August 23, 2019

You may have heard the phrase ‘Plastic Free July’ recently and if you haven’t, you are missing out! ‘Plastic Free July’ is a global movement encouraging people to make a commitment to cut out single-use plastics for the month of July. What an awesome initiative! But if you are like us, this movement has inspired you to not let this way of living die just because it is August! So here are some practical tips to help make this habit last all year long! 

Carry Reusable Food Containers 

This is a very effective way to cut single use plastics from your life! We often feel that we must choose between convenience and sustainability but this simple isn’t true! Did you know that most restaurants will allow you to bring in your reusable containers for take out meals? This means that no plastic packaging, containers, or bags have to be used when you want some of your favorite foods to go. 

Buy a Reusable Water Bottles 

We’ve talked about this before in our blogs but plastic water bottles really are one of the biggest contributing factors to our growing problem with plastic waste. If we are serious about making lasting changes in our plastic use then it is necessary to invest in a reusable water bottle. If you are concerned about the quality of the water, you can always look into installing a high quality water filter.  

Talk to Your Friends About It

It’s always easier to create maintainable habits and when you have the support and understanding of the people around you. Also, you never know who else in your life might be trying to cut out single-use plastics as well. A community that can share tips, tricks, and support can make all the difference!  

Research the Companies You Buy From 

Some companies offer products in bulk or let you refill containers instead of purchasing new ones. Invest in companies that make it a goal to have less waste and that reward you for doing the same. Find stores that give you discounts when you bring your own shopping bags or restaurants that use biodegradable containers and straws rather than plastic ones.  

These are just a few ways to make sure ‘Plastic Free July’ doesn’t have to end in July. We are sure there are many others out there. The point is that it isn’t impossible to live your life without single-use plastics, though it may sometimes feel that way. The difference can start with you!