore, it becomes easier to maintain good habits for the rest of the year.
How can you participate? Beyond the small actions that we hope you already do, like using a reusable bottle or saying no to single-use straws, there are plenty of other ways to reduce plastic in your daily life.
Grow your own fresh herbs
It is sometimes frustrating to see how a small bunch of herbs can be overpacked with a large amount of plastic at the supermarket.
By growing your own herbs, you will not only have fresh ingredients at hand to make your meals extra-delicious, but you will also save money. By starting small, even someone who doesn’t have a garden at home can do this. All you need is a sunny spot, some water, and a little love.
Make your own soap
Cosmetics are also responsible for many plastics that are found in garbage dumps. Having a recycle center closeby can come in handy, but there are many places around the world that don’t provide them, and the idea of Plastic Free July is to reduce consumption, not only to recycle.
All the products sold in stores not only comes in plastic bottles, but they contain several toxic chemicals dangerous for your health. You can simply research the internet to find easy recipes to make at home with natural ingredients.
Plan a waste pick-up activity
During your beach vacation with the kids, dedicate an hour or two picking up any trash you may come across. Take a long walk and bring a bag that you’ll fill with the waste you find on your way. This activity will have a very positive impact on your children, who will probably feel really proud at the end of the day.
Shop in zero-waste stores
These stores are becoming more popular and hopefully, in a couple of years, there will be one in every neighborhood. In these stores, you will find mostly bulk products that are usually locally made and eco-friendly. All you have to do is bring your own bags and jars and you’ll pay by the weight only for what is inside.
Talk about it
If you decide to take the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge, tell everyone you know and invite them to do the same. If you own a business, tell your employees and customers about it and put signs indicating your actions. It will bring up good conversation and it will be fun to share some ideas.
If you want more tips, visit the official website https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/.
You’ll find out tons of ideas to help you reduce your plastic waste.
Be part of the solution!
Written by: Cate Levasseur